Ports and Freight Rail

The U.S. ports and freight rail sectors have been buffeted by a challenging economic environment in recent years. As global economies continue to recover and import and export demand grows, so too will the ports and freight rail industries in the coming years.

Not every deal is a “golden opportunity”
Until recently, transactions in the port sector were a so-called ‘guaranteed success’. This is no longer true. The crisis created a number of issues: it is more difficult to attract volume and financing. Returns on investment are under pressure, giving rise to an urgent need for creative and innovative P3 structures, contracts and financing options.

An integral IMG Rebel solution
IMG Rebel likes a challenge. How do you close a transaction which is good for both the terminal operator and the port authority? Port authorities are often semi-government organizations with the aim to achieve certain political and economic goals, and terminal operators direct for profit maximization. Our background and experience puts us in a position to strike a balance between both public and private perspectives. It is our belief to apply an integral approach: a combination of financial, banking, legal and tendering expertise taking the political background into account.

IMG Rebel has intimate knowledge of the port sector
IMG Rebel has developed long-standing relationships with key players in the port industry including port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines, lenders and investors. We hold extensive experience evaluating industry trends, reviewing port leases, and analyzing tariff structures.

IMG Rebel is involved in every project development phase: from strategy to feasibility, funding and contracting. The business case is based on technical, logistical, operational input and the financial flows between the operator and the Authority. We place the business case and the financial model at the core of our advice. IMG Rebel always aims for the optimum financial solution. Our financial models are used to make the port development completely transparent to all parties involved. Risks and responsibilities are allocated to the appropriate party. We will develop a tailor made financial structure for each of the projects, always keeping in mind that value-for-money is leading.

Freight rail is an integral part of the cargo transportation network
The U.S. freight rail network is widely considered one of the most dynamic freight systems in the world. We continue to observe significant growth in intermodal traffic - the transport of goods on trains before and/or after transfers from other modes of transportation. As U.S. economic and population growth progresses, intermodal transportation will become even more critical to domestic cargo transportation. The emergence of double-stacked containers on railcars, as well as improvements in service and facilities, will enable the rail intermodal industry to absorb the anticipated growth in freight movement. IMG Rebel expects that further changes in technology, competition, and world trade patterns will continue to make this a highly dynamic industry.

Project selection

Rail Corridor for Colorado Department of Transportation

Client: Colorado Department of Transportation


Zero Emissions Container Movement Financial Assessment

Client: USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy/Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles


Gerald Desmond Bridge Project

Client: USDOT TIFIA Joint Program Office