Availability Payment Public-Private Partnerships for Port Projects

Many ports in the Americas are planning to expand and upgrade their ports. Authorities are looking to prepare for new projects including: adjusting their ports for the largest generation vessels, modernizing their road and intermodal connections and “greening” their port infrastructure. This discussion describes how availability payment public-private partnership agreements could be used by port authorities to address their capital expenditure funding gaps and improve the quality of maritime infrastructure expansion projects. Presenters will highlight some of the funding challenges port authorities currently face, and how the P3 model can be applied as an alternative approach to funding and delivering common user facilities and port expansion projects.


  • Albert Dotson, Partner, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
  • Jon Godsmark, Senior Vice President, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors
  • John LaRue, Executive Director, Port of Corpus Christie
  • Philippe Rapin, Strategy and Technical Transaction Advisory Americas – P3/PPP, Mott MacDonald
  • Jeff Parker, President, Parker Infrastructure Partners, LLC