PRB Associates specialises in economic, operational and business analysis and market appraisal in the Shipping, Ports, Transport and Logistics sectors, with particular focus on short sea unit load (ferry and container service) activities.
Peter Baker has a working background in Operational Research and Finance and latterly as a Manager and Business Analyst for a major terminal and ferry operator. After founding PRB Associates in 1998, projects have been successfully completed for freight generators, freight transport service providers, port operators and various public sector organisations; including the Department for Transport and DEFRA.
Assignments, led by PRB Associates, or contributing as part of a larger project team, have ranged from service analyses, feasibility studies and economic impact studies, to market appraisal, national transport strategy formulation and UK ports resilience.
Key to maintaining close contact with the Short Sea Shipping and Transport sector is PRB Associates' Survey of UK Short Sea Freight RoRo and LoLo Capacity. Produced annually since 2000, following intense research and industry contact, the Report provides a comprehensive appraisal of services, vessels and ports engaged in the sector. The annual report, comprising over 140 pages of market capacity and growth assessment plus current topical features, supported with graphs, tables and detailed appendices is recognised in the industry as an invaluable reference and business planning tool.
For the first time in 2009 PRB Associates has also published an Irish freight RoRo and LoLo capacity report comprising 75 pages of information and analysis, focusing on unit load facilities at Irish ports and all the RoRo ferry and container services calling at these ports.
In addition to the UK and Irish Reports the same concept of capacity evaluation has been used to assess market capacity for both freight and passengers in the Baltic region and could be used to assess other markets according to customer demand and requirements.
PRB Associates has also undertaken full surveys and analyses of container and RoRo handling equipment, door to door trailer and container operators serving the UK-Continent market and Short Sea car carrier fleets. The UK capacity survey database has also frequently been used to assess market sub sectors, regional/geographic sub sectors, capacity utilisation and fleet development as a part of ad hoc commisions.