Managing Director & Global Head of Advisory, Seabury Maritime
Patrick Bird leads Seabury Maritime’s advisory practice globally. He specializes in the execution of complex maritime transactions and brings expertise from the private sector side, including negotiating concession agreements with Port Authorities, developing Greenfield ports and terminals and other long-term commercial contracts across the maritime sectors.
Mr. Bird has more than 15 years’ experience in the shipping, oil & energy and infrastructure development sectors. He has a strong understanding of international markets from living and working abroad in Europe, US, China, the Middle East and across Africa throughout his career. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Bird has held various positions in terminal operations, liner trade pricing and new port business development with the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.
Prior to joining Seabury, Mr. Bird was Chief Commercial Officer & Head of Government Relations for INTELS Nigeria Limited, Africa’s largest oil & gas logistics company, with annual turnover in 2016 of $750 million. In his role as CCO, he was responsible for generating new business from and coordinating the relationships with over 150 oil & gas related companies operating in Africa.
He has been directly involved in structuring and successfully securing a number of greenfield and brownfield port projects globally including the FreePort of Monvrovia in Liberia, the Port of Pipavav in India, and multiple other expansion projects across APM Terminals’ African, Middle-Eastern and Indian portfolio of ports. His last project before leaving APM Terminals was the $5 billion greenfield Badagry multi-purpose port and Free Trade Zone development in Nigeria, which he led from inception and continues to advise on.
His professional associations include the American Association of Port Authorities, North Atlantic Ports Association, the Mariners Advisory Committee of the Bay and Delaware River and Young Shipping Professionals of New York.