Each year we receive tremendous support from the manufacturers, who send out technical representatives to conduct the training.
This year’s annual RoRo Rodeo took place on May 14-15 2013 at the Port of Baltimore’s Dundalk Marine Terminal. The event gathers technical professionals from large rolling equipment manufacturers together with Stevedores for two days of intense training and sharing best practices for handling heavy equipment.
“This year’s rodeo was supported by Komatsu, Deere Agriculture, Deere Construction, Case Construction snf Agriculture, JLG, New Holland, Claas, AGCO with the Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Challenger brands, and Caterpillar,” says Jonathan Streett, Cargo Quality, Region Americas for WWL. ”In all, we had 39 manufacturer technical representatives teaching 159 International Longshoremen over a two day period in the proper handling techniques of the equipment,” he adds.
With the theme that “Quality is Good Business”, the focus of the RoRo Rodeo is training on loading, lashing and maneuvering tactics in order to reduce damage and strengthen quality. Changes in the controls of a machine from one year to another can be complicated. Even the most seasoned veterans can have something new to learn at this event. “Each step in learning and understanding how the equipment works is one step further away from possible damage,” says Doug Petersen, Vice President Corporate Accounts for WWL.
”Each year we receive tremendous support from the manufacturers, who send out technical representatives to conduct the training. It is a great investment in partnership and quality handling, and should be used as a model in all of our ports around the globe,” he adds.
WWL also hosted the major manufacturers and technical representatives onboard the frontrunner vessel M/V Carmen. The event featured dinner and tours as the vessel transited from Dundalk Marine Terminal to Fairfield berth.