“Programs such as the Ro-Ro Rodeo are one of the reasons that the port of Manzanillo is known to have a reputation as the biggest transshipment centre in the Americas with the most efficient cargo handling.”
Can you drive a bulldozer backwards? What about maneuvering a crane through a labyrinth of pylons?
Earlier this year, more than 200 longshoremen, port operators and agencies from across Latin America flocked to Panama to try just that, and much more, at the 3rd Annual Ro-Ro Rodeo, sponsored by the Port of Manzanillo and WWL. Held over 12-14 March, the rodeo is a tried-and-tested way of getting hands-on heavy equipment driver training on new and sometimes unusual vehicles.
Participants took part in operational training exercises and equipment handling demonstrations hosted by major agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers. The manufacturers also discussed their operating procedures and answered questions about their products. The event showcased excavators, bulldozers, cranes, harvesters and other heavy equipment from John Deere, Komatsu, Kalmar, Tadano and Caterpillar.
“Programs such as the Ro-Ro Rodeo are one of the reasons that the port of Manzanillo is known to have a reputation as the biggest transshipment centre in the Americas with the most efficient cargo handling,” says Mary Carmen Barrios, WWL’s General Manager of Operations for Latin America.
The port of Manzanillo handles more than 200 calls by WWL-operated vessels per year and is ranked as the number one RoRo transshipment centre in the world.