There was a buzz of excitement at the second annual Galveston RoRo Rodeo last week, where 45 trainees and two global OEMs came together for a day of hands-on learning and collaboration.

With Caterpillar and Case New Holland (CNH) sharing advice on how best to load and handle their equipment, attendees learned how to improve productivity and safety while reducing the risk of cargo damage.

Eleven on-site learning stations – including one lashing station – gave trainees the opportunity to handle and load a range of equipment, from bulldozers and excavators to tractors. At the lashing station, attendees learnt how to tie different types of cargo to both roll trailers and bolsters.

WW Ocean Galveston port manager Hank Bivins described the event as a resounding success. “The equipment market in the Gulf Coast area is huge, so sufficient training on these high and heavy machines is particularly relevant for local stevedores.”

“For those attending, it was great that Caterpillar and CNH representatives were present,” he continued.

“Their insights are obviously invaluable when it comes to operating the machinery. Equally, it’s excellent for the manufacturers to see how their cargo is handled in the port setting.”

Galveston RoRo Rodeo, now in its second year, follows on from the original RoRo Rodeos in Baltimore, pioneered by WW Ocean in 1997. Similar events in Panama cater for stevedores and terminal workers from the surrounding Latin America area.