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Ro-ro industry revs-up for RORO 2008

This year’s RORO 2008 – the industry’s premier exhibition and conference for the ro-ro sector – is shaping up to be the most exciting in the event’s long history. Returning to Sweden for the 25th event, over 120 companies will be exhibiting at the Svenska Mässan in Gothenburg, 20-22 May 2008.

RORO is renowned as the industry’s launch-pad and provides the perfect opportunity to promote new products and services to leading decision makers.

This year will be no exception. Many of the show’s 32 exhibiting ports will be unveiling new projects including Calais Port 2015 an innovative development involving a €130million investment programme to grow the Port of Calais to handle a projected 50% increase in traffic by 2020. The Port of Rostock in Germany will also be on-hand to provide an update on its current €17million project to extend its dedicated ferry and ro-ro terminal. Our host, the Port of Gothenburg will be explaining how its joint venture with Uddevalla and Varberg support the Baltic region for the import and export of goods through the operation of 17 specialised terminals. The port is also arranging a tour of its facilities to show-off its ro-ro terminal, container crossdocking and environmental commitments such as cold ironing and working eco-driving.

Equipment manufacturers will be a key feature of this year’s show and many have exciting stories to tell. Kalmar Industries – a staunch supporter of RORO - is currently celebrating a mammoth order from Hanjin Shipping to supply 96 terminal tractors for operations at Hanjin’s new Pusan terminal. And engineering group MacGREGOR has recently won a contract to design and build a ship-to-ship vehicle transfer system for the US Navy and has signed orders to supply the liftable car decks for 12 pure car/truck carriers building in China and Korea. Representatives from both companies will be delighted to discuss these developments with exhibition visitors.

Technology company Visy Gate will be using the show to launch its new Port Access Control System (PACS). This is new ISPS compliant software package designed to manage port-wide traffic and gate automation for vehicles, rail wagons, cargo and people. PACS is the only access control system made specifically for port and terminal operations.

The show also provides an unrivalled opportunity to catch-up on the latest additions to the ro-ro fleet and to discuss the benefits of increased fleet capacity direct with the operators. Exhibitor Wallenius Wilhemsen has recently ordered four of the largest newbuild ro-ro vessels, Grimalidi has 19 new vessels on order, and Godby Shipping has newly introduced two 10,000 tonne ships to its fleet to service UPM’s Finland/Spain route.

Exhibitor companies themselves are expanding to take advantage of global opportunities. Lifting gear and cargo handing specialist Fyns Kran Udstyr, for example, will be explaining the range of services offered through its recently commissioned Singapore and Dubai offices.

RORO 2008 also incorporates a high-level conference majoring on the environmental issues facing the industry as well as a tour of the Port of Gothenburg and a range of social and networking events.


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