Stevedores shown the ropes at Galveston RoRo Rodeo

Last week’s RoRo Rodeo in Galveston, Texas, saw two OEM goliaths show terminal workers and port stevedores how best to handle, load and drive their machinery. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean reports back on the action.

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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.

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An instructor explains the wheel loader to a longshoreman during the RoRo Rodeo.

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An instructor goes over the operation of the pneumatic compactor with longshoremen.

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An instructor demonstrates how to operate an excavator from the drivers seat.

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A longshoreman learns how to operate a front end loader.

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A longshoreman learns how to drive an excavator during the RoRo Rodeo at the Port of Galveston.

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.”

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A group photo of the longshoremen that participated in the morning session of the RoRo Rodeo.

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.

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