RORO 2014* opened earlier this morning at London’s ExCel Conference and Exhibition Centre in east London! This specialist exhibition dedicated to the roll-on-roll-off industry brings together senior level logistics professionals from across the globe for three intense days, where major important topics of the industry are addressed.
On this day one – which was on “Markets under pressure”, Mike Garratt, managing director of MDS Transmodal took the podium first, defining the global outlook for the RORO market and Dirk Visser, senior consultant, managing editor of DynaLiners Dynamar BV just managed, despite a hick-up, to give a comprehensive overview of the Worldwide Deepsea Ro-Ro Trades. Other speakers included Bill Banks from Mann Lines, Lodewijk Wisse from the European Shippers Council, Peter Bake from PRB Associates and Roman Poersch from Wilhelm Borchert Gmbh.
Interesting will also be the next couple of days with the Innovation Forum and the Next Generation Ro-Ro Port Development for which we will revert to advise you.
A small but well attended specialist exhibition complemented the conference and visa-versa with over twenty stands; boosting though the entire event was the parallel event TOC Europe 2014 which comes to London for the first time since it was lunched in 2001! One of the greatest and most important Conferences and events, as ships cannot do without Ports and Terminals, and Ports and Terminals cannot do without ships. Add the equipment factor, products and services and see what you get: the best the industry has to offer!
Ports and Terminals where demonstrating their best services as well as their newest developments in the field and for sure this will temp next time round shipping companies operating any type of RORO (RORO/LOLO, ROPAX te all) to be prsent there too. It is a must particularly for areas like Europe with the many islands and obviously the very important Short Sea Shipping Policy much encouraged by Brussels! Add the Caribbean Archipelago, add The Far Est region and in particular that of Indonesia and its periphery and then see why this is one of the most important, sometimes the most important sector and specialist cluster of the maritime industry.
Sophia Ahmed and her team has put together, alike the last two international events we attended- the October Intermodal Europe 2013 in Hamburg and Intermodal Asia last April in Shanghai, another great event. We will revert when the event ends with more news, views and pictures.
Do please watch the video herebelow:
* Organised by Informa Exhibitions and co-located with TOC Europe and PCL (Port Centric Logistics) Europe.