Ro-Ro 7 7 Scheduled For June 21-22, 1977 In London, England

This year's Ro-Ro Conference and Exhibition—Ro-Ro 77—will be held on June 21-22 in the London Hilton Hotel, London, England.

The meeting will take place against a background of continued acceleration in international ro-ro traffic, with new ships increasing the world ro-ro cargo fleet by as much as 40 percent by the end of the year.

A comprehensive program of international speakers is now being finalized. The scope of the meeting will focus on every link of the ro-ro chain — the ships, the trailers, the linkspans, the berths—and various other aspects of ro-ro technology and trades.

Reflecting the interest shown at the very successful Ro-Ro 76 meeting, it is intended to include a panel session on the activity in the Mideast, providing a much needed opportunity for an open exchange of views between shipper, ship operator and the ports — bringing delegates up-to-date on the latest situation.

Papers in the ship design session of the conference will include an examination of the claims made for the stowage and handling rates of ro-ro. Design improvements to the larger vessels now report stowage factors approaching cellular ships and roll-off rates of 10,000 tons in a working day. Moreover, the success of the basic ro-ro hull has influenced naval a r c h i t e c t s to adapt the concept to other forms of sea transport such as barges and pontoons, and these will be studied at the conference.

The rapid advance in the size and scope of the ro-ro ship has raised questions of safety. Areas of concern to be stressed at the meeting include the unknown trailer load, the condition of the vehicles, and the attitude of the regulatory bodies toward the ships.

Ro-ro delegates will have the opportunity to see at first hand some of the latest developments in ro-ro technology and hardware which will be on display adjacent to the conference hall.

Full details about the conference may be obtained from R.A.B.

Sim, Director, BML Business Meetings Limited, 2 Station Road, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1QP, England.

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