RORO88 9th International Conference & Exhibition on Roll-On/Roll-Off Marine Transport

RO/RO 88, the 9th International Conference and Exhibition on through transport utilizing roll-on/ roll-off (RO/RO) methods, will be held at the Svenska Massan in Gothenburg, Sweden, from June 7-9, 1988.

The central theme of the conference will be the future of the RO/RO business. Leading spokesmen from the various sectors of through transport, such as shipping, ports, carriers and regulators, will discuss a number of important issues and ideas affecting the industry during the three-day, nine-session event.

For example, Leo Collar, president of Crowley Maritime Corporation, San Francisco, Calif., will present "A New Dimension—Strategic RO/RO Operations in Both Hemispheres," during the conference's first session, "Markets and Trading." During Session 3 on Wednesday, June 8, Mr. Zanetti, president of both the Port of Trieste and the Association of Italian Ports, will discuss "The Role of the Italian Ports in Expanding RO/RO Operations in the Mediterranean." During Session 4, which runs parallel with Session 3, Mr. Paro, vice president of Diesel Technology Oy Wartsila AB, Vasa, Finland, will present "Cost-Effective and Reliable Machinery Concepts for RO/RO Vessels." The nine sessions that will be presented during the conference are: "Marketing and Trading"; "In Four Years the European Trade Barriers Come Down"; Port Futures— Emerging and Expanding"; "Stevedoring and Lashing"; "Ship Design and Efficiency"; "Volume RO/RO— Car Trades and Forest Products"; "RO/RO Terminal Developments"; "Rail Traffic"; "Ship Survivability"; and "Forklift Trucks and Terminal Tractors." A well-established feature of the RO/RO event is its large exhibition, which will provide attendees and exhibitors an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face and explore business ventures. About 100 exhibitors will be on hand representing a number of sectors from RO/RO handling, shipping lines, ports, marine machinery and equipment.

The City of Gothenburg and its port will be the hosts for the RO/RO 88 social events. On Wednesday evening, June 8, a special gala reception and dinner will be hosted by the Port of Gothenburg aboard one of the Stena Line super ferries sailing between Sweden and Denmark.

On Thursday, June 9, there will be an opportunity for delegates to join a guided tour of the Port of Gothenburg's facilities. A post-conference tour on June 10 will visit a Volvo production line at one of the Group's most modern factories.

For additional information on registration and attendance, contact: The Secretariat, 2 Station Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, U.K. WD3 1QP; telephone: Ricksmanworth (0923) 776363; fax: (0923) 777206; and telex: 924312.

RORO 88 PROGRAM & TOURS Tuesday, June 7 09.00 Conference Registration Opens 09.00 RORO Exhibition Opens 12.00 PGS Warm Welcome Reception 14.00 RORO Conference Opens Session 1: Markets and Trading "Global Liner Traffic—A Current and Future Analysis of Routes, Commodities and Cargo Flows," M. Sclar, vice president, Temple, Barker & Sloane Inc.

"Changes on the Atlantic—RORO Provides the Cutting Edge," G. Hasse, president, Atlantic Container Line.

"A National Carrier Looks to the Future," Dr. Saad A. Al-Ghamdi, chief executive, National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia.

"A New Dimension—Strategic RORO Operations in Both Hemispheres," L. Collar, president, Crowley Maritime Corporation.

"Brazilian Through Transport—The Way Ahead for Shipping and Ports," R. Klien, owner, Transroll Navegacao SA.

"Can the West European Shipowner Avoid Flagging Out to Remain Competitive?" P. Smith, manager-shipping policy, Swedish Shipowners Association.

Session 2: In Four Years the European Trade Barriers Come Down "EEC Shipping Policy and Future Priorities," N. Turns, principal administrator, EEC Council Secretariat.

"The Next 5-10 Years of Through Transport—Who Will Succeed?" P. Rosendal, managing director, International Transport Advisers.

"Use Not Ownership for Intermodal Efficiency," J. Cleary, chairman, TIP Europe pic.

"The Through-Transporters View—Post-1993," G.P.

Cave-Wood, chairman. Cave Wood Transport Ltd.

18.30 Welcome Reception from the City of Gothenburg in the City Hall (Borsen) Gustav Adolfs Torg Wednesday, June 8 09.00 Session 3, Part 1: Port Futures—Emerging and Expanding (parallel with Session 4) "Today's Reality Versus Yesterday's Dream—At Changes in Third World Ports," G. de Monie, director, Antwerp Port Engineering & Consulting (APEC).

"The Role of the Italian Ports in Expanding RORO Operations in the Mediterranean," M. Zanetti, president, Port of Trieste and president. Association of Italian Ports.

Session 3 Part II: Stevedoring & Lashing (parallel with Session 4) "Stevedoring for High Volume Ferry Traffic—Rolling/Containers/ Rail," B. von Gerber, operations manager, Port of Stockholm.

"New Cargo Handling Methods—Ro-Lux and More," L.

Arminen, development manager, Steveco, Kotka and Hamina.

"Safe Packing and Securement of Cargo in Freight Containers and Vehicles," A new film introduced by: R. Bacon, technical coordinator, Videotel Marine International Ltd.

"The Lashing Problem Continues Because the Weak Links Are Still There," Capt. H. Stradt, marine surveyor, Allcargo Hafendienstleistungen GmbH.

"IMO Code of Safe Practice for Stowing and Securing Cargo," S. Felding, International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Panellist: Capt. H. Wasser, manager, Gerd Buss Afrika Terminal (Handling RORO Services of POL to Australia and the Mediterranean and Hoegh to West Africa).

09.00 Session 4: Ship Design and Efficiency (parallel with Session 3) "New Catamaran RORO Design for Norwegian Coastal Service—A Breakthrough in Hull Design," J. E. Wahl, director, IKO Logistikk AS.

RORO Conversions: Economic Ways to Increase Capacity and Improve Profitability—Featuring Case Study of Tor Line's Conversion of the Oden Vessels," O. Fastesson, managing director, Tor Line AB and J. Christensen, managing director, FKAB.

"Flexibility in Ship Tailoring and Management Provides Many RORO Solutions—A Presentation on the Multipurpose Use of the Searunner Class," Speaker to be announced, Stena AB.

"Cost-Effective and Reliable Machinery Concepts for RORO Vessels," D. Paro, vice president, Diesel Technology Oy Wartsila AB.

Lunch for Registered Conference Delegates NB: During the afternoon of Wednesday, June 8, there will be an opportunity for interested delegates to join a conducted tour of the Gothenburg Port facilities.

14.30 Session 5: Volume RORO—Car Trades and Forest Products (parallel with Session 6) "Preparing for the Future—New Ships and New Opportunities," O. Larsen, managing director, HUAL Hoegh-Ugland Autoliners A/S.

"Forest Products: Economic Comparison Between STORO and RORO Handling—Bulk Return Cargoes—Future Developments," T. Grandell, technical manager, Transfennica Corporation.

"Changes in the Car Carrier Market," H. Munthe, vice president-marketing, Wallenius Lines.

"Auto Industry Uses Floating Motorway—Inland and Shortsea RORO from Factory-to-Distributor," Speaker to be announced, E.H.

Harms & Co.

14.30 Session 6: RORO Terminal Developments (parallel with Session 5) "A Cost-Conscious Solution for Ramp Access While Berthed Conventionally," Capt. H. Schmiedeberg, operations manager, Gerd Buss.

"Experiences from the World's First Openwater Linkspan—17 Ships/Day—No Stevedoring— RORO/Ferry Traffic," J. Rose, managing director, Marine Development, Dunblane, Scotland.

"A RORO Future for Old Quays and Port Facilities—in Western and Third World Situations," N. Nixon, managing partner, Nigel Nixon Knapton & Partners.

"The Development of Shoreside RORO Structures," A. Masters, associate, Posford Duvivier.

16.30 Session 7: Rail Traffic "Operating the World's Largest Railships Between Germany and Finland—Is Big the Best for Long Distance Routes?" R. Heinecke, managing director, Railship GmbH & Co.

"Marketing Opportunities for Through Rail Transport—Reduced Inventory—Hazardous Cargoes— But How Competitive After 1992,' Speaker to be announced, Deutsche Bundesbahn.

Wednesday Evening Reception and dinner hosted by the Port of Gothenburg aboard one of the Stena Line super ferries sailing between Sweden and Denmark.

Thursday, June 9 09.30 Session 8: Ship Survivability (parallel with Session 9) "Survival Capability Class: Increased Safety But Does It Destroy the RORO Concept?" S. Rusas, principal surveyor, Det norske Veritas.

"Risk Management for RORO Cargo Ships," J. Spouge, consultant, Technica Ltd.

"RORO Ship Survivability: Comments on Damage Stabilty Modelling." D. Boltwood, senior surveyor for damage stability, International Conventions Department, Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

"The New SOLAS Amendments—Agreed and Possible," S. Felding, International Maritime Organization (IMO).

"Practical Solutions to Improved Survivability of RoRo Ferries," D.

Byrne, technical manager, MacGregor-Navire (UK) Ltd.

"Putting a Lifebelt Around the Ship," E. Vossnack, consultant, Hook of Holland.

Session 9: Forklift Trucks and Terminal Tractors (parallel with Session 8) Panel Workshop Discussion B. Bender, president, Ottawa Truck Corporation.

P. H. Lindberg, vice president, Sisu Terminal Systems.

H. Bendel, director, Lansing Bagnall AG.

(Panellist to be announced), Kalmar LMV.

R. Cheek, vice presidentmarketing, Valmet Materials Handling Ltd.

(Panellist to be announced), PGS SpA.

12:45 Close of RORO Conference 13.00 Lunch for Registered Conference Delegates NB: during the afternoon of Thursday, June 9, there will be an opportunity for interested delegates to join a conducted tour of the Gothenburg Port facilites.

Friday, June 10 (morning) Post-conference visit to Volvo production line to see the latest range of cars being constructed.

Post-conference visit to Swedish Maritime Research Centre SSPA, Gothenburg.

Friday, June 10 Gothenburg/RORO Golf Tournament 18-hole competition followed by lunch. Entry details will be enclosed with delegate receipts.

Wednesday, June 8/Thursday, June 9 The Port of Gothenburg by Motor Launch—Optional tour for interested delegates on Wednesday and Thursday.

14.30 Depart by coach from Svenska Massan.

14.50 Board launch to see: Floating parts of Gothenburg Maritime Museum; Fruit and Coffee Terminals; Railferry Terminal; Volvo Car Terminal; Gothenburg's Golden Gate Bridge; Oil and chemical harbours; Skandia/Alvsborg harbours; ACL/RoSA/Bore/Tor/DFDS; and Stena Ferry Terminals.

16.30 Disembark launch.

16.50 Coach arrives at Svenska Massan.

Friday, June 10 Visit to the Swedish Maritime Research Centre, SSPA, Gothenburg 09.30 Depart by coach from Svenska Massan.

09.40 Study tour of facilities of the Centre including: large ship model basin; cavitation tunnel; maritime dynamics laboratory; ship maneuvering simulator; and ballast simulator.

The resources of the Centre are also of interest to Port and Canal Authorities, as it provides studies for fairways, ports and port approaches. Experience in naval and offshore projects will also be shown to interested delegates if requested.

11.45 Coach arrives at Svenska Massan.

Friday, June 10 Circle 334 on Reader Service Card 10 Robotic Car Production—A Visit to Volvo 10.00 Depart by coach from Svenska Massan.

10.25 Arrive Volve Factory: Audio visual presentation Volvo Corp.; Board the "Blue Train"; Pressing Plant; Body Shop; Robot Factory; and Final Assembly, 240 and 740 Car Series.

12.30 Coach arrives at Svenska Massan.

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