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RORO taking centre stage at the Intermodal Europe Conference

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015
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NEW for 2015 - Intermodal Europe will incorporate 'RORO' bringing the roll-on/roll-off industry together under one roof with the intermodal industry for three days of meeting, learning and essential networking opportunities.

In response to industry feedback, RORO will combine with Intermodal Europe to create an enhanced exhibition experience. “By including RORO within Intermodal Europe this year, the event will not only benefit from more content and speakers, but it also opens the door to a broader spectrum of exhibitors and a wider visitor audience” explains Sophie Ahmed, Event Director. “All in all, this will provide further business opportunities for attendees.”

Intermodal Europe will be hosting a dedicated RORO conference stream during the event, featuring a number of sessions offering an original perspective on the industry's core challenges and trends. The conference will include interactive debates, live panel discussions and a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most influential names in the industry.

Outlook for the ro-ro market

A session hosted by John Fossey, Consulting Editor at WorldCargo News, will see Mike Garratt, Managing Director at MDS Transmodal, present a session assessing the overall condition of the ro-ro market. Dirk Visser, Senior Shipping Consultant, Managing Editor at DynaLiners & Dynamar B.V., will conduct a session on ‘New routes and future trade map’, looking at winning and losing trade routes and forecasting trade map development from now until 2025. The session will present interesting particulars and analysis on the Deepsea Ro/Ro trades, discussing the two most important segments: “Conventional” Ro/Ro and Vehicle Carriers.“Considering the ever increasing diversity of goods and products that need to be transported,” explains RORO speaker Dirk Visser, “it is increasingly important to continuously catch up with the latest logistical developments - no better place for that than Intermodal Europe”.

RORO Shippers/Car Carriers Panel

“In today’s transport, where shipping lines and shippers are commanding the major decisions, the challenges and the strengths of road the road transportation leg are sometimes underestimated” explains Vincent Maldague. The panel discussion aims to address the issues faced by those underrepresented in the industry, such as Road Congestion, Mass and Dimensions and waiting tims at the termindals. Speakers include, Stein Van Est, Managing Director at DFDS Seaways Belgium and Holland, Vincent De Saedeleer, Vice-president at Port of Zeebruges and Vincent Maldague, CEO at Macotruck - part of the Herfurth group. The panel will be chaired by Lode Verkinderen, Secretary General at UETR (Road Haulage Association).

RORO Port Forum

Bringing together leading port authorities, the RORO Port Forum will discuss the latest trends and challenges in the RORO port industry, now and in the future. Speakers within the forum include: Erik Ringmaa, Commercial Manager at Port of Tallinn, Jens Nielsen, Commercial Director at Associated British Ports, Michael Berger, Managing Director at Buss Port Logistics GmbH, Oliver Fuhljahn, Head of Automobile Logistics at Cuxport, Rhenus Holdings and Sebastian Jürgens, Managing Director at Port of Lübeck.

“More OEM’s are ruled by compliance aspects - markets need to find a platform to meet and talk!” explains Oliver Fuhljahn, Head of Automobile Logistics at Cuxport, Rhenus Holdings “Joint brainstorm is from my point of view very important to raise ideas and supports innovation”.  

RORO Technology Forum

‘Fuel and emissions’ will be the focus of the RORO technology forum, including sessions from Alan Robertson, Director at WebsterRobertson as well as ‘Case study of the Hybrid RoRo vessel LNG as fuel’ by Dr Hans J. Gätjens, Vice President Marine Regional Chief Executive for North - Central - Europe, Baltic Region and Russia at  Bureau Veritas Germany.

RORO Shipping Line Panel

A unique opportunity to hear from a number of ro-ro shipping lines, with an interactive discussion chaired by John Fossey, Consulting Editor atWorldCargo News. Per Westling, Managing Director at Stena RoRo, Stein Van Est, Managing Director, DFDS Seaways Belgium, SedatGümüsoglu, CEO at U.N Ro-Ro Isletmeleri A.S.and  BjornSvenningsenof United European Car Carriers will all come together for a wide ranging discussion which will cover topics such as regional variations in capacity levels compared to deman and focusing on the opportunities to add new services and reallocate capacity.

The RORO conference is free-to-attend and will take place on Wednesday 18th November

For more information, visit: www.intermodal-events.com

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