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Ro/ro rodeoMore than 240 newly hired longshore workers at the Port of Baltimore operated the latest gigantic, multi-ton pieces of farm and construction equipment during training exercises for the 23nd annual Ro/Ro (Roll-On/Roll-Off) Rodeo in May.

The rodeo featured more than 10 manufacturers with approximately 30 new models for workers to learn how to operate. Ro/ro is cargo that can be driven on and off a ship. The Port of Baltimore is ranked as the No. 1 port in the U.S. for the amount of ro/ro cargo handled. During the rodeo, men and women receive hands-on instruction from ro/ro manufacturers on the finer points of maneuvering and operating this cargo. The workers handle specialized controls in each piece of farm and construction equipment to be able to move this equipment safely.

The two-day event, which began in 1996, is aimed at training longshoremen on the correct operation of the vehicles that cross the piers at the Port. It was developed by the Quality Cargo Handling Action Team, part of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA). It is put together by the International Longshoremen’s Association, the Steamship Trade Association and the MDOT MPA.