NCC pushing improvements to RoRo system

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


THE National Competitiveness Council (NCC) is pushing further improvements to the roll-on roll-off (RoRo) system allowing cargo containers on chassis without trucks.

Meneleo Carlos, private sector co-champion of the NCC Infrastructure Working Group, said the chassis RoRo should be part of the country's RoRo system. The present RoRo services require container vans to be hitched to trucks.

"What a waste if you leave trucks onboard the vessel while you are travelling. (But) if it is only a short haul, say you will travel only two to three hours, you can bring the trucks so that when the vessels unload (the cargo), the trucks can immediately travel (to destinations)," he said.

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The NCC noted that chassis RoRo would also facilitate eventual RoRo services with other countries.

Carlos said the Council is also advocating for the creation of RoRo connected to the national highway, and not to the ports.

"That will offer direct competition to the existing sea transport system. That will be a very big new change," he said.

Carlos noted that the RoRo system has boosted trade and economic growth.
"The RoRo system travels to every town of the country. In so doing, there are economic developments wherever the trucks go," he said. (Philexport)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 15, 2014.

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