Roll-on/roll-off Shipping (RORO Shipping)

Roll-on/roll-off (RORO or ro-ro transport) vessels are ships designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as automobiles, trucks, semi-trailer trucks,boat trailers, and railroad cars, that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels. This is in contrast to lift-on/lift-off (LOLO) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo, like our gallery pictures on yacht transport.

RORO vessels have built-in ramps that allow the cargo to be efficiently rolled on and off the vessel when in port. While smaller ferries that operate across rivers and other short distances often have built-in ramps, the term RORO is generally reserved for larger oceangoing vessels. The ramps and doors may be stern-only, or bow and stern for quick loading.

RORO transport is the simplest and cheapest method of shipping for vehicles.

Vehicles are driven directly onto the RORO vessel and secured to the car decks. They are securely inside the vessel, wind-and-watertight.

It is important to note that you cannot ship personal effects using this method, but spare tire and factory fitted accessories are allowed.

RORO overseas shipping is a very popular way of transporting cargo to other countries. The idea was created and developed by the Japanese car manufacturers to ship their cars to USA and Europe in a fast and efficient manner by using specialized ships called “vehicle carriers”.

Nowadays RORO carriers can handle not just cars but all types of motorized, rolling and even static cargo: trucks, boats, buses, motor homes, travel trailers, tractors, excavators, cranes, and other high & heavy equipment and machinery.

International RORO shipping is popular with exporters and importers mainly for 2 reasons: cost and efficiency.

The cargo is simply “rolled on” the vessel at the port of loading and “rolled off” the vessel at the overseas destination. Everything is handled by the port workers. There’s no need to hire and pay export warehouse for crating, container packing, flat rack loading, port delivery, etc.

Shipping via RORO transport service from Dubai or Hamburg/Bremerhaven can be arranged from the major ocean ports: Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Hamburg, Bremerhafen to any worldwide destination.

Overseas destinations include major ports in Western Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Central America and South America.

The only problem with RORO shipping is geographical coverage. While RORO transportation does have global routes, it is still not as all-encompassing as container shipping. Some smaller countries may not even have any options for international RORO transport.

However, container shipping can get you pretty much anywhere you want to go.

When it comes to automobile and trailer shipping, you have two main options. You can ship your vehicle in a container or ship via Roll On Roll Off (RORO Transport). But which option is better?

Both options can be used for your car, motorcycle, truck, boat trailer or any other vehicle you need to ship internationally. It is important for your confidence to know that all vehicles are securely blocked, braced, and tied down ensuring absolute security during transportation.

Of course, Yacht Trans Lines always recommend getting cargo insurance for your protection no matter what you’re shipping.

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