Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) ships are cargo ships specifically designed to carry automobiles, and wheeled cargo.
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What can I ship RoRo?
Most RoRo ships are made to carry:
- Semi-trailer trucks
- Railroad cars
How are goods boarded and unloaded?
RoRo ships typically have shore-based ramps or ferry slips that allow the vehicles to be rolled on to the ship and rolled off (RoRo). In some cases, vessels can also use a self-propelled modular transporter/trailer to roll on and roll off. The SPMT (self-propelled modular transporter/trailer) is a large platform with independent steering axels used to roll large cargo on and off the ship.
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How RoRo cargo is measured.
Sea and ocean-freight vessels typically measure cargo by weight (tonnes). On the other hand, with RoRo cargo is usually measured in LIM’s (lanes in meters). Simply the cargo is measured and priced by how much space the goods are taking on the ship.
Types of RoRo Vessels
- Cargo ships
Another type of RoRo called a PCC (pure car carrier) are used for transporting new cars by ocean freight. The worlds largest car carriers can hold almost 8,000 cars.