RORO (short for ‘Roll-On/Roll-Off’) is an alternative method for transporting heavy vehicles, rather than shipping them in multimodal sea freight containers. RORO vessels are specially designed to carry oversized wheeled cargo like cars, trucks, trailers, semi-trailer trucks and railroad cars that can be driven on their own wheels, without using any lifting equipment. For cargo that’s not self-propelled, it’s simply rolled onto a special platform vehicle to be moved to the ship’s hold and then rolled off the vessel upon arrival. The vehicle is then strapped and secured to prevent movement and damage during transport. For oversized vehicles, some RORO vessels have adjustable decks that can be raised and lowered depending on the height of the vehicle.
The process of rolling vehicles on and off a RORO ship is easier and faster than building a container around a vehicle. If you need to transport several vehicles together, RORO is the most convenient method. This is because unlike container shipping, which requires containers for every single vehicle, the automobiles are loaded and transported together onto a deck.
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