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WHAT IS RORO SHIPPING?

Roll On/Roll Off (RORO) shipping is a transportation method involving the shipment of any self-propelled or towable cargo on specialized vessels without containers. RORO shipping is a cost-effective and efficient way to transport such cargo across oceans.

 

HOW RORO SHIPS WORK?

Unlike container ships that rely on cranes, Ro-Ros have built-in ramps or shore-based equivalents. These ramps, adjustable for various heights, allow vehicles to drive directly onto the ship’s decks. Inside, it’s like a multi-story parking lot, with secure lashings to keep everything in place during the voyage.

WHAT TYPES OF CARGO ARE SUITABLE FOR RORO SHIPPING?

Ro-Ro ship’s roll-on, roll-off design caters to a surprisingly wide range of shipments, making them a versatile and efficient transportation solution. Let’s explore some of the types of goods that are suitable for this way of shipping:

 

1. Cars and trucks;

2. Motorcycles and trailers;

3. Construction equipment;

4. Agricultural machinery;

5. Yachts, boats and other watercraft;

6. Ambulances and Buses;

7. Tanks and military vehicles;

8. Mining vehicles and boring machines;

9. Helis and airplanes;

10. Breakbulk cargo;

11. Railcars and tramways;

12. Power equipment;

ADVANTAGES OF RORO SHIPPING

There are several advantages to choosing RORO shipping with Atlantic Project Cargo.
  • Shipbuilders specifically design RORO vessels to carry self-propelled cargo. You only pay for the space your shipment occupies. This makes it often cheaper than container shipping. The loading and unloading process is typically quicker, helping you avoid demurrage and delay fees;
  • Another RORO vessel advantage is the ability to handle various breakbulk commodities. Cargo that is not self-propelled is placed on handling equipment with wheels, called Mafi trailers. This makes handling very easy, as the shipment can be rolled on the vessel at the point of departure and rolled off the vessel at the destination. Your cargo remains on the Mafi trailers for the entire sea voyage;
  • This method is also very safe. Shippers store RORO cargo on enclosed decks, sheltering it from any weather elements. This reduces the need for extra packaging.

HOW TO PREPARE CARGO FOR RORO SHIPPING?

Proper preparation before setting sail is crucial for a smooth and cost-effective journey. Have a look at this checklist to ensure your cargo is ready for the Ro-Ro shipping:

 

Documentation and regulations

  • Secure all necessary paperwork including bills of lading, commercial invoices, and export/import permits;
  • Familiarize yourself and adhere to all safety and security regulations specific to your cargo type and destination;
  • Clearly communicate and document any potential hazards associated with your cargo, such as flammable materials or hazardous machinery.

 

Pre-shipment inspection and cleaning

  • Conduct a meticulous inspection of your vehicle or machinery, noting any existing damage and ensuring it’s in operational condition;
  • Remove all personal belongings, loose parts, and unnecessary items from the interior and exterior of your vehicle and machinery;
  • Maintain appropriate fuel levels according to regulations.

 

Insurance and risk management

  • Secure appropriate insurance coverage for your cargo against potential damage and loss during transit;
  • Maintain open communication with the transportation company and port authorities for any updates or unforeseen circumstances.

By following these comprehensive steps, you can ensure your cargo is well-prepared for a safe and efficient journey. Remember, proper planning and adherence to regulations contribute to a smooth experience and minimize potential risks.

COST AND PRICING OF RORO SHIPPING

Understanding Ro-Ro shipping’s unique pricing structure is crucial for budget planning and informed decision-making. Here are the factors that influence costs and strategies to navigate them effectively:

  • Cargo dimension and type
    Pricing is often based on cubic feet or cubic meters occupied by your shipment, with larger vehicles and oversized machinery incurring higher charges. Specific shiploads like motorcycles or dangerous goods may have additional fees;
  • Route and distance
    Longer voyages translate to higher fuel consumption and operational costs, impacting the final price;
  • Seasonal fluctuations
    Peak shipping seasons can lead to surcharges and higher rates;
  • Port fees and charges
    Terminal handling fees, document processing costs, and local taxes at departure and arrival ports can add up.
  • Additional services
    Other services like insurance, fumigation, customs clearance assistance, or specialized equipment like refrigerated units for perishable goods incur additional costs.

ATLANTIC PROJECT CARGO: YOUR RORO SHIPPING COMPANY

If you need international RORO shipping services, contact Atlantic Project Cargo. We are a full-service RORO shipping company, providing a complete cycle of shipping services to ensure your cargo arrives safely and on time. From arranging the transportation of your vehicle to handling all necessary documentation – we have you covered.