What is RORO?

Updated: Nov 5, 2019

RORO stands for Roll On Roll Off, it's a type of vessel used to ship large freight worldwide. RORO vessels have been around for over a century, originally used as a bridge to connect railways over water. Trains were rolled on to connecting tracks on the vessels, and rolled off at their destination across waterways.

Commercialized in the 1960s in Japan, car manufacturers soon took to using RORO vessels to transport large fleets of vehicles worldwide. These days, RORO vessels are used to ship machinery, boats, trucks, cars, motorcycles, and even static cargo like windmill blades and aircraft parts. Whereas a standard shipping container can only hold up to 20 tons, the largest RORO vessels are equipped to handle 500 tons.

Picture a large floating parking garage with cargo safely stowed inside for global transport. Container vessels stack steel shipping containers above deck, but RORO vessels use massive ramps to drive cargo on and off board. The levels inside the vessel are adjustable, and can be configured to accommodate many types of items.

You don't have to be a car manufacturer to ship RORO. It's the fastest, easiest and most secure method of shipping large freight worldwide. RORO vessels have helped people ship their cars when they're moving overseas, sell their used motorcycles to international buyers, or send their boat to a far off fishing destination.

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