Roll-on roll-off shipping (often referred to as RoRo) is the preferred method for globally transporting wheeled vehicles. As the name suggests, a vehicle is driven onto a ship, secured below deck, and driven off when the ship reaches its destination. This method is more cost-effective than container shipping and also requires less direct handling of the RoRo cargo.
RoRo can also be used to transport vehicles without wheels, such as boats, helicopters, and heavy plant equipment. In fact, RoRo shipping is often the only viable method of ocean freight transportation for these oversized vehicles, as they may not fit in standard containers. This type of cargo can be wheeled on and off using a specialized platform vehicle.
RoRo shipments are transported on specialized vessels with built-in ramps and weatherproof, watertight holding areas. Many of these ships have designated decks for heavy machinery and tall, outsized vehicles. Cargo of all sizes is blocked, braced, and tied down below deck for the duration of the journey, so shippers don’t have to worry about any movement- or weather-related damage. A lot of ships also have multiple on- and off-ramps so that cargo can be unloaded quickly and efficiently.
If you have decided to use roll-on roll-off for your commercial vehicles or heavy machinery, let Global Freight Services facilitate the move. We specialize in moving what others can’t, and that includes specialized cargo such as heavy machinery and more. We have even shipped military helicopters by attaching special wheels and using tow bars to pull them onto a ship. It’s safe to say that we’re up for a challenge.
We have developed strong relationships in the global freight forwarding industry and have built an extensive global shipping network, which allows us to keep our shipping prices competitive. We know that as a business owner or logistics coordinator, you need to keep transportation costs down as much as possible, and we want to help you do that.
We also recognize that clear communication is important, especially when you are shipping high-value cargo, and we will keep you updated throughout the entire transport process. And while not every port services RoRo vessels, we will use our local expertise and work with you to find the most convenient port that can accommodate your shipment, so that delivery is straightforward and on time.
If your commercial vehicles or heavy equipment need to be moved to an inland destination after they are unloaded from the RoRo vessel, we can help with that, too. We are a full-service freight forwarding company, and we pride ourselves on getting any cargo—even non-roadworthy—where it needs to go.
Want to learn more about our RoRo shipping or talk to us about your transportation project? Fill out our online form or give us a call: we always pick up the phone during business hours, so you can speak to a real person instead of having to worry about going through an automated system.