A specially constructed ship that allows cargo to be rolled in and out doors on wheeled loading devices or under the cargoâ€™s own propulsion, such as motor vehicles.
A ship that is specifically designed to carry wheeled and tracked vehicles as all or most of its cargo. Some vessels can accommodate containers and cargo that is wheeled, tracked, self-propelled or towed vehicles and equipment. A series of external and internal ramps facilitate the loading and discharge of RO/RO cargo. Return to Glossary of Terms
A feature in specially constructed vessels permitting road vehicles to drive on/off a vessel in loading/discharging ports.
Ships which can accept any cargo that can be driven on board (eg trailers, lorries, etc) or containers, pallets and unit-loads, which are carried on board by forklift trucks or side lift trucks.
A feature designed in a specially constructed vessel in both the loading and discharging ports.
A specially designed feature constructed in some vessels in both the loading and discharging ports.
Roll-on/roll-off (RORO or ro-ro) ships are designed to carry wheeled cargo such as automobiles, trailers or railway carriages. This is in contrast to lo-lo (lift on-lift off) vessels which use a crane to load and unload cargo.