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What is RoRo Shipping?

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Roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) shipping, also known as roll on roll off shipping, is a highly efficient and cost-effective method for transporting vehicles, machinery, and oversized cargo across oceans.


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Unlike containerised shipping, RoRo vessels are specifically designed for roll on and roll off cargo, as they feature specialised ramps that allow vehicles to drive directly onto the ship. This makes the loading and unloading process significantly easier, which is why RoRo shipping is a popular choice for shipping vehicles because it’s fast, efficient, and cost-effective.

Advantages of RoRo shipping

Whether you are a vehicle manufacturer, produce large/heavy construction equipment or are looking for a shipment option for your self-propelling/towable cargo, RoRo shipping can be the best option because it is:

  • Cost Effective – there is no need to disassemble and pack your vehicle freight into a sea container, transport it and/or store it. This makes the overall costs lower than other shipping methods.
  • Time Efficient – without the need for extensive preparation, you can get your valuable assets to their destination quickly and efficiently.
  • Simple and Easy – the simplicity of this service means that it’s an easy shipping option for anyone to use. You simply roll your cargo onto the vessel and roll it off at the destination, without needing to pack or prepare your items in any special way.
  • Safe and Secure – RoRo shipping minimises the risk of damage to your cargo. With a specialised ramp, your items can be driven on and off the vessel without being lifted, reducing the risk of damage compared to other shipping methods.

RoRo shipping is ideal for a wide range of cargo

interstate transport using domestic roroRoRo shipping is designed to handle a wide range of cargo, including vehicles, machinery and oversized parts for machinery or mining equipment for example. 

  • Vehicles (cars [passenger vehicles and 4x4s], motorcycles, trucks, buses, vans, etc.)
  • Recreational vehicles (camper trailers, caravans, motorhomes)
  • Boats and yachts
  • Machinery (construction equipment, agricultural equipment, mining equipment)
  • Oversized parts for machinery and mining equipment
  • Specialist vehicles
  • Heavy machinery (bulldozers, cranes, heavy goods vehicles, etc.)
  • Trailers (semi-trailers, trailers)
  • Railroad cars, locomotives
  • And more!

RoRo Shipping vs Container Shipping

Need to get your car, heavy machinery, or other roll on roll off cargo across long distances? Choosing the right shipping method can feel like a coin toss. But there are actually two strong contenders: RoRo shipping and container shipping. This comparison will help you pick the champion for your specific vehicle freight needs.

RoRo ShippingContainer Shipping
Ideal forSelf-propelled or towable cargo like vehicles, machinery, and oversized parts.General cargo that doesn’t require wheels or self-propulsion, such as electronics, clothing, furniture, and household goods.
  1. Faster loading and unloading due to drive-on/drive-off functionality.
  2. Cost-effective as no container packing or unpacking is required.
  3. Reduced risk of damage due to minimal lifting and handling.
  1. Offers greater protection from weather and external elements as cargo is sealed within containers.
  2. Provides more flexibility in terms of cargo size and weight limitations.
  3. Offers wider availability of shipping routes and destinations.

It’s important to note that RoRo shipping services are not one-size-fits-all because each shipment is unique and requires a customised approach. Ultimately, the best shipping option for you depends on what you need to achieve and the shape your cargo is in.

That’s why Custom Brokers offers a range of solutions that can be tailored to meet your specific needs and budget. Speak to one of our freight forwarding team members today to learn more about our personalised solutions. You can also request a free quote if you’re ready to get started. Let us take care of the transportation of your rolling shipment, so you can focus on what’s important.

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