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RORO Transport: What It Is and What It Means

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With RORO, your car can drive right onto the shipping container!
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RORO transport is one of our specialties here at Hawaii Auto Transportation. Since shipping to and from the island is harder than it is on the mainland, we have to rework traditional auto transportation methods in order to get your car to your destination in top condition.

What does RORO stand for?

RORO stands for roll on/roll off. It is also a term used to refer to a specific type of ship, referring to a vessel that is specifically designed to carry wheeled cargo. This means it is a shipping vessel meant to carry cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars. The term roll on/roll off comes from the fact that the vehicles are driven on and off the shipping vessel using their own wheels. A platform vehicle, for example, a self-propelled modular transporter, can also be used for RORO shipping.

RORO shipping differs from another shipping method, called LOLO, which stands for lift on/lift off. This shipping method requires a crane to load or unload cargo, meaning if it is a wheeled vehicle, their own wheels are not used to load the vehicle.

Originally, RORO shipping vessels came about in the 19th century. They were first used to transport trains that were too wide to be transported by bridges across rivers.

You may now be thinking, okay I know what RORO stands for, but why should I ship my car this way? Well RORO shipping actually has a number of advantages! Firstly, for the shipper, they have speed as an advantage. Having the ability for the cargo to just be driven on and off the ship saves a lot of time in the loading and unloading process. This shipping method also works well with other shipping techniques, such as the use of containers. Lastly, this method is perfect for holidaymakers and private car owners.

RORO shipping has made across-water shipping for you! Book your auto transportation service by RORO shipping with Hawaii Auto Transportation today!

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