Roll On/Roll Off (RoRO) Shipping Services

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The terms oversize or over dimensional cargo are used to describe freight items that won’t fit into a standard 20 or 40 foot sea freight containers and alternative solutions need to be found to pack and ship these items. If rolling can move these over dimensional items, then a roll on/roll off (RORO) freight solution may be an option.

Often vehicles and machinery, such as cars, trucks, heavy construction, mining and earth moving machinery are transported internationally in this way. This type of shipment usually has the advantage of being more cost effective than disassembling, packing, shipping, unpacking and re-assembling oversize or overweight cargo.

Special RORO ships are designed to carry wheeled cargo, which can be driven, on and off the ship on their own wheels. These large ocean-going vessels have ramps at the bow and stern for quick loading.

RORO freight charges are calculated based on the number of cubic metres or the weight of the cargo, depending on which is the greatest.

It’s important to book well in advance for RORO shipping as spaces are limited, especially on high demand routes, and at times can be pre-booked two or three months in advance. For example, there can be long waits for shipping vehicles from vehicle manufacturing nations such as Japan during December and January as New Year models come off production lines.


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Established in 1917, Clarke Global Logistics is a reputable Australian Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder; offering a totally integrated trade service both locally and globally, encompassing international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, third party logistics and warehousing.

Located in Melbourne, Australia, the professional team of Clarke Global Logistics has acquired a wealth of collective knowledge in providing customised solutions to a wide array of industries, and is supported by industry trained transport, logistics and administration personnel.

Professional service based on a foundation of over 100 years in servicing importers and exporters.

One contact for all your global shipping and airfreight supply chain logistics.

Friendly and personalised service; We have built long-standing relationships with clients over many decades.

We facilitate the entire service – from freight forwarding to export logistics, Customs Clearance, transportation and warehousing storage.


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Frequently asked questions

Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) shipping is a method of transporting cargo, typically vehicles and heavy machinery, by rolling them onto and off of specialised ships. These vessels are designed with ramps, allowing vehicles to be driven directly onto the ship’s deck for transport.

While both RoRo (Roll-On/Roll-Off) and RoPax (Roll-On/Passenger) ships allow for vehicles to be loaded and unloaded by rolling on and off, the key difference lies in the additional capability of RoPax ships to carry passengers. RoPax vessels are equipped with facilities for passengers, making them suitable for combined cargo and passenger transport.

Generally, RoRo ships are designed primarily for cargo transport, such as vehicles and heavy machinery. However, some RoRo vessels may have limited accommodations for essential crew members. If passenger transport is a requirement, RoPax ships, which are designed for both cargo and passengers, would be more suitable.

RoRo shipping is best suited for the transportation of wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks, buses, trailers, and heavy construction equipment. It provides a convenient and efficient way to move these types of vehicles and machinery between ports.

The cost-effectiveness of RoRo versus container shipping depends on the specific cargo and transportation needs. RoRo shipping is often more cost-effective for the transport of large, wheeled cargo, while container shipping may be more suitable for smaller, non-wheeled items. The choice between the two also depends on factors such as destination, transit time, and cargo handling requirements.

Some advantages of RoRo shipping include:

  • Efficiency: RoRo vessels allow for quick and easy loading and unloading of vehicles, reducing turnaround times.
  • Cost-effectiveness: For certain types of cargo, RoRo can be more cost-effective than other shipping methods.
  • Accessibility: RoRo ports are often equipped with ramps and facilities for easy access, making them suitable for a variety of wheeled cargo.
  • Flexibility: RoRo ships can accommodate a range of vehicles, from cars to large construction equipment, providing flexibility for different cargo types.
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