"RORO" vessels are ships that are specifically designed to handle large wheeled cargo such as automobiles, trucks, construction machinery, and oversized or bulky items. BGI moves a variety of oversize cargo using RORO or Lo/Lo methods as it would be time-consuming and cost-prohibitive to disassemble them for shipping and reassemble them on arrival.
RORO vessels have built-in ramps that allow the rolling cargo to be driven or rolled on and off the vessel when in port. These ships pull up to a dock and lower a ramp allowing to be ‘rolled’ into the cargo bays of the ship. Ro/Ro is usually the safest and least expensive way to handle an oversized cargo item or special project cargo.
Lift-on/Lift-off is another method for handling larger or over-sized cargo. Lift-on/Lift-off or Lo/Lo ships, sometimes referred to as multi-purpose ships, are vessels with onboard cranes that are used to load and unload cargo. Lift-on/Lift-off vessels can operate from docks or ports without dockside handling equipment.
BGI Worldwide Logistics understands how to maximize the relationships it has with RORO and Lo/Lo carriers to quickly move oversized or project cargo from one destination to another - here, in the U.S. and worldwide.