How to cut costs and reduce risks with RoRo

Choosing a RoRo vessel combined with liner service has the potential to reduce cost and risk for customers shipping heavy breakbulk. Let’s find out how.

Reduce cost and risks with Roro

Roll-on roll-off (RoRo) vessels are capable of carrying a wide range of heavy breakbulk and project cargo, from power generation equipment to locomotives.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean customers value the RoRo Liner service because the quality of cargo handling, unrivalled by any other vessel type, offers significant reductions in risk and cost.

Reducing risk

Minimal lifting operations

Very little lifting takes place with RoRo. Cargo is securely lashed to a suitable handling equipment prior to vessel arrival in a secure staging area and simply rolled on and off the vessel.

Rolling breakbulk cargo such as rolling stock can be handled completely without any lifting whatsoever, on and off a truck or even directly off or onto rail connection. Delicate cargo can be rolled onto the equipment into a warehouse to protect it from the elements. Less lifting and cargo handling prior to vessel arrival means reduced risk for damage.

Stable conditions

Because the lifting operations are minimal with RoRo, loading is rarely impacted by poor weather. Out on the open ocean, cargo is well protected from variable conditions.

The interior decks of RoRo vessels are fully equipped with advanced HVAC technology. The temperature and humidity are kept constant throughout the voyage, which is an important benefit for delicate cargo.

When entering the appropriate vessel deck, the cargo stays securely lashed on the handling equipment for the entire sea journey. The combination of direct lashing of the cargo to the handling equipment and to the deck creates a stable and solid footprint even for the most awkward-shaped breakbulk. This means complex cargo copes well with the tilting resulting from any ocean swells.

Certainty of cost

Ask any project manager about the importance of cost certainty, which is arguably more important to project success than trying to shave off cost wherever you can. The RoRo Liner service offered by WW Ocean helps you better manage your project finances, leaving less room for nasty surprises.

Reducing cost

Regular schedule

WW Ocean’s liner service is timetabled for months in advanced, so you can be sure of a departure on the date you want. Bespoke port calls are only made if the set schedule is not jeopardised, as we understand the importance of a reliable schedule for keeping costs low.

Established transshipment network

The liner service works on a hub-and-spoke model, with key ports such as Manzanillo, Panama, Bremerhaven, Germany and Singapore serving the same purpose as major transit airports.

While awaiting transfer, cargo remains lashed to the roll trailers and can be stored in warehouses if required. The cargo can even remain on our equipment when connecting to some of our partner carriers.

Lower storage costs

Guaranteed departure dates mean there is less need for port warehousing, and no need to wait to consolidate cargo onto one ship. Missed departures due to unforeseen events in the supply chain can be dealt with by simply taking the next scheduled RoRo vessel. With RoRo, you ship your breakbulk “as is” and when it’s ready, with no need for any additional dismantling costs.

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