1. Low total price and cost transparency
Many customers find that savings gained from the low ocean rates advertised by some LoLo and container services are quickly wiped out by costs such as container hire, storage, additional labour, and equipment rental. For a typical heavy breakbulk move, RoRo costs are more transparent and can help you achieve a lower total landed cost.
Learn more: WW Ocean's breakbulk services
2. An established, scheduled service
A RoRo Liner service operates with a frequent scheduled timetable giving you peace of mind. Unlike LoLo routes which can be postponed or diverted at very short notice, a RoRo Liner service is a timetable you can rely on.
For complex routings, transhipment gets your cargo from A to B in good time. Cargo awaiting transfer never leaves the secure wheeled handling equipment.
3. Increased safety and quality
Your heavy breakbulk is securely lashed to handling equipment from port to port, consequently there is much less lifting involved than with any other ocean transport method. Because of the flexibility within a RoRo vessel, there’s no dismantling required.
Read more: How WW Ocean safely handles your breakbulk
On the vessel, cargo is simply rolled to the appropriate deck depending on the item’s weight and dimensions. The cargo is lashed into place to help deal with any rolling from ocean swells.
4. Protect cargo from elements
Because all cargo is kept on climate-controlled fully sheltered decks, it is suitable for delicate breakbulk that could be affected by water or humidity. This standard of handling reduces risk and is unrivalled by any other vessel type.
With lift-on lift-off operations, your cargo is exposed to the elements and requires the additional time and cost of packaging and protection. With container shipping, your cargo may still be vulnerable to changes in temperature and humidity.
5. Detach port operations from the vessel schedule
With a regular RoRo liner service, there’s no need to hire port warehousing for crating, packing, loading, and so on, which helps keep costs low. Guaranteed departures mean you can arrange your own port operations as and when necessary, with no wasted cost.
Mythbusters: A RoRo vessel is more than a car carrier
Heavy breakbulk can be drip-fed as and when it is produced on to vessels with no need for costly storage at the port while waiting for a suitable vessel.