After giving a brief introduction to the Australian National Line, the author describes the development of ANL's deep-sea Ro-Ro operations, and answers the question posed by the Conference, "Ro-Ro--where to now?" As ANL is involved in both Ro-Ro and lo-lo in deep-sea trades, the Line is in a good position to compare and evaluate the two systems. The relative merits and de-merits of lo-lo and Ro-Ro differ according to the trade that is being served. It is widely held that Ro-Ro is the best answer for a developing service, but once terminals have been properly established, it must give way to lo-lo. A cellular ship operation as a rule is highly efficient, simple and straightforward, but can also be expensive and inflexible. Nevertheless in balance trades, offering full container cargoes on a regular basis, and ports of call where terminal throughputs justify high capital outlay, lo-lo is superior to most Ro-Ro services. Large deep-sea Ro-Ro ships have more flexibility to service a total trade, but are highly complicated by comparison with lo-lo vessels, requiring more people and closer supervision during cargo handling operations. Cargo handling rates are higher than with conventional vessels, but fall very much short of cellular ship handling rates.
- Paper presented at the 2nd Terminal Operations Conference, Amsterdam, June 1980.
- GRIFFITHS, G
- Publication Date: 1980-6
- Pagination: 6 p.
- TERMINAL OPERATIONS CONFERENCE
- Publisher: C S PUBLICATIONS --
- TRT Terms: Cargo handling; Container handling; Containerships; Lifting equipment; Merchant vessels; Roll on roll off ships; Ship operations
- Old TRIS Terms: Competitive merchant ships; Lift on/lift off
- Subject Areas: Freight Transportation; Marine Transportation; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00330061
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM