The report reviews the development of ro/ro as part of a widespread movement towards unitisation; the growth of the ro/ro fleet and the impetus behind its development, identifying the main centres of interest in this type of tonnage, and the extension of operational patterns; the various classes of ro/ro vessel, ranging from the short-sea combined passenger/freight ferry and pure ro/ro-cargo ferry, to the highly developed deep-sea designs, including discussion of dimensions, speed, cargo handling capability, etc.; the potential size of the ro/ro fleet, examining trends in newbuilding orders and in the potential employment of contracted tonnage; the major deep-sea trades, and the vessels which have been built-or are being built-to serve them. Cargo capacity, vessel dimensions and other vessel characteristics are detailed in a systematic manner, and the contribution of ro/ro space to these trades, by comparison with cellular capacity, is discussed; the development of ro/ro services into congested ports; the cost of acquiring ro/ro vessels-with special reference to ro/ro cargo vessels, both deep-sea and short-sea types; the operational outgoings experienced by operators of ro/ro tonnage, including items such as manning, insurance, repairs and maintenance, etc., and offering comparison with costs for other vessel types; and the trading patterns of ro/ro vessels, examining vessel efficiency, possible shortcomings in this type of tonnage through examining their performance on various trades and offering comparison with cellular and other tonnage.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Drewry (HP) (Shipping Consultants) Limited

    Research Division, 24 Brook Street
    London W1Y 2LL,   England 
  • Publication Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00168366
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: HPD Shipping Publications
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1978 12:00AM