RoRo Shipping of railway and tramway vehicles is the safest way to transport these internationally. This includes locomotives, rail wagons, trams, rail cars, rail tampers, rail grinders and railroad cranes.
Depth RoRo can arrange shipping on special rolltrailers fitted with rails that facilitates loading from trucks directly with no lifting.
Once secured on the rolltrailer, the rail cars or trams are towed on and off the roll on roll off ship and stowed below deck.
Railway vehicles up to 27m long can be shipped routinely by RoRo. Special cargo handling arrangements can be made if the cargo is longer than this.
RoRo is by far the most efficient means of shipping rolling stock.
Substantial planning must be done in consultation with Depth RoRo to ship rolling stock via RoRo. Bookings must be made well in advance to ensure special rolltrailers fitted with rails are available at the load port. Sometimes they may need to be repositioned to the load port.
Any fuel and oil leaks must be fixed before delivery of the cargo for shipment. Carriers can reject rolling stock with leaks on safety and environmental grounds. If leaks occur during transit, carriers can charge cleaning fees for the vessel and terminal.
Some countries have stringent Quarantine Regulations so vehicles must be delivered for shipment in a very clean condition. These regulations can include re-export of your cargo at your expense. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is another significant quarantine risk that must be dealt with prior to shipment of RoRo cargo during the season. Depth RoRo can assist with pre-shipment cleanliness inspections (if required), washing and fumigation of cargo in most main ports, however extra charges for these services will apply.
Freight is calculated on the overall dimensions of the cargo. To keep your freight costs to a minimum, it is important to reduce the dimensions where possible. As long as it doesn’t impact the safe and reliable operation of the cargo, parts or accessories such as radio aerials, beacon lights, exhaust stacks, or any other protrusions should be removed, cylinders retracted, and mirrors turned in. This is a non exhaustive list and are examples of what you need to consider when presenting your cargo for shipment.