RORO Services

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The Roll-on/roll-off (RORO or ro-ro) ship

s are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as

cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars, that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle, such as a self-propelled modular transporter. This is in contrast to lift-on/lift-off (LoLo) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo.

RORO vessels have either built-in or shore-based ramps that allow the cargo to be efficiently rolled on and off the vessel when in port. While smaller ferries that operate across rivers and other short distances often have built-in ramps, the term RORO is generally reserved for large oceangoing vessels. The ramps and doors may be located in stern, bow or sides, or any combination thereof.

High&Heavy and Breakbulk Cargo     

Our Shipper is one of the world’s leading Ro/Ro operators, offering transportation for a wide range of cargo, including trucks, buses, boats, agricultural equipment and construction equipment to destinations worldwide.

High & Heavy Cargo Segments

We can transport almost any type of cargo. To transport heavy and/or long breakbulk cargo, our professional cargo operation team will find the most suitable equipment and way of handling your

cargo safely on board.

RoRo Cargo guideline

Our fleet of rolltrailers incorporates several different sizes of cargo carrying equipment, within a range of 20 to 80 feet and with a capacity of up to 160 metric tonnes.

How to load roll trailer cargo

For breakbulk, project and other out of gauge cargo we use modern and specialised rolltrailers. The rolltrailers are specially designed for smooth and safe transportation of heavy, wide and/or long breakbulk cargo.

RoRo Car Shipping

Worldwide Weekly Roll on Roll off (RoRo) Car Shipping

What is RoRo?

Short for ‘Roll on Roll off’, the term originates from the way vehicles are loaded on and off of the specially designed RoRo ship. Using the ships own integral loading ramps, vehicles are simply driven on at the port of departure (‘Rolled on’) and driven off on arrival at the destination (‘Rolled

off’). This is typically much faster and more efficient than standard container car shipping.

The RoRo Vessel

Roll on Roll off car shipping vessels are designed specifically for the transpo

rtation of wheeled cargo and are the preferred choice of shipping for car manufacturers including Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Jaguar to transport their vehicles all over the world.

In addition to vehicles that are capable of moving under their own power, these versatile vessels also have the capacity to carry non-motorised cargo such as boats or machinery on trailers, and non-roadworthy vehicles such as heavy plant equipment that run on tracks.



Modern RoRo vessels are extremely sophisticated feats of modern engineering. Some of the largest ships currently in use are in excess of 860 feet long, have nine internal decks and are capable of carrying an incredible 6,000 cars per sailing.


Many ships are equipped with more than one ramp so that they can simultaneously load and unload vehicles. The speed with which loading is completed together with the sheer number of

cars that can be carried on every voyage mean RoRo shipping is usually the cheapest way to ship a car.

Specialised Decks

Within the ship some decks are allocated specifically for loading heavy plant vehicles and machinery classed as ‘High and Heavy’. For large outsized vehicles or equipment, decks can be raised and lowered for greater vertical clearance.


Security & Protection

Decks inside these ships are fully enclosed to ensure all vehicles remain protected from the elements during shipment and have securing points running throughout the floor on every deck. Vehicles shipped on RoRo vessels are tethered using straps around the wheels that are fastened to the ships integral securing eyelets.

Careful Planning

Loading of RoRo ships is very carefully planned with different types of vehicles being allocated to segregated decks so appropriate types of vehicles are loaded together – so don’t panic…. your Bentley will not be loaded alongside a mechanical digger!

The Process

RoRo Services operate from a number of different UK ports including Southampton, Bristol, Tilbury, Sheerness and Immingham. Cars are driven to the port of departure, driven on to the ship and then driven off when she arrives at the other end. It’s really that simple.


You can choose to deliver your car to the port yourself or you can arrange for us to collect and deliver to the port for you using our nationwide collection service. Cars can be driven by a chauffer driver, collected on a car carrier or can be transported using a fully enclosed collection vehicle.

Larger vehicles such as tractors or plant equipment may require the use of specialised vehicles for transportation to the port. Please ask us for further information on transporting outsized or unusual vehicles and one of our experienced team will be happy to help.

To request a quotation to ship your car please post your enquiry using our quote form on the left of this page or if you would like to ask us a question you can  us here.

We also offer scheduled weekly car shipping services using 20′ and 40′ containers where your vehicle is loaded and secured inside it’s own dedicated container for shipment. We provide detailed informations needed.

Specialist car shipping services for Classic and Vintage cars. Import and Export services from the US, Canada, Europe, UK and Abroad.

Shipping your pride and joy overseas? We act on behalf of owners, dealers, enthusiast and specialist organisations to ensure that cars are shipped with the utmost care and attention. We have specialist knowledge of the complexities of worldwide shipping and the associated customs procedures when shipping classic cars overseas. We have been shipping cars for over 20 years and our experienced freight team will be with you every step of the way.

From careful nationwide collection, secure loading facilities at our own depot or port-side and an understanding of the intricacies of import and export rules and regulations, you can be assured that with our knowledge, experience, passion and care we will ship your vehicle as if it’s our own.

What We Do

Our team believe that overseas car shipping should be stress free and simple for everyone. We aim to provide a trusted and professional shipping service from the UK, offering expert advice along every step of the way to assist you with anything from regulations to documentation.

Having safely shipped countless cars over the past 20 years, we have unparalleled experience in handling a wide variety of vehicles from the UK, from old run-down retros ready for restoration overseas, to the rare and wonderful high value classics who’s owners treasure so dearly. If it has wheels – we’ve got it covered.

View a gallery of some of our previous classic car shipments below. Tap or hover over each image for more details.

Our professional shipping co-ordinators will be at your side for the entire process to help with anything from choosing the right service, to organising all of the correct paperwork for your shipment. With our team of experts at your side, you can rest easy knowing your vehicle is in safe hands.

Our Shipping Services

We offer a variety of services for shipping classic cars overseas. Roll-on Roll-off car shipping (RoRo) is our most popular service; perfect for fast and fairly cheap shipments to most destinations that depart on a regular basis. Unfortunately we cannot ship personal belongings in the vehicle with this service.

We also offer a container car shipping service. Cars are will be shipped in your own, personal 20ft shipping container or on some destinations we can offer we operate the new R-Rak service which allows us to ship 4 vehicles inside a 40ft container and you pay only for your own personal slot inside that container. Container services tend to be more frequent with the additional benefit that you can load tools, spare and personal goods inside the vehicle. For those high value or lovingly restored classics we would recommend shipping in your own p[personal 20ft container. We can arrange pick up from anywhere to POD and the vehicles will be loaded and secured either personally by our team here at Autoshippers. On many occasions it may be economical to deliver the vehicle directly to the port where we have fully trained and experienced loading facilities to safely secure your car inside containers.

We ship to a variety of destinations including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Cyprus, South Africa, Malta, Dubai, Namibia and more.