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Technically, Ro-Ro doesnt mean the truck travels with the trailer. You can have Ro-Ro port tractors which extract the trailers from the ship. (disclaimer: I used to work for SISU Ro-Ro tractors).

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by Melanchthon on Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 12:28:18 AM EST
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In Ireland the term is used to describe a kind of ship - a car/truck ferry where vehicles drive onto the ship rather than a container ship. Yes, port tractors can be employed instead - I don't know to what extent they are used in Ireland, but the vast majority of drivers - especially on the land-bridge across Wales/England - accompany their load and truck on the ferries.

As I said above, that may have to change with the much longer sailing times to Rotterdam. Some of the ships being put onto those longer routes are container ships.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 01:34:12 AM EST
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One complication may be if the load is carrying frozen or chilled food. I don't know whether container ships provide a power supply to keep the cooler running.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 01:36:00 AM EST
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Easier than solving the Irish backstop 😣
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by Oui on Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 05:30:22 AM EST
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Thanks for this! I'm learning more about international logistics than I thought I would ever have to!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 08:02:27 AM EST
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If tractors and drivers accompanied their vehicles the ship would have to have facilities for the drivers to eat, use the toilet, etc. And drivers would have to be paid for their time in some way. This could be different from the two ship passages on a land-bridge route.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 04:03:46 AM EST
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