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roll-on/roll-off

denoting a cargo ship or ferry designed so that vehicles can be driven straight on and straight off
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Japan's biggest shipping company also said it plans to dissolve its wholly owned subsidiary Kinkai Yusen Kaisha by the end of March next year and transfer its ro-ro ship, through transportation and warehousing business to the newly created firm.
Highlighting the insufficient capacity of Ro-Ro ships, Kylyc said: ''Only one voyage is scheduled every five days and one ship carries at most 135 vehicles.
The ro-ro ship will take the wings from Mostyn to the Gironde estuary, near Bordeaux, where another specialised river vessel will take them and other components also arriving by ship from other factories around Europe to Langon on the River Garonne.
The "Ankara Ferryboat", carrying representatives from the public and private sectors, exhibition officials, media members, artists and others, will accompany the Ro-Ro ship.
A ro-ro ship named "Hayat N" which had sunken near Bandirma town of Balikesir province on September 14, 2008 pulled out to water surface after 370 days.
Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen, who attended the ceremony, said that the ro-ro ship would go to Trieste (from Mersin) in 67 hours, adding that if land route was used, it would cost 20 percent more and take more time.
When Turkish exporters had to abandon the route via Syria to Jordan and countries on the Arabian Peninsula due to the civil war in Syria, Ankara signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt in April 2012 for the establishment of a transit route connected by Ro-Ro ships while Morsi was still president.
NYK is a proven leader in operating auto terminals worldwide and has an extensive fleet of Ro-Ro ships offering regular sailings to and from major ports around the globe.
Based on the memorandum of understanding between the two countries, Ro-Ro ships transported trucks between the Turkish ports of yskenderun and Mersin and Alexandria of Egypt.
Ro-Ro ships are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as automobiles, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars, that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels.
Dabousi said the difficult security conditions in Syria would make the new route hard to utilize for most exporters, but added that many would still be willing to use it because the costs were considerably cheaper than ro-ro ships and the route was still safer than the Damascus-Amman highway, which has been closed for exporters for over a month.
Such niche services could be based on simple but large ro-ro ships or even barges pulled across the SBS by tug boats.