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post #1 of 8 Old 02-28-2009, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Ro Ro Ship

Yesterday I learn something about cars.

My son took me to his work yesterday at Port Hueneme. He works on Ro Ro ships. A Ro Ro ship is one where the cargo rolls on and off the ships, i.e. a car carrier. This one had over 1,500 BMWs on it.

Good heavens are those ships big. It had 14 or 15 decks which move up or down depending on the size of the vehicle. There were large tractors being shipped to the Far East.

One does not just walk about. The Longshoremen who are driving the BMWs off the ship do not move out of your way. You stay out of their way. They are working driving off the cargo.

The BMWs had no body protection on them. My son tells me the Toyota ones are fully protected but the German cars are bare. I am glad that Ferrari does not ship their cars like Mercedes does. Since I am a talker, the traffic guy told me a young driver totaled a Maserati a few month ago. I do not know if I believe him.


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post #2 of 8 Old 02-28-2009, 08:27 AM
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Yeah, I see a lot of car carriers. They sure are an ungainly looking ship but they are fast. It is not uncommon for them to be doing 20 knots. A few years ago there was a collision in Singapore between an oil tanker and a car carrier. The car carrier sunk taking 4,200 Hyundai cars down with it.

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Yeah, I see a lot of car carriers. They sure are an ungainly looking ship but they are fast. It is not uncommon for them to be doing 20 knots. A few years ago there was a collision in Singapore between an oil tanker and a car carrier. The car carrier sunk taking 4,200 Hyundai cars down with it.
Same thing happened in the English Channel a while back. They HAD to get it out of the way cos it was a huge hazard to regular shipping. So they sawed the ship in several pieces with the cars still in it. Very funny to see a piece of ship with a bunch of half-cars in it. Were quite expensive cars as well.
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The one in the English Channel was full of BMW's, Volvo's and Saabs

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A few years ago there was a collision in Singapore between an oil tanker and a car carrier. The car carrier sunk taking 4,200 Hyundai cars down with it.
That's not a bad thing is it?

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That's not a bad thing is it?
Haha, don't like Hyundais I see

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Hahaha...when I saw Ro Ro ship my mind went directly to "gentley down the stream".

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-01-2009, 05:24 AM
 
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They use a Ro-Ro ship to get all the european participants of the Dakar Rally from europe to South America. I saw pictures of it. Those ships are floating bricks. They're HUGE, but also ugly as sin.
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