Shipping Terms

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Reefer Box

A Reefer Box is an insulated shipping container designed to carry cargo such as fresh food produce that needs to be temperature controlled.

Reefer Ship

A Reefer Ship is a Container Ship that has refrigeration and is used for transporting frozen foods such meat, fish and ice cream as well as produce that news to be kept chilled such as fruit and dairy products.

Return Cargo

Return Cargo is a term used to describe it when a ship returns with additional cargo to the port where the initial cargo was loaded.

RoPax Ferry

A RoPax ferry transports vehicles (roll-on roll-off) as well as passengers (pax).

RoRo Ship

A Ro-Ro Ship, Ro/Ro Ship or RoRo Ship allows wheeled cargo to be driven on board rather than loaded by crane. This could be a cargo of new cars or vans, but Ro-Ro can also refer to passenger ships such as ferries and military transporters which carry tanks. Ro-ro is short for roll on / roll off.

Roll-On / Roll-Off Ship

A Roll-On / Roll-Off Ship, also called a Ro-Ro, Ro/Ro or RoRo Ship allows wheeled cargo to be driven on board rather than loaded by crane. This could be a cargo of new cars or vans, but Ro-Ro can also refer to passenger ships such as ferries and military transporters which carry tanks. 

Rolling Cargo

Rolling Cargo, is cargo with wheels - such as cars, trucks, trailers, buses or even tanks - which can be driven on to a ship. (See Roro ship.)

Running Aground

Running Aground or grounding is when a ship touches or hits the ground in a shallow part of the sea, a river, lake, canal or other waterway and gets stuck.