Listed below you will find a simple alphabetical list of key terms used in RORO shipping. If come across a RORO term, you don’t understand and can’t find it below, please let us know via the Contact page.


Industry Term Simple Definition
B/L Bill of Lading – this is the document which describes the cargo, who owns it, it orgin and destination. No cargo can be carried on an NYK vessel without a B/L.
POL Port of Loading – the port where the cargo is loaded onto our vessel.
POD Port of Discharge – the port where the cargo is taken off our vessel.
RORO Roll On Roll Off – the term used to describe cargo which can be rolled onto and off our vessels without the need for a ship’s onboard crane or one in the port.
H&H High and Heavy, referring to cargo which requires movable deck to be stored and is beyond the standard dimensions of a standard saloon car.
LIM Lanes In Metres, a measurement of vessel capacity which takes into consideration, the cargo deck length, the number of vehicle decks and the number of lanes on each deck.
PCC Pure Car Carrier, vessel build specifically to transport cars with a standard 1.8m high deck height and loading ramps to drive / roll cargo onboard without the use of cranes.
PCTC Pure Car / Truck Carrier, modern development of the pure car carrier with movable decks to accommodate variable sized cargo such as larger Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) trucks and machinery.
RT from RT43, a 1966 Toyota Corolla, the first mass produced car to be shipped in specialised car-carriers and used as the basis of RORO vessel size. 1 RT is approximately 4m of lane space required to store a 1.5m wide Toyota Corolla.