With a decades-long experience operating car carriers around the world, ZIM is uniquely positioned to serve the growing needs of the automotive industry anywhere.
As global vehicle exports reach new heights, Pure car carriers (PCC) and roll-on/roll-off vessel carriers have definitely proved to be an essential part of the shipping industry, offering the unique ability to transfer valuable, heavy cargo, and taking vehicle logistics to a whole new level. These impressive, giant vessels are specifically designed to perform one task — safely transporting vehicles, including four-wheeled cars, tractors, enormous excavators, and even agricultural machinery to their destinations.
Around the World with a Thousand Cars
What may look similar to a floating garage from a distance, is in fact a safe and efficient storage facility for the sea voyage. ZIM’s car carriers have an internal capacity of between 4000 to 6000 vehicles. The inside of the vessel acts like a car park with various decks connected by moving ramps, while each vehicle is securely placed inside depending on its size, height, weight, and length.
In addition to cars and trucks, PCC and RORO vessels are also used to carry high-end machinery and equipment like tractors, bulldozers and combine harvesters. Other more specialized heavy project cargos including cranes, oil refineries and oversized products which can’t be “rolled” on and off the ship on their own wheels, use a specialized platform vehicle also known as a self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT).
Warming Up our PCC and RORO Fleet
With the latest technology and innovative features, ZIM’s roll-on/roll-off fleet has steered the way in recent years, designed to provide customers flexibility, efficiency, and productivity. With a growing number of destinations, we have equally increased the number of PCC and RORO vessels in the last couple of years, and always look to expand our service to more customers.
Our world-wide network car carrier services are accompanied by expert guidance, providing a dynamic, tailor-made, and personalized solution that meets any needs of our customers.
We pride ourselves on quality service. Especially when it comes to precious valuable cargo, ZIM makes sure it is carefully and constantly accounted for by appointing dedicated supervision at the port to oversee the roll-on/roll-off operation, even wearing outfits free of buttons or zippers, and using special gloves to guarantee that all vehicles are kept safe and sound. This way, they are delivered in perfect condition at their destination.