Lift On, Lift Off (LO/LO)

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Definition: Lift On, Lift Off (LO/LO)

Lift-on/lift-off or LoLo are cargo vessel that are equipped with cranes to load and unload cargo. In other words it’s a self-sufficient cargo vessel which can load and unload cargo without the help of external crane devices. They are also referred to as “Self geared vessel”


Other Alternative

Roll on-Roll off (RORO) vessel is another type of vessel used in cargo shipment. These ships have built in ramp so that cargo can be rolled on and off. It is used generally for wheeled cargo like trucks, cars etc


Comparison between LoLo and RoRo

Features

LoLo

RoRo

Speed of Transportation

Slow

Fast

Capacity

More

Less

Cost

Less

More


Features of Lift on/Lift off

1. As multiple containers can be loaded in a stacked manner the capacity utilization is efficient. But the capacity is reduced due to the inbuilt unloading system.

2. The LoLo vessel can be offloaded on any type of terminals i.e. loading and unloading cargo can be done on Load-on/Load-off ports, Roll-on/Roll-off ports and jetties.

3. As they have their own crane equipment they don’t require the machinery available at a port terminal

4. Cargo can be transferred to and fro from another cargo vessel.

 

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