September 30, 2015

Ro-ro ships

These ships have holds that do not have hatches. Cargo is loaded and discharged via a ramp in the stern. (Some have a ramp in the bow as well.) The cargo is driven on (“rolled on”) and driven off (“rolled off”) the ship – hence the term RO-RO. Down below, […]
October 7, 2015

Heavylift Ships

When large, heavy items need to be transported, a specialised heavylift ship can be used. These items could be a large oil rig, platforms used in the offshore oil industry, large pieces of machinery, cranes, and sometimes, even some small ships need to be transported. For floating objects (e.g. oil […]
October 9, 2015


These are passenger-carrying vessels that link islands with the mainland or they link ports across a sea or gulf. Examples of these are the passenger-carrying vessels that link Britain with France (across the English Channel or Straits of Dover) or with other European ports across the North Sea. Dozens of […]
October 7, 2015

Fishing vessels

The sea produces millions of tons of food each year, and employs millions of people worldwide. Fishing vessels have a variety of designs, depending on the type of fish that they will catch and the length of time they will be at sea. These vessels range from large, well-equipped stern […]
October 9, 2015

Tugs and Offshore Service Vessels

When ships come into harbour, or leave a harbour, they require assistance to manouevre in the restricted harbour area. Therefore, harbour tugs have developed over the years to help ships turn, to push them carefully against a wharf when berthing, or to tow them away from that wharf when the […]