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Now that you bought a boat, it is time to get it to your destination. There are several boat shipping options for both local and international transportation. Depending on your location, you can settle on one of these three methods:
In this article, we will focus on the yacht shipping options. The overseas transport system offers the Lift on/ Lifts off (LOLO), the container, and the Roll on/Roll off (RORO) shipping. The LOLO shipping is a way of loading and offloading boats using on-board cranes. Unlike the other vessels, the LOLO ship has certain characteristics that make it transport cargo unassisted. But first, let us look at some terms often used with LOLO shipping.
Now, here are the three features of a LOLO ship
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The LOLO ships use the cranes to:
The three types of on-board cranes are;
As earlier mentioned, RORO and container shipping are alternative to LOLO vessels. We now look at how LOLO compares to the other two options.
The LOLO system is economical than RORO as vehicles do not have to be driven onto the transporting vessel. The on-board crane, which uses rails, is used to lift cargo. This feature also makes the method eco-friendly. On the other hand, the RORO shipping encourages CO2 emission which pollutes the environment. Since vehicles have to be driven to a vessel, the RORO system also costs the owner of the vehicle extra in regards to fuel. Lastly, the LOLO system can load more than the RORO vessel due to its higher container capacity.
Compared to the RORO system, LOLO shipping is slower. This delays delivery time for boats. This speed aspect also makes transport logistics more complex for the LOLO machines.
Container shipping involves loading cargos in a consolidated container. The LOLO vessels accommodate larger boats as compared to the container ones.
Since the containers vessels can hold fewer vehicles, they are easier to transport and more affordable than the LOLO shipping.
One outstanding advantage of the LOLO system is the use of rails. With the current trend of “Green Corridors”, the transport system will favor railways. In addition, LOLO can be used for a variety of cargo; with and without wheels, as well as large and small cargo.
For more information on Lift on/Lift of shipping, get in touch with us and we’ll advice you on this method’s suitability to your needs.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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