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New RoRo orders can be counted on one hand

Shipyards will run out of orders for RoRo ships shortly if the carriers do not start to place orders for the ship type, according to a new market review.

Following several years with overcapacity and a low scrapping rate of RoRo ships on the global market, carriers such as DFDS find themselves in an unusual situation where virtually no new RoRo ships are being built at the yards.

According to brokers Navitaship, which specializes in this segment, there are currently only five ships being built at shipyards around the world. In its market evaluation Navitaship defines RoRo ships as short-sea vessels that transport trailers and are equipped with a level stern ramp. As such, carriers like ACL and Messina are not included in the survey.

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