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Ropax, Ro-pax, RoPax


A vessel with large ro-ro decks and limited passenger facilities. Usually, the superstructure covers part of the upper deck. The vessel design normally allows for drive-through traffic, i.e. loading aft and unloading forward, or vice versa. The internal distribution of vehicles can be accomplished through deployment of internal ramps or loading on two levels by two-level shore ramps. For flexibility, RoPax vessels are usually equipped with hoistable car decks.