Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Hansen-Tangen, E.


The design concept of ro-ro ship has come under considerable criticisms after a series of accidents and subsequent loss of lives. This thesis studies the design concept of ro-ro which makes it different from traditional, subdivided vessels. It is felt, that to be able to put ro-ro safety into perspective, particular attention should be given to elements that affect safety of shipping in general. Casualty statistics are studied, in order to prove if the level of risk of accident is higher for ro-ro than traditional ships. The thesis also hope to show if ro-ros are more likely to capsize after events involving, collision, cargo shift or foundering. Having identified the various hazards of ro-ro, some changes to the concept are put forward which may improve its safety. Improvement in operation procedures, shore management and training is also suggested.