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A pilot boards a moving ship in icy Finnish waters

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How do you board a huge ship if it doesn’t dock? Or even stop? Watch this silent video of a pilot boarding a moving Swedish Orient Line (SOL) ship near the coast of Hailuoto, Finland. The modern ice class 1A super RoRo container vessel slows and steadies as the gangplank extends out over the icy waters, but it does not pause.

What does RoRo mean? It refers to loading and unloading cargo. It does not reflect how people board:

Roll-on/roll-off (RORO or ro-ro) ships are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars, that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle, such as a self-propelled modular transporter. This is in contrast to lift-on/lift-off (LoLo) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo.

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