RORO Security with SC Line around the Darren.

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#1 Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:00

RORO Security with SC Line around the Darren.

I am getting ready to ship my truck / truck camper combo this week RORO with SC Line from Manzanillo (Colon) to Cartagena. (Contecar.) I have heard all the stories about the high number of break in, but what I haven't read about is the details about what other overlanders did in advance and what works and what did not?

My truck camper is sealed off from the driver compartment and I plan to leave nothing in the cab. All windows and vents to the camper will be covered in plywood screwed to the frame. The door will have two padlocks in addition to the factory lock. Wheels will also have locks. items in the outside compartments; batteries, tanks, etc. will be removed.

Any advise or real examples from overlanders that have actually done this route would be very helpful.

Safe travels,

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:24

Not done this route but  you

Not done this route but  you may have to hand all the keys over for customs inspections etc.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:19

How did it go?

I'll be doing the same thing at the end of May. We have a 26 foot motorhome and are getting quotes for RORO right now. How was it?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 20:19

Yes, How was it, Freedom Traveler ?

Will also be doing the same later this year, with similar internal security precautions, so would be very interested to know how you got on.

Out of interest, why did you go RoRo instead of containerised ? Was it a lot cheaper ?  And if so, who did you do it with / through ?  Please do share.


Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:27

Shipping went well.

Thanks for all your interest, I will try to answer questions and report in order;

-Once I drove to SC line's office in Panama City all of my questions were answered and it worked out well. It's seems that no one in the shipping busness returns calls or e mail's in a timely maner and after getting a quote of over $2300 from W.W. at the old US Airbase I thought it might be a good idea to check out this company.

-At there office tower in the new section of Panama City I spoke in person with Rodolfo De Leon, ( I don't think they get many drop in clients.) however he was very accomidating and set me up with a shipping date and contacts for both ends of the process. He also printed out maps and explained about the police inspection required in Panama City before driving the truck to Colon. The price was $650 Total Ocean Freight + $150 THC Manzanillo + $50 BIll of Lading Fee = $850 (Paid in cash at there office or by wire transfer to there bank in Miami.) At Colon the gov. fees were about $105 and in Columbia $90 Mr. De Leon's info: 507 694 80111 [email protected]

-My Chevrolet Silverado with the Sunrader camper height is 2.7 meters so a high top would be too tight. (even airing the tires down.) My CBM was just under 31

-In Colon they inspected both the drivers compartment and the interior of my camper with dogs. I was only required to hand over the key for the drivers compartment / engine. ( I kept all of the keys for the camper and it was bordered off and locked as decribed in my first post.) No one had access to the camper until I picked it up in Columbia.

-Going thru this process at each inspection point, I met overlanders from Canada, France, Germany, and S. Africa all shipping there vans and motorhomes on this same sailing. I am pleased to report that none of us had any thing stolen or broken by the time we picked up our vehicles in Columbia.

-I will be returning to S. America later in the year to drive my camper back to Cartagena from Uruguay and plan on using SC to ship the truck back to Flordia. ( Unless someone buys it in Columbia?)