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Cranes on a LoLo vessel
Flora Delmas, a LoLo vessel

Lift-on/lift-off or LoLo[1] ships are cargo ships with on-board cranes to load and unload cargo. While the common abbreviation of lift-on/lift-off is LoLo, it is sometimes abbreviated as LOLO, LO/LO or Lo/Lo. Ships with cranes or other cargo handling equipment on-board are also termed geared vessels.

As container ships usually have no on-board cranes or other mechanism to load or unload their cargo, they are therefore dependent on dockside container cranes to load and unload. However lift-on/lift-off vessels can load and unload their own cargo unassisted. Lift-on/lift-off vessels can operate out of docks with no dockside cargo handling equipment.

"In May 2010 the Office of Naval Research (ONR) conducted a ... at-sea demonstration of their Large Vessel Interface Lift-on/Lift-off (LVI Lo/Lo) crane system in sea state 3 conditions. The LVI Lo/Lo demonstrator is an advanced motion-compensated, at-sea cargo transfer system. The embedded technologies combine to provide tagline free six degrees-of-freedom control of the payload."[2]

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  1. ^ "Lift-on/Lift-off (LO/LO) Ships". Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ usnavyresearch
    Large Vessel Interface Lift-on/Lift-off (LVI Lo/Lo) crane system, 21 October 2010, retrieved 20 December 2017. – Video (2:30). @1:40/2:30 the compensation movement is shown in fast motion.