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Pure car carrier Ship designed to carry unaccompanied new cars, normally in large numbers over long distances. Replacing the bulk carriers which were originally used to carry cars on the outward leg and bulk cargoes on the return leg, the pure car carrier has roll-on roll-off type ramps which give access to a number of decks, typically 12 or 13. Often abbreviated to PCC. Some car carriers have the flexibility to carry other vehicles such as trucks, trailers and buses, and these are sometimes referred to as vehicle carriers or pure car and truck carriers (PCTC).