Frequently Asked Questions
All you need to know about booking freight ferries on AFerryFreight.co.uk
Please note: ferry operators periodically carry out spot checks at the port, on arrival. If you have booked on a passenger ticket and they consider it to be freight, you will be asked to pay the difference in fare between the passenger and freight ticket, which could be considerably more.
If you are unsure please contact us on 0844 576 0060.
- Height: 4 metres
- Width: 2.5 metres
- Length: 16.5 metres (unless a road train which is 18 metres)
- Weight: 45 tonne
Depending on the size/weight of the vehicle the ferry operator may require completion of an abnormal load approval form and port authorisation may be required. If you wish to book an abnormal load please call us on 0844 576 0060 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and our experienced staff will be able to assist with any questions you have and guide you through the booking process.
All Ferry Operators must conform to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code. Only certain types of hazardous goods can be carried on passenger vessels, for all other types you will need to either book on a sailing with restricted passenger numbers or we can advise you on the freight only sailings which are currently available.
For all hazardous shipments we will require a completed, legible, Dangerous Goods Note, 24 hours and in some cases 48 hours, prior to shipment. In order for us to check whether goods can be shipped on your preferred route, please provide the following details by telephone: 0844 576 0060 or by email to: email@example.com -
- UN Code
- Packing Group
A copy of the DGN can be faxed to us on 01235 844102
Ferry operators work very closely with DEFRA to ensure all guidelines are met and will require all necessary paperwork, for further information please visit - http://ww2.defra.gov.uk. There may be a charge for carrying your animal, if you wish to check a particular operator please visit our ferry operators page where this information is provided.
Please remember that most operators do apply a fuel surcharge which does fluctuate depending on the current cost of fuel, these are generally adjusted on a monthly basis.
If you wish to check a particular operator please visit our ferry operators' pages where this information is provided.
Vans:Enclosed, box-like motor vehicle with rear and/or side doors and side panels. Vans vary in length; a short wheel base is not usually much longer than a standard car, whilst a long wheel base or extra-long wheel base can be up to 7m long, e.g. a Mercedes Sprinter. The maximum laden (loaded) weight for larger vans is 3.5 tonne; this is the total weight of the van and its contents. Vans up to 3.5 tonne can be driven with a standard UK car licence.
Rigid/Truck:Any vehicle with a rigid cargo body fixed to the drivers cab (in the case of a luton style truck the fixed body extends over the cab). They generally have a bigger, more flexible load space than a van and have the option of a tail lift. Rigids/trucks are usually up to 7.5 tonne; to drive a vehicle with a maximum laden weight of over 3.5 tonne you must have Category C1 on your driving licence.
Artics:An articulated lorry consists of two sections, the front section known as the tractor unit and the rear section known as the trailer. An articulated lorry has a permanent or semi-permanent pivoting joint called a kingpin; the kingpin allows the vehicle to manoeuvre much more easily, especially around corners. A standard artic is generally up to 4m high, 2.5m wide and up to 16.5m long, if the vehicle is wider this is generally classed as an abnormal load and different rates will apply. A rigid truck with a trailer is known as a road train and is generally up to 18m long.
Trailers:A trailer (the rear part of an artic) can be shipped as an unaccompanied unit. A standard unaccompanied trailer is approx. 13 -13.6m long. The driver drops the unit on the quay side at the port and the ferry operator organises the loading and the unloading of the trailer. This procedure is carried out using a tug master which is a small tractor capable of pulling trailers on and off ships. This can be a more efficient option making both the drivers and the tractor units available for continuous work.
As well as trailers we can also provide quotes and bookings for other unaccompanied vehicle types.
Your booking confirmation will confirm this.