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Can I bring dangerous goods on board?

Yes, but only by prior arrangement. 

If you are carrying dangerous goods as cargo or in connection with your business, please refer to our commercial vehicles dangerous goods section. There are some exemptions from the dangerous goods regulations where the items are being shipped in a private vehicle, please see below:


Propane/Helium (maximum of 3 cylinders, the combined weight of which must not exceed 47 kg) Purged cylinders require certificates to be produced, otherwise will be considered as full and included with the totals of 3 / 47 kg.


Cars, campervans, motor homes, caravans

Butane/Propane (maximum of 3 cylinders, the combined weight of which must not exceed 47 kg) for lighting, cooking or heating purposes only.

Cars powered by multi-fuels

Only recognised manufactured models with standard specification or where evidence is provided that any modifications have been carried out by a competent certified mechanic. Any cars powered by LPG shall have the tanks valve closed prior to shipment.


A maximum of 6 cylinders may be carried per vehicle of size 'F' or smaller (Note size F has 9.4 litres water capacity, with approximate dimensions 930mm x 140mm or up to 60 litres aggregate water capacity), containing either UN1002 AIR, COMPRESSED, UN1072 OXYGEN or UN3156 COMPRESSED GAS, OXIDISING N.O.S (Oxygen, Nitrogen). No other dangerous goods (e.g. Class 2.1 Flammable gases, Class 3 Flammable liquids) may be carried in the same vehicle as the diving gases.

DIY and household effects

Flammable paint and paint related material (maximum 10L combined). Disposable Gas Receptacle (Maximum 1L) for blow torch or similar.

Fire Extinguishers

Small fire extinguishers up to a maximum total weight of 5kg per vehicle or caravan or trailer.


Private vehicles can only take fireworks in retail packaging, maximum 5 kg package weight in total. Fireworks must be declared to Port Staff or deck crew prior to loading.

Forage for animals

Small horsebox, or similar (including trailers) carrying animals. 3 Bales Standard Size. Bales to be covered if outside of vehicle. Additional bales may be transported within the vehicle, to a maximum of 3 bales per animal.

Lifejackets & Flares

Within test date flares and lifejackets which are classified as dangerous goods. Maximum per Vehicle of 6 x Lifejackets, 6 x Handheld Flares, 4 x Parachute Flares and 2 Smoke Floats for use in leisure craft only.

Medical oxygen

Private vehicles used to carry sick or disabled persons may carry up to six, of size 'F' or smaller, cylinders (i.e. up to 60 litres aggregate water capacity) containing UN 1072 oxygen, compressed provided the patient has a letter from a doctor stating they require medical oxygen. This must be declared at the time of booking.

Petrol & Diesel

In an approved container (maximum quantity 5L per vehicle).


Please note - In all cases gas cylinders should be declared to the Port Staff or the Deck Crew. Prior to loading, the gas supply should be shut off at the cylinders (except in some cases when medical oxygen is being carried) and all cylinders should be adequately secured against movement of the ship, away from sources of ignition and heat.

If you are a foot or bicycle passenger:

Personal fuel - including petrol, diesel, LPG and compressed air cylinders must not be carried by foot passengers, bike passengers and must not be carried in hand luggage. 

We reserve the right to inspect and/or refuse any vehicle presented for shipment if the regulations are being contravened.

Find out what information you need to be aware of prior to taking a caravan, motorhome, campervan, or boat on a trailer onto our ferries  

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