Before you hit the boat, (RO-RO, ROll on ROll off) ask yourself. Can I ship with this lorry, loaded with dangerous goods?
As I highlighted in my previous blog, this is the case where 2 different sets of regulations are in use.
The multimodal transport. IMDG (Sea) vs. ADR (Road).
In this particular case, the CTU (Cargo Transport Unit) will be your vehicle.
Which is the most common mistake gives you a real headache when you arrive at the port?
The first issue when you can not provide any document relating to the multimodal transport. The necessary document called DGN (Dangerous Goods Note). This is the “bible” for shipping dangerous goods on the sea.
Without DGN you will not be able to use any ferry crossing. The fact is, most of the consignors on the continent never think about ferry crossing regulations, therefore they never provide DGN which is essential to complete these routes. So rule number 1 always ask your DGN. Do not leave consignor’s yard without correct and complete paperwork.
The second issue is the difference between IMDG and ADR regulations. What is legal on the road, could be illegal on the sea. Or you have a certain hazardous load which needs open-deck according to IMDG, but the shipping company owns only boats without open-deck. In this case, you have to choose another ferry company or in the worst case, you have to go to another port. Which is wasted time and money. So rule number 2 is making sure the dangerous goods behind you comply with IMDG regulations. You have 2 options. You can ask an expert like your DGSA or you can ring the check-in office of the ferry company. It is up to you. But the point is, do not chance it (fingers cross) as you can get into a pointless trouble.
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