Ferry Travel for Abnormal, Wide or Heavy Loads

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lgv diagramFreightlink have a dedicated team who specialise in the booking of ferries for abnormal, wide, heavy or 'out of gauge' loads on routes across Europe.

If your load or vehicle is -

  • Wider than a standard 2.5 metre trailer
  • Longer than 19 metres
  • Heavier than 50 tonnes

then it probably requires a special ferry booking with the ferry operator due to loading ramp and link span restrictions.

Other things that need to be considered when booking a ferry crossing with a larger than normal load include -

  • Weight and number of wheels per axle
  • Spacing between axles
  • Height and ground clearance
  • Special handling instructions
  • Axle, wheel and suspension type

You now need a keeper’s certificate for an abnormal load trailer to use it abroad. Keep the certificate in the vehicle to show at border crossings.

Some countries measure abnormal loads differently from the UK. Check with each country you’re travelling through to find out if the load you’re transporting counts as abnormal there.

Apply for a keeper’s certificate for an abnormal load trailer to use it abroad now.

Why Should I Use Freightlink for Abnormal, Wide or Heavy Loads?

ferry routes

Over 1000 ferry and tunnel routes throughout Europe

Every route to get your vehicles and team from the UK to mainland Europe and Ireland.

connecting more than 50 countries

Connecting more than 50 countries

Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Meditteranean and more.

24/7 support all year round

24/7 support all year round

A dedicated account manager to assist you with your abnormal load travel and customs clearance requirements.

event based packages

Requirements based packages

We can tailor your ferry and tunnel bookings to your requirements.

expert customer service team

Expert customer service team

We have years of experience organising travel and customs paperwork.

instant electronic bookings

Instant electronic booking (on popular routes)

The main routes into the UK and Europe use EDI for real-time booking references.

clear pricing policy

Clear pricing policy - no hidden charges

Itemised billing and clear schedule pricing.

bookings tailored to your race calendar

Bookings tailored to your movements

No matter what time of year you are travelling, we can sync with your movements.

book via the Freightlink smartphone app

Book via the Freightlink smartphone app

Organise your travel and customs declarations on the road with our simple app.

abnormal loadsDON'T WORRY, WE CAN HELP

If this all sound too complicated, don't panic! We have a knowledgable and experienced team to offer advice and sort the ferry booking for you.

Our team will check with all of the available operators and routes to see whether they are able to take your load. We will then check whether any additional paperwork is required, offer you our competitive rates and then YOU'RE READY TO GO!


If you are unsure of how to get to a certain destination with your abnormal load, let us know where you are starting from and where you need to get to by using the contact form below and we'll be in touch to sort your ferry booking.

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