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6 Ways to be the Best Freight Ferry Traveller

When it comes to travelling by freight ferry, the 'dos and don’ts' most likely come as second nature to a seasoned traveller. But hey, there's nothing wrong with a reminder now and then. Here are six ways to be the best freight ferry traveller.

1. Always Plan Ahead

Before you set off on your journey, make sure you have researched all aspects of your voyage. Check for road works or road closures on your route. Take a look at the weather forecast to see if it may affect your journey and check the Freightlink App for your booking reference and sailing time.

2. Be Prepared

Prior to departure, make sure that you have all the relevant documentation (passport / ID) to hand and that your vehicle meets the European requirements before you set off. There’s nothing worse than doing the 'passport dance' at the port or realising that you’ve forgotten your hazardous goods paperwork.

3. Ready your vehicle

Preparation is ALWAYS key when it comes to optimising your freight journey. Ensure that your vehicle is ready for the journey before you set off. If your load fails to meet standards at check in then it will be you who has to bear the responsibility. Make sure it has been loaded correctly and conforms to all requirements before departure. Fill up before you go, especially with the recent French fuel crisis. Remember to set your tachograph to ferry mode when necessary.

4. Bring your 'A-Game'

If you’re unprepared both mentally and physically, then your performance and the quality of your journey is bound to suffer. Make sure you’re well rested before departure and that you’ve had a good meal. A hungry driver is a cranky passenger.

If you’re ever in doubt about certain ferry requirements, give our experienced customer service team a call with any concerns and we will get you on the road (or sea) in no time at all.

5. Obey the rules of the road (and the port)

There are many regulations that need to be adhered to when driving your HGV overseas. Every country will have different standards that the vehicle, driver and load have to meet. Failure to obey the rules may affect your safety, security and also slow your progress. No one wants to be the one who delays the departure of a ferry. Remember if you’re not ready then the ship will set off without you.

6. Stay safe at all costs

Most importantly, never partake in any behaviour on or off the vessel which may endanger you or those around you. If you realise you have a broken lashing point or that you have forgotten your important documentation, always come clean. The prospect of missing the ferry whilst you rectify the issue is a far better solution than a risky alternative.

Freightlink are here to help. We’ve been in this business for years and there's almost nothing we haven’t heard before.

So, if you have any problem with your ferry booking, let us know. A problem shared is a problem halved and we will try and help you find a solution.

19 June 2018

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