As we get into the darker, colder months of the year, it’s important that we spend some time thinking about how to stay safe during the changing seasons.
As weather patterns fluctuate, remembering to secure cargo for the changing conditions is critical. With mixed sailing conditions being much more likely during the winter season, we want to help you prepare by reminding you of the best methods for securing cargo.
It is incredibly important that the correct weight of all cargo is given to the ferry operator when making a booking. The operator will determine how to best position your vehicle and cargo in the ferry using this information to balance the ship and prevent any issues.
Maintaining a safe weight distribution is important both for the road and for freight that is being transported on a ferry. Make sure that you think about the centre of gravity. It is crucial that your load is stable.
Making sure that suitable lashing points are fitted is also extremely important as it helps to ensure that the load will not move, reducing the risk of accidents and damage.
It is your responsibility to make sure that the brakes on the unit or trailer are in perfect working order. This is incredibly important as it will mean that the vehicle is as stable as possible whilst being shipped. Should the weather change during the journey the brakes will minimise the risk of damage and accidents, which could harm both passengers and crew members.
For more information, check out our Securing Vehicles & Cargo on Ferries Guide. It also features specific operator rules for securing loads.