Highlighting the importance of declaring dangerous goods before boarding a ferry, a UK pyrotechnics firm was recently prosecuted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
The special effects company was fined after explosives were found in a lorry, which was due to board a ferry at the port of Dover.
Dover port staff found flammable liquid, compressed gas and explosives which had not been declared. DGNs (Dangerous Goods Notes) were also not completed.
"Dangerous or Hazardous goods are solids, liquids or gases that can harm people, other living organisms, property or the environment."
The company pleaded guilty to charges of failing to comply with the Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants) Regulations 1997. They were fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of around £19,000.
We cannot stress how important it is to ensure that any goods deemed dangerous or hazardous have been declared properly to port authorities and all of the relevant paperwork has been completed. This includes making sure that the driver of the vehicle has the completed paperwork.
"All hazardous shipments will require a Dangerous Goods Note detailing the UN number, Class and Packing Group of the product."
More information about the correct procedures for declaring hazardous / dangerous goods (ADR) can be found in our 'How do I book dangerous goods (ADR)?' guide.