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High, wide, heavy loads on ferries

Why Does it Cost More to Book a Wide, High or Heavy Load on a Ferry?

The size and weight of a vehicle can greatly affect the cost of a ferry booking. But do you know why?

Wide Loads

A standard trailer is around 2.5 metres wide. Wider loads are more expensive because they

  • take up more slots on a ferry deck
  • tend to have a slower loading time
  • can only be loaded onto the main deck

Wide loads

High Loads

A typical HGV is around 4.6 metres high. Higher loads cost more to ship because they

  • cannot go up or down ramps to access other decks due to floor and ceiling clearance issues
  • might have to be put into specific locations on the ship, which reduces the flexibility for the the ferry operator
Internal ramps
High loads

Heavy Loads

Different ships have different interfaces for trucks boarding. Each system has a different maximum weight and loading capability. Also boarding ramps have varying weight limits per axle, therefore the loading time and method will vary, effecting the time at which a ferry can be ready to depart and increasing the cost of the booking.

Quay side ramp
maximum weight limit

Tide Height and Larger Vehicles

Some ports have varying levels of tide. This can dramatically affects when loading can be achieved. Taller trailers with low clearance must take extra caution as there is a high chance that they will impact with the roof or floor.

high tide, ship high
low tide, ship low
high tide, low clearance trailers

If you are not sure whether your vehicle is affected by wide, high or heavy load restrictions, speak to our customer service team who will be happy help.

21 June 2018

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