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Wide, High & Heavy Loads on Ferries - The Facts

The width, height and weight of your freight vehicle is very important when booking a ferry. Not only will it influence which ferry you can board, but also how the ferry is loaded to ensure the ferry leaves on time with minimal disruption.

Unfortunately, not every ferry operator shares the maximum dimensions and weights accepted. The maximum also varies depending on which route you take.

However, we've managed to collate some of the more common routes, which will give you a good idea of whether your load is acceptable.

P&O Ferries

P&O provides the maximum width, heights and weights for all of their routes.

Route Max. Width Max. Height Max. Weight
Dover-Calais 6.70 m 4.80 m 44 ton (72 ton special arrangement)
Hull-Rotterdam 6.00 m 7.00 m 170 ton
Hull-Zeebrugge 6.00 m 4.40 m 170 ton
Teesport-Rotterdam 6.00 m 6.90 m 170 ton
Teesport-Zeebrugge 6.00 m 7.00 m 170 ton
Tilbury-Zeebrugge 6.00 m 6.00 m 80 ton (150 ton special arrangement)
Cairnryan-Larne 6.00 m 5.00 m 125 ton
Liverpool-Dublin 5.20 m 4.80 m 160 ton

Loads wider than 2.5m incur additional charges. P&O Irish Sea and North Sea routes with loads wider than 3m and heavier than stated require special arrangement. Contact our customer service team for more information.

DFDS Seaways

DFDS has an excellent Route & Schedules section on their website, which provides everything you need to know about what freight vehicles are allowed on each DFDS route. Maximum width, height and weights for two of their most popular routes are as follows

Route Max. Width Max. Height Max. Length Max. Weight
Dover-Dunkerque 3.2 m 4.45 m 22 m 44 ton
Dover-Calais 5.0 m 4.4 m 26 m 24 ton

Abnormal loads can be shipped. Contact our customer service team for more information.

Stena Line

Unfortunately, Stena Line doesn't provide maximum width, height and weight limits for loads on their routes. They do however provide some clearance dimensions on their website ships page.

Contact our customer service team for more information.

Eurotunnel

Max. Width Max. Height Max. Length Max. Weight
2.6 m 4.2 m 19.4 m 44 ton

Unfortunately, abnormal loads cannot be transported on a Eurotunnel freight shuttle.

Superfast Ferries

Max. Width Max. Height Max. Weight
2.5 - 5 m (depending on vehicle maneuverability) 4.7 m 15 ton / axle

Abnormal loads can be shipped. Contact our customer service team for more information.

Unity Lines

Max. Width Max. length Max. Weight
2.6 m 24 m 7 ton / axle (1.3 m or less between axles)
10 ton / axle (more than 1.3 m between axles)

Abnormal loads can be shipped at a special rate. Contact our customer service team for more information.

Brittany Ferries

There are different maximum width and heights for every ship in Brittany Ferries' fleet with maximum heights ranging from 4.30 - 5.20 m and widths of 4.40 - 6.80 m.

Theoretically, Brittany Ferries can take up to 180 tonnes, however there is a surcharge on anything over 75 tonnes (50 tonnes on their Spanish routes). Certain ships are excluded from this.

Abnormal loads can be sihpped at a special rate, however an abnormal load form with any diagrams or drawings me be completed prior to shipping. Contact our customer service team for more information.

Remember!

It is very important that accurate dimensions are provided when you make your freight ferry booking as there is always the possibility that you will be refused shipment on busy sailings if you have provided the wrong information.

Most ferry operators can accommodate abnormal loads that do not fall under a standard load configuration.

Contact our expert customer service team and we will happily arrange these bookings for you.

11 October 2016

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