Lashing & Trestle Points on Ferries Checklist

During poor weather conditions, vehicles and cargo endure extreme levels of movement. To avoid cargo slipping off the trailer, all cargo must be secured to the bed of the trailer. All vehicles shipping unaccompanied must also have the following securing points.

Securing Cargo Checklist

  • The load within the HGV trailer should be secured to the bed of the trailer
  • All HGV, trucks and trailers should be fitted with sufficient anchor points
  • Canopies should be closed before sailing
  • Spansets and tension rods should be checked by the driver before leaving the trailer
  • Unaccompanied trailers should use a separate trestle and the trestle point for support and not use the landing legs which cannot stand the pressure of the load and trailer under sea conditions
Gross Vehicle MassMin no. lashing rings on each side
3.5t ≤ GVM ≤ 20t2
20t < GVM ≤ 30t3
30t < GVM ≤ 40t4

Acceptable Lashing Points

acceptable lashing points diagram

Trestle Pointtrestle pointThe landing legs cannot stand the pressure of the load and weight of the trailer under sea conditions. Therefore a trestle is used to sit the trailer onto so that landing legs do not touch the deck of the ship. The trestle point is a steel sheet welded across the chassis of the trailer etc.
Lashing Pointslashing pointsTo prevent a vehicle from moving whilst at sea the trailer is lashed down using chains. All unaccompanied units must have 8 lashing rings to prevent the vehicle moving.

acceptable lashing points

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