Dangerous/Restricted Goods

Dangerous/Restricted Goods

Our passenger ferries can carry certain substances and goods but we are limited to what we can carry by the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code and guidelines issued by the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It is a legal requirement for any passenger/haulier to advise both the Harbour Authority and Wightlink of all dangerous goods/marine pollutants being presented for shipment. No dangerous goods can be carried on our Catamarans nor carried by foot passengers on our car ferries. Dangerous goods for shipment should be declared at least 24 hours in advance.

Some dangerous goods can only be carried on certain passenger restricted sailings but please refer to our dangerous goods department for information. Some dangerous goods are not allowed on passenger ships but if certain conditions such as stowage and quantity limits are met they can be allowed. Such dangerous goods, but not limited to, include flammable gas for recreational purposes (not more than 47 kg), spare fuel in approved containers (not more than 5 litres), guns and ammunition for sporting purposes, fireworks for personal use (total weight of package not more than 10 kg) and medical oxygen for personal use can be carried (limits apply) but please inform Wightlink of intended carriage.

The Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations make it a legal requirement for the haulier to advise both the Harbour Authority and Wightlink of all dangerous goods/marine pollutants being presented for shipment

Wightlink will not be held responsible for any inconvenience, delay or expense incurred by refusing shipment due to lack of notice given.

Dangerous Goods Offices

The offices below must be contacted on both the outbound and inbound journey to inform the relevant port of any dangerous substances being transported.


  • Portsmouth: 023 9285 5237
  • Fishbourne: 019 8388 5200
  • Lymington: 015 9064 7638
  • Yarmouth: 019 8376 0647
The following information is required from the Shipper/Forwarder (or his agent) in order to complete a Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants Declaration: a. Company name and address b. Time and date of sailing for which a reservation is held c. Vehicle make and type together with registration number d. United Nations (UN) number e. The proper shipping names, not Trade Names and technical names of constituents (if applicable) f. I.M.O. Class and Division, and Subsidiary Risk (if applicable) g. Marine Pollutant category (if applicable) h. Packaging Group i. Flash Point (if 61ºC or below) j. Details of quantities to be shipped (For Explosives – Net explosive contents – NEC/NEQ) k. Any other relevant details The Shipper/Forwarder (or his agent) must sign the Declaration to confirm all information provided is correct. In addition the person responsible for the packing of the container/vehicle must sign the Container/Vehicle Packing Certificate contained on the above declaration.