Ramp to the outer deck on the NorthLink Ferries freight ships

Securing Cargo & Lashing Guidelines

Lashing Guidelines

Any commercial vehicle or trailer over 6m long must be equipped with suitable lashing points.

Over 6m?

Drop trailers and commercial self-propelled vehicles less than nine meters in length will be secured in accordance with the department of transports booklet – Stowage and Securing of Vehicles – Code of Practice and also international standard ISO9367. This requires vehicles less than 9m in length but weighting 3.5 to 20 gross tons to have a minimum of 2 designated lashing points on each side.Freight lashing guidelines on the NorthLink freight vessels

Please note that the loading officer and ultimately the Master of the vessel will have the final decision as to the suitability of the lashing points and acceptance of the trailer for shipment. Our shore-side stevedoring supervisors will also assess the suitability of lashing points on vehicles arriving for shipment.

If lashings are found to be defective or unsuitable the trailer or vehicle will be refused shipment until suitable lashing points are fitted.

Lashing GuidelinesOver 9m?

To allow shipment on all of our vessels to and from Orkney and Shetland, drop trailers and commercial self – propelled vehicles of nine meters or over in length must have a minimum of four designated lashing points on each side of the vehicle to allow secure lashing to the ship’s deck. These should be fitted to the chassis of the trailer.

Two of these lashings must be adjacent to and forward of the trestle position on the trailer as shown in the diagram right. This allows the trailer to be lashed down securely onto the trestle which supports the trailer during shipment. In adverse weather wheel chocks will also be used to stabilize the trailer while onboard.

SPVs, as shown below, will also require two additional lashing points on the front of the tractor unit itself.

Securing Cargo Internally

Note that loads must be properly secured internally, and appropriately to the type of load carried. This may include using chain lashings for bulky or heavy cargo. Securing of cargo may be inspected by any of our staff or contractors at each port, and if found to be unsuitable, may be refused.

Types of strong, acceptable lashing points are shown in photographs fig 1,2,3 below

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Fig 1 – Pad Eye

Fig 2 – D Ring

Fig 3 – Forward D Ring

Example of a good forward lashing point positioning arrangement on a drop trailer. Is shown below in photograph Fig 4 below.

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Fig 4 – Good forward arrangement

If you require further information or guidance please contact our freight specialists Customer Service Centre on 0845 6060 449.

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