The transport of dangerous goods is a necessary requirement for manufacturing industries across Europe. European industry is dependent on freight ferries capable of transporting these dangerous goods as part of the supply chain manufacturing. Hazardous goods are usually transported as partial loads or grouping but some carriers specialize in full load movements.
There appears to be a lack of understanding of a number of transport operators by the legal requirements for the transport of dangerous goods at sea. What makes it so frustrating is that when we live on an island how do you expect to come here if not at sea? Eurotunnel can not take all the different types of dangerous cargo there are and not all operators use this service. There are no tunnel or road links from the UK to Ireland.
There are different legal requirements for the transport of dangerous goods on their way to lakes. For example a truck operator must run with orange plates - the square plates appear on the front and back of a vehicle when truck is loaded with dangerous goods and is driving in Britain. However when the same vehicle wants to travel on a ferry the organizers must do so to load the vehicle in a certain location aboard the ship depending on the hazards of the goods on board the vehicle and Hazardous Goods posters Haz Triangles for those of a certain age must be attached to the bulkhead and on Each side of the trailer or truck the cargo must have been checked by a Dangerous Goods Hazardous Safety Danger Safety Attorney to ensure that the goods can be transported as not all dangerous goods can be transported on ferries. Oh and when you arrive at the ferry port if ADR hazardous goods paperwork is not properly implemented and signed you will not go anywhere. All this work is done to ensure that in an event such as a fire aboard the ship which is probably the most dangerous one can occur on board the ship especially if the ship is at sea when the crews crew and emergency team know exactly what potential hazards they have aboard.
A product that can be transported as limited quantities by road and does not require ADR paperwork or orange slabs can be classified as dangerous at sea. This is where the help of DGSA or the sending department of the sender company can help the carrier to fully understand its legal obligations thereby contributing to ensuring compliance. A goof agent can also offer help and advice to customers by discussing product types and quantities to be shipped with ferry operators to check the goods can be accepted for delivery. No operator wants to sit on the dock with a cargo that can not be sent and starts to cause delays if the wheels do not twist the vehicle does not earn.
Even though we in this country often regret the amount of bureaucracy that includes British industry in support of health and safety legislation no star wants to be in his own disaster movie. In the UK we have a government department called Maritime and Coast Guard Agency MCA which police and supports our shipping industry and ensures compliance with shipping. MCA recently held a seminar in northwestern England for the shipping transport and logistics industry to discuss inter alia the issue of dangerous cargo transportation in British territorial waters. Freightlink attended this seminar and heard from various representatives of MCA the Police and the Environment Agency about damage to ships road infrastructure and people living if the transport of dangerous goods is not carried out correctly and goes wrong. We left the seminar with a story that will prove that if you get lost on the trolley you need very deep pockets.
On November 20 2008 Dunkirk Janusz Gauden arrived at a 56-year-old Polish lorry driver and tried to embark on a British ferry bound to Dover. He explained that he had 383 kg of dangerous goods. Methyl methacrylate monomer Stabilized on his load but the ferry worker identified that the driver had no proper documentation and refused permission to board.
Mr Gauden then went to Calais where he managed to embark on a Sea France ferry with 228 people without declaring the goods. The Dunkerque ferry driver had sent a warning to Sea France to be looking for the driver but this information came after the ship sailed with undeclared dangerous goods on board.
Ship operators informed Maritime & Coastguard Agency who immediately alerted the police in Dover Port. The driver was arrested and arrested when the vehicle departed from Dover Ferry. He was subsequently accused of violating the Prohibition Regulations for Dangerous Goods and Pollution Prevention of Marine Pollution in 1997 and should occur at the Folkestone Magistrates Court.