Most vehicles more than 3500kgs carrying a load must be fitted with approved lashing points. Below is a list of the vehicle types that are exempt from this requirement:
All other vehicles must comply.
Read more about the carriage of heavy vehicles on the Maritime New Zealand website.
If you have any questions, please call the Interislander freight team on 0800 660 670.
All heavy vehicles (in excess of 3500kg gross laden weight) travelling on Interislander services must be fitted with securing points in order to be lashed to the ferry deck to prevent movement at sea.
From 30 May 2012, an amendment to NZ Maritime Law S24B lashing requirements states that all lashing points on all trailer configurations must comply and be fitted in accordance with ISO9367 Points 1 and 2. A copy of these requirements is available from Standards New Zealand.
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To avoid this uncertainty, Interislander recommends ensuring that your vehicle is compliant.
Note: Carriage of a non–compliant vehicle is a breach of maritime rules, and the Master of the ship takes responsibility. Each Master decides on whether to accept a unit depending on safety, weather, and personal responsibility. This is termed Master’s Discretion.
A non – compliant unit may still be able to travel at master’s discretion, but this cannot be guaranteed. The Master of the ship takes the responsibility for the care of cargo onboard and decision sits with individual that is on shift at the time. Decision for travel approval will always be made with a safety-first focus.
Lashing points should be located to ensure restraint of the vehicle and in a position that the crew can access and safely attach the lashing. They should also be placed to prevent damage to the vehicle by the lashing chains.
No, there needs to be two points for lashings to hook into, this balances tension on unit to prevent it from moving during the sailing. Travel will be at ships discretion, if two separate points are not available.
Towing sockets may be used provided they comply with the dimensional, strength and marking requirements of part 2 of NZS 5444:2005 and are included on the information plate on vehicle. Failing that, the unit will only travel at Master’s discretion.
No, the information plates are a fundamental part of the rule. They tell the ship’s crew that your truck complies with Part 2 of NZS 5444:2005 and how many lashings are needed.
No. If the truck is empty, it is considered a delivery trip and therefore the rule does not apply (subject to master’s discretion – if deemed conditions unsafe to travel, it will need to be rebooked)
No, if empty, it is considered a delivery trip and rule does not apply (subject to master’s discretion). If you plan on returning loaded, you will need to comply.
No, these are for indicating the position of the points. You still need to have the information plate which is in the form of an anchor with a number to indicate the number of lashing points on each side of the vehicle.
In accordance of NZS5444:2005 Section 2.7 Marking
Anchor plate information marking shall appear at least on the front side of trailer. Ideally, it should be marked on all four sides of the trailer.
No. Without knowing the history of the individual lashings the ship’s crew cannot be sure of their condition and strength. While the strength of their lashing may be sufficient to meet the standard, crew need to be sure that the part of the vehicle they are attached to is also able to take the load as required.
We recommend consulting with an engineer that specialises in modification and certification of heavy motor vehicles.
Lashing points at the front of a tractor unit, need to have two points to lash from by either:
Information sourced from: Safety update - Carriage of heavy vehicles on roll-on/roll-off ships May 2012 - Maritime NZ
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