CARGO/COMMERCIAL VEHICLES - FREIGHT MANIFEST PROCEDURES
The carriage of heavy vehicles is an important activity of the Company's operations and due care must be taken by all concerned both for the commercial as well as the safety aspect of the loading/unloading operation.
Planning of Loading and Stowage
The planning of loading and stowage should always ensure that the ship has a positive stability/trim within criteria as laid down within the ship's approved stability book. The vessel shall never be overloaded. Weight, size and nature of cargo, for example hazardous consignments, will necessarily influence the sequence of loading, but booked or pre-advised vehicles must always take priority. Furthermore, subject to stowage plans, every effort should be made to load cars in order of arrival within marshalling areas.
Dangerous cargoes must only be accepted and stowed in accordance with requirements of the IMDG Code in conjunction with provisions as laid out within the Company's specific standing order on the subject.
Unaccompanied vehicles and trailers cannot be accepted without written authorisation from the terminal or appropriate line manager.
Axle Loads and Weights
Weights of commercial vehicles vary from one type of vehicle to another and depending on the quantity and type of cargo carried. It is essential that the cargo weight is spread along the length and width of the vehicle box or trailer to ensure an even load.
For this purpose, the Company has introduced a vehicle weigh bridge at Mgarr and Cirkewwa to assess the actual weights on each axle of the relative vehicle. Under no circumstances should axle weights exceed 13 tons per axle.
This provision is in accordance with Regulation 5 of L.N. 13 of 1997 - Gozo Mail and Passenger Service (Fares) Regulations 1997 which states:
"Loads on commercial vehicles are not to exceed the registered capacity of the vehicle and/or an axle weight in excess of 13 tons".
Notwithstanding the above, the axle weights for two (2) axle vehicles shall not exceed 14 tons per axle, so far as the distance between wheels does not exceed 2000 mm and the front and rear axles are not separated by more than 1500 mm (measured from the centre of each axle).
Control and Security
Company personnel are instructed to ensure that boarding is carried out in an orderly manner. Customers' co-operation in this regard will be very much appreciated.
All vehicles must be accompanied by a driver on boarding and during the voyage, except when prior arrangement has been made with the Company and accepted in writing.