Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods declaration requirements

It is critical you ensure all loads comply with the IMDG code.

Please note:  a 3M or 6M required separation means separation from the entire unit, not within the unit.

  • Complete an Interislander Dangerous Goods declaration via Passport. This is our preferred declaration method.
  • Passport requires users to have a user name and password, which can be obtained by emailing our team at freight@interislander.co.nz or calling the team on 0800 660 670.
  • Submit your manifest at least 4 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the vessel. Apart from supplementary paperwork for radioactive materials, this is the only document that needs to be sent to us.

All Commercial Vehicles carrying dangerous goods will be inspected at the terminal prior to being allocated a place on board, and once on board, a secondary check will be carried out by the loading deck mate. The checks will ensure:

  • The vehicle has the correct paperwork and DG placards as per the IMDG Code; and
  • The vehicle complies with the requirement of the New Zealand Transport Act 1994; and,
  • No leaks are sighted or unusual smell emanating from the container/vehicle; and,
  • Old DG placards must be removed if no longer applicable to the freight being transported.

 If a vehicle does not meet the above requirements, Interislander will not accept it for travel.

Checklist for correct completion of manifest

When completing the dangerous goods manifest, it is imperative the following fields are completed: (Passport will prompt you if you have not complied with the requirements below)

  • UN Number and Proper Shipping name
  • Technical name if N.O.S.
  • Packing Group (if required)
  • Flash Point (For all items of Class 3 or with a subsidiary risk of Class 3)
  • Weight and volume
  • Number and type of Packaging
  • Stowage plan to indicate where your goods are stowed in the unit
    • After hours contact name and number
    • Ensure all other paperwork relating to the transport unit is available for inspection if required by terminal or ship staff.
    • Affix front and rear of the transport unit with the required placards. IMDG Class placards are available for purchase from the Commercial Vehicle Check In Hut.

 Please note: Interislander no longer stock placards on site at our terminals.  Vehicles not displaying the correct placards will not sail until suitable placarding is obtained for travel.

Maritime codes and health and safety requirements

At Interislander, we are committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of all persons affected by our operations – including employees, contractors, clients, partners and passengers. This extends to the various aspects of the environment we interact with as part of our business.

 Transporting Dangerous Goods across Cook Strait is subject to the regulations of the Maritime Safety Authority, and you are required to ensure your goods are in accordance with the following regulations:

The Masters and Officers in-charge of cargo decks will check cargo, the relevant certification and placarding prior to accepting any cargo on board the vessel to ensure it meets the IMDG code as laid out by Maritime New Zealand.

We take health and safety seriously and our PCBU officers will carry out their duties to ensure they have eliminated as many risks as far is reasonably practicable per the NZ HSE Act 2015.

Where it’s not reasonably practicable to eliminate health and safety risks, our officers will look to minimise the risks. Interislander asks for all commercial vehicle customers to ensure 100% compliance to the required regulations stated above before arriving at our terminals.

Training is a mandatory requirement for all those involved in the transport chain of dangerous goods by sea. This applies to consignors, shippers and forwarders, container packers and consolidators, shipping line operations and booking staff, stevedores and port staff. Details and guidance on the requirements are in the IMDG chapter 1.3.

For more information and to purchase go to www.imdge-learning.com

Stowage categories

Dangerous goods that fall within stowage Category A can be conveyed on any passenger sailing with the exclusion of radioactive material which is limited to Aratere sailings only.

Dangerous goods of stowage Category D & E are limited to our freight sailings – for any enquiries, please call 0800 660 670.