Shipment Of Firearms and Dangerous Goods

Can I travel by ferry with gas?


Under International and UK legislation passengers wishing to carry gases in cylinders (pressure or gas receptacles) need to comply with the following provisions which the Company are obliged to apply in accordance with the appropriate regulations.

There may be other gases, not specifically listed below, that the Company can carry and which advice can be provided from our Freight Department on 0845 070 4000. (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)

The responsibility for checking if substances or articles being transported need to be declared remains with the customer at all times; Stena Line can accept no responsibility for delay or refusal to accept such items for shipment if legal regulations or conditions have not been met or pre-advised to us at time of booking.

Propane and butane gas for private use only (i.e. camping purposes). Maximum of 3 cylinders, the combined weight of which must not exceed 47KGs for lighting, cooking or heating purposes only, may be offered to the ship without documentation or in accordance with IMDG regulations.

Diving gases (including air) for personal use may be carried in private vehicles used to carry passengers and their personal diving equipment according to the following conditions:

(i) Gas cylinders carried must be for the passenger’s personal use.

(ii) The maximum number of cylinders carried per vehicle must be six, of size ‘F’ or smaller (i.e. up o 60 litres aggregate water capacity), containing either COMPRESSED AIR (UN1002), COMPRESSED OXYGEN (UN1072) or COMPRESSED GAS, OXIDISING N.O.S (Oxygen, Nitrous oxide) (UN3156) (this generally has the trade name ‘Entenox’)

(iii) All cylinders should be secured within the vehicle to prevent movement.

(iv) Other dangerous goods (including Flammable gases & Flammable liquids) shall not be carried in the same vehicle as these ‘diving-use’ gases under any circumstances.

Medical Oxygen for personal use carried in private vehicles (used to carry sick or disabled persons). Vehicles may carry up to six, of size 'F' or smaller (i.e. up to 60 litres aggregate water capacity) containing UN 1072 – Compressed Oxygen, provided the patient has a letter from a doctor stating they require medical oxygen.

Calibration gas which is not toxic and is used solely for calibration purposes may be carried provided the aggregate water capacity of the pressure receptacles (cylinder) or small receptacles containing gas (gas cartridges) does not exceed 50 litres.

Non-Flammable gases (Class 2.2) may be accepted for shipment if they are transported at a pressure of less than 200 kPa at 20ºC and are not a liquefied or refrigerated liquefied gas.


Note size F has 9.4 litres water capacity, with approximate dimensions 930mm x 140 mm.


Please be aware that transport requirements apply equally to nominally empty cylinders, as International regulations consider ‘empty’ pressure receptacles (cylinders) as Dangerous Goods unless purged and where a certificate confirming this accompanies the cylinder.

Except when being used in medical applications, the gas supply should always be shut off for the cylinders carried for the purposes mentioned above; all cylinders should be adequately secured against movement of the ship and away from sources of ignition and heat.


We reserve the right to check if a cylinder is empty or request a certificate as proof of cleaning / purging if cylinders are carried and declared to us as ‘empty’.


All items indicated above must be declared to the Company by calling our contact centre on 03447 707 070 (calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers 01 or 02) at least 24 hours prior to the date and time of departure and again at the check-in booth / desk on arrival at the port.


Acetylene Gas is not permitted for carriage at any time or under any circumstances.