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Old 24 April 2011, 13:54   #1
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Stena Ferry and Safety Flares

anyone taken their safety flares on the Stranraer - Belfast Ferry operated by Stena Line?
I called Stena at Larne - the freight office - to ask if there is an issue with marine pyrotechnics
on your own boat when its sitting on a trailer on the car deck,
and they are going to call me back tomorrow
They couldn't tell me today !
Anyone else know Stena policy?

If they won't accept them, I could take my time expired ones and maybe I would have to hand them over....
(that would solve a disposal problem! )
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Old 25 April 2011, 07:22   #2
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Flares....

I've taken mine on lots of ferry's. Not the particular one over to Ireland though....

As long as they're hidden on the boat or in the car, I've been OK.

Also had to 'hide' fuel tanks also, as even when empty they haven't been keen to have them on display.

Makes a nice smelly car afterwards..........

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We've taken ours on the Portsmouth/LeHavre ferry loads of times, they usually take them off us at Portsmouth & we get them back at LeHavre. When I queried why, they told us they were classed as offensive weapons, strangely they never take them off us on the return from France, nor do they ask us about the 19kg of propane, assortment of cooking/ diving knives, 40 gallons of fuel in the boat & 2 "J"s of O2. 40 gallons of unleaded, 19kg of propane & 2x300bar cyls of O2 would make a biggish bang
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Old 25 April 2011, 09:09   #4
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I have had mine on a number of ferries and hadn't even hought of mentioning them.
In saying for other things like dive cylinders that they don't seem to bother unless you actually say you have them and ask what to do with them................
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Old 25 April 2011, 09:16   #5
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well... will find out on Wednesday.
Of course they havn't called me back,
doubt they will.
I won't take fuel on the boat, the internal tank is all but empty,
just adds to the weight for the tow, and no dive bottles or propane.

thanks all
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Based on this:

http://www.norfolkline.com/NR/rdonly...erisiondoc.pdf

on page 10, "Passengers must declare all inflammable, explosive or other potentially hazardous
substances and/or items that may constitute a health or security threat during check-in "

and

"10.7 No fuel cans of any nature whatsoever, whether full or empty are permitted onto the Ship and Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries Limited reserve the right to confiscate and dispose of any fuel cans at any time"

How this turns into real life practise might be another story. At least flares should based on above be declared but what happens after that is not stipulated?
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A mate of mine has a Stanley steam car, some times he's told to drop the presure from the boiler and gets a tow on and off the ferry, and sometimes he just drives on and off.
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ok...
no one asked anything.....
could have had a boat full of flares !
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