Gas on/off on the ferry? (1 Viewer)

Sep 26, 2010
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We ALWAYS turn our gas off at the bottles just before we board a ferry. However some that we've talked to abroad say they don't, especially on an overnight ferry cos they want it to keep the beers (and food) cold in the fridge/freezer. We put frozen water bottles in the fridge/freezer which seems to work.
So, returning recently on Santander/Portsmouth we decided to ask Brittany ferries boarding staff for a definitive answer on whether we should turn the gas off - First one said they didn't know. Second one wasn't sure but decided it might be a good idea! :rolleyes:. In addition we couldn't see any posters or info giving instructions re gas bottles.
So it prompts the question, what do you do??
 
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johnandi
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At Newhaven I've always been asked to ensure it's off but no-one has ever checked. I don't remember ever being asked at Dieppe when returning.
Recently when motorhoming in Canada we took a ferry to Vancouver Island. Prior to boarding the officials instructed us to turn off the gas and put a seal across the locker to prevent tampering.
 
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We ALWAYS turn our gas off at the bottles just before we board a ferry. However some that we've talked to abroad say they don't, especially on an overnight ferry cos they want it to keep the beers (and food) cold in the fridge/freezer. We put frozen water bottles in the fridge/freezer which seems to work.
So, returning recently on Santander/Portsmouth we decided to ask Brittany ferries boarding staff for a definitive answer on whether we should turn the gas off - First one said they didn't know. Second one wasn't sure but decided it might be a good idea! :rolleyes:. In addition we couldn't see any posters or info giving instructions re gas bottles.
So it prompts the question, what do you do??
We always turn ours off at the bottles. Brittany Ferries Plymouth check that we have before boarding and the info they hand us at check in also lists that gas bottles must be turned off. We put freezer blocks in the fridge and everything stays cold, even overnight.
 
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Read the terms and conditions of carriage, it's also international law. On ferries we were not permitted to carry gas welding equipment as it was deemed too risky. No welding was permitted even by contractors whilst there was a passenger aboard.
 

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It’s all about risk and accepting what can the avoided.
Shutting off gas cylinders reduces the risk and is a no brainier. Hence the requirement.

We went to Spain December / January and on both crossings no one checked or asked about the gas being isolated. It was though as that is in their conditions and mentioned elsewhere.

Isolate at the cylinder, there are less potential points of leak so a no brainier.

It’s just not worth the risk.

Unfortunately nowadays, society is full of entitled ignorant people who know better.
 
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I always have it off

NSF from Hull always asked and checked the gas was off. Pretty sure they asked but not always checked at Zeebrugge. Our gas fridge was always ok on the overnight crossing with a frozen meal in the main part and a frozen milk, when alowed.

First sailing with BF from Portsmouth to Santander 2 weeks ago and no one asked, let alone checked, but I think you’d be right to suggest many don’t turn it off. I know for sure some don’t. 12v fridge this time and perfect over the 2 nights crossing.
 
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On the Stena ferry from liepāja to travemünde I had to tape my gas locker closed and hang a 'gas off' ticket on my mirror.

Of course, nobody checked it was off before I taped it but....
 
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On the Stena ferry from liepāja to travemünde I had to tape my gas locker closed and hang a 'gas off' ticket on my mirror.

Of course, nobody checked it was off before I taped it but....
Good idea, could be adopted by BF

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On the Stena ferry from liepāja to travemünde I had to tape my gas locker closed and hang a 'gas off' ticket on my mirror.

Of course, nobody checked it was off before I taped it but....
Hope you did then!
 
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We ALWAYS turn our gas off at the bottles just before we board a ferry. However some that we've talked to abroad say they don't, especially on an overnight ferry cos they want it to keep the beers (and food) cold in the fridge/freezer. We put frozen water bottles in the fridge/freezer which seems to work.
So, returning recently on Santander/Portsmouth we decided to ask Brittany ferries boarding staff for a definitive answer on whether we should turn the gas off - First one said they didn't know. Second one wasn't sure but decided it might be a good idea! :rolleyes:. In addition we couldn't see any posters or info giving instructions re gas bottles.
So it prompts the question, what do you do??
Obviously all gas should be off at the cylinder when on ferries and trains.

As you are not permitted to import or export most food that would require refrigeration (fresh meat, dairy, fruit etc) you should not have anything that matters in the fridge.
If the beer is a bit warm on arrival, it will soon cool down once the fridge kicks back on.

It should be noted, that even the Woolwich free ferry (a 5 minute crossing) checks that the gas and lorry refrigeration units are off before loading.

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