Dangerous goods

Dangerous goods are carried aboard Viking Line vessels in accordance with the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) regulations as published in the IMDG code. Please note that the transportation of dangerous goods aboard passenger ferries is subject to certain restrictions.

If the cargo contains dangerous goods, it must be declared (at the time of making) when the reservation. The following details are required: the UN number, technical name and quantity of the hazardous material and, if applicable, flash point and packing group.

The conditions for Dangerous goods should be taken into account in freight transport in order to ensure a safe passage for everyone. Our freight reservation team is happy to help with questions related to the transportation of dangerous goods.

Labelling of units

In accordance with the applicable regulations (ADR and IMDG), freight units carried by sea must be correctly labelled prior to their arrival in the port area. Therefore, the shipper is solely responsible for the correct labelling of the units, and we expect you to verify that your labels comply with current regulations.

Viking Line will inspect the labelling before the units are loaded aboard the vessel. Any cargo which has incomplete or inaccurate labelling cannot be loaded aboard the vessel, and your reservation on your chosen departure may be jeopardised.

If, at the time of the inspection, Viking Line has to make additions or corrections in the labelling, we will charge €10 per label. The amount will be charged on the freight bill. We cannot guarantee to be able to correct inaccurate labelling in all cases. In addition, in some cases, an incorrectly labelled unit may not be loaded aboard the vessel.


Each shipment of dangerous goods must be accompanied with a duly completed Dangerous Goods Declaration document. The documents must be delivered to the freight check-in area at the port of departure no later than two hours before the scheduled departure of the vessel. If the original documents are sent after the cargo has been dispatched and they will not reach the port before the departure, you can email us copies of the documents to arrive beforehand.

Amendment 37-14 is effective January 1, 2015 and becomes mandatory on January 1, 2016.

Please also note any port-specific requirements regarding advance notice and advance inquiry regarding the transportation of dangerous goods into the port area. Our freight reservation team is happy to provide further information about current regulations and in questions related to the labelling of your freight units.

Port of Helsinki

Storage areas and driving routes for dangerous goods

Many ports have designated storage areas for freight units containing dangerous goods. In addition, ports have designated incoming and outgoing routes which must be used by vehicles transporting dangerous goods. Please see the Ports section for further information.