Customers are advised that regulations regarding the transportation of fuel on ferries are strictly enforced.  Under federal legislation, Marine Atlantic is subject to responsibilities as outlined under the Cargo Fumigation and Tackle Regulations, Section 151 (1)(d) which include:

(d) the vehicle is carrying, outside the fuel tank, no more than 25 L of the fuel needed to propel it and the fuel is in a means of containment that:

       (i) is designed for the carriage of that type of fuel,

       (ii) meets the requirements of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations for the means of containment,

       (iii) is secured within the vehicle, and

       (iv) if a gaseous fuel is carried, is equipped with valves protected by valve caps.

A listing of the full regulations can be found at: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/PDF/SOR-2007-128.pdf


Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What are the safety procedures for a motor vehicle on the vessel?

Answer: The motor vehicle must be driven on and off the vessel. The fuel tank should not be so full that the fuel will spill on board because of an increase in volume from temperature changes. The ignition switch should be switched off and the parking brake must be applied.

Question: Can I carry extra fuel outside the fuel tank? 

Answer: Yes, you may carry extra fuel outside the fuel tank. Extra fuel must be stored in a CSA approved container and the maximum quantity allowed is 25 litres per vehicle. The container must be properly secured in the vehicle.

Question: What are the safety procedures for a recreational vehicle/trailer on the vessel?

Answer: The recreational vehicle (RV) must be driven on and off the vessel. If the RV carries liquefied petroleum gas or propane, you can carry a maximum of two tanks totalling no more than 65 litres. The gas must be approved for domestic use and the cylinder must be secured to the RV with the valve in the SHUT position.

Question: Can a portable barbeque travel with the recreational vehicle/trailer?

Answer: Yes, you may carry a portable barbeque and one propane cylinder with a maximum of 65 litres with a recreational vehicle or trailer. The cylinder must be secured with the valve in the SHUT position.

Question: What are the safety procedures for hauling all-terrain vehicles, motorbikes, snowmobiles or personal watercraft?

Answer: These units may be carried in the vehicle or trailer. If using a trailer, it must be attached to the motor vehicle and driven on/off the vessel.

Question: Can I carry extra fuel for my all-terrain vehicle, motorbikes, snowmobiles or personal watercraft?

Answer: Yes, you may carry extra fuel outside the fuel tank. Extra fuel must be stored in a CSA approved container and the maximum quantity allowed is 25 litres per vehicle. If you are using a trailer to haul these units, you are allowed a maximum of two 25 litre containers. These containers must be properly secured in the vehicle.

Question: Why does Marine Atlantic restrict the amount of extra fuel that can be carried on board?

Answer: These requirements are mandated by Transport Canada under the Cargo Fumigation and Tackle Regulations, Section 151. Please see the below link for additional information.  http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2007-128/
Marine Atlantic thanks you for your co-operation in complying with federal regulations and protecting the safety of all customers and employees.