Dangerous goods are substances or articles that can cause damage to people, animals, the environment or materials. Based on its properties, the substance or article is assigned a Dangerous Goods class. UN regulations list 9 different classes of dangerous goods. Based on the substance/articles properties, it can also be assigned a subsidiary risk. When loading dangerous goods, one should always take any subsidiary risk and special instructions into considerations.

The transport of dangerous goods is regulated by both national and international legislation as follows:

Maritime transports: IMDG code (IMDG-Code Amdt. 40-20).

Tallink Silja Oy observes the latest versions of the above-mentioned regulations.

Shipping of dangerous goods

The transport and classification of dangerous goods is primarily done in accordance with the IMDG-code, still taken into account the shipping company's own requirements and rules. Notice that to Tallinn Harbour it is not possible to transport class 1 dangerous goods.


Reservations for a vehicle loaded with dangerous goods must be made with Tallink Silja Cargo Booking well in advance. Dangerous goods must also be informed in time with the reservations as well as the Proper Shipping Name, UN number, Class, subsidiary risk (if applicable) and packaging group of the goods being shipped must be given. The consigner must also notify whether the goods being transported are in Limited Quantities or restricted by ohter special regulations or examples.


A DG-declaration should be issued on a separate document Multimodal Dangerous Goods Declar. (pdf), which is to be signed and sent to the Cargo Booking ( before the shipment. The document is to be shown at the cargo clearance before boarding the ship. On request the original version of the DGD is to be shown. 

Marking of vehicle/cargo unit

The transporter/consignor shall ensure that the vehicle/cargo unit being shipped is marked in accordance with the IMDG regulations. Even vehicles/cargo units loaded with limited quantities must be marked during the sailing. Markings required by the IMDG are available for rental at the port check-in.

Storage of dangerous goods

IMDG or ADR classified dangerous goods may not be stored within the Tallink Silja port area. Vehicles/cargo units must be picked up/dropped off at the port on the same morning/evening that the shipment is to take place. If necessary, our competent personnel at Cargo Booking and at the check-in in ports can provide additional information on the transport of classified goods.