Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Trip Transport

Trip Transport Shipping the bike and yourself.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

UK Motorcycle Shipping Experts!

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 23 Apr 2007
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Devon, England
Posts: 30
Sea Container load lashing

Just a quick one. We are shipping a vehicle to Africa this summer in a standard shipping container. Do we need to lash the vehicle down and if so do shipping containers have lashing points, and who provides the kit? Thanks in advance.
Reply With Quote
Old 23 Apr 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Durban
Posts: 1
Container Securings

As a Ships' Captain I will recommend that you secure your vehicle within a shipping container. Ship's do roll slightly in any seaway, during a sorm I have personally recoreded a 20 degree roll. The handling of the containers in certain ports leaves a lot to be desired. Yes containers do have some securing pints in them and generally they are located at the sides of the floor in the container and right against the side of the container. You will be responsible for supplying the securing gear.

The best advise that I can give you is to use a minimum of 6 two ton ratchet straps (cargo straps). Secure one from each wheel so that they criss-cross under the vehicle with the forward once leading aft and the aft once leading forward. Use the other two, one for the foreward end and one on the aft end, arond the axles. these two to lead away from the vehicle. Other products such as air bags can be used to cushion the vehicle between the sides of the con tainer.

The last, and most important advise that I can give to anybody who intends to ship a vehicle or motorcycle, it is vital that you take out decent insurance.

Have a save journey.
Reply With Quote
Old 24 Apr 2007
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Devon, England
Posts: 30
Thanks Frikkie that is very useful advice.
Reply With Quote
Old 13 May 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Corsham,Wiltshire,UK
Posts: 15
Roll On (and Off)

Have you looked for RoRo ferries? I think some services run down the west coast of Africa.
Reply With Quote
Old 14 May 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: the Netherlands
Posts: 220
Originally Posted by Ian Dennis View Post
Just a quick one. We are shipping a vehicle to Africa this summer in a standard shipping container. Do we need to lash the vehicle down and if so do shipping containers have lashing points, and who provides the kit? Thanks in advance.
Hello Ian,
If you want to read the whole procudure of loading containers take a look here: Container Handbook, chapter

If you going to use a shiping-agent, I think they are going to take care of this procedure's of loading, securing and insuring your precious load. At least this is something to talk/negotiate about upfront.

good luck
bart & sophie
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lashing down an auxillary fuel tank danielsprague 4WD Overland Tech 1 4 Mar 2007 14:54
Proposal to share a container between France and Argentina in April 2007 Simon TDM Trip Transport 3 14 Feb 2007 21:57
Banjul, Gambia to UK - container space available Matt Roach Trip Transport 0 3 Feb 2007 19:29
Sharing container space from Lisbon to Buenos Aires, anyone? Nuno Leotte Trip Transport 2 7 Sep 2006 20:53
container sharing sigoodacre Website Feedback 0 17 Nov 2004 04:27


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:53.