Vehicle Transport Policies

Vehicle Transport Policies

Any currently registered and insured (see section B.) rubber-tired Vehicle in good running condition that may be driven legally on a road of Cabo Verde or Municipality road may be transported on CVFF’s vessels subject to the rules of the Tariff. Off-road, construction or farm Vehicles may be carried by special arrangement and additional costs (see L. Oversize Vehicles below) and subject to capacity, weight and other limitations as CVFF may impose. 

Registered owner or agent of the registered owner of the Vehicle shall present all documents and identification at the time of check in, as required by law including owner’s N.I.F.. 

Registered owner or agent thereof must drive Vehicle on to Vessel, be present on Vessel during Voyage, and drive Vehicle off Vessel. 

Vehicles must be in good running condition and must start reliably. Vehicles that require assistance in moving will be denied boarding. 

Vehicles that are excessively dirty, muddy or have caked-on mud on Vehicle or tires shall not be permitted on board, and may not be cleaned at the terminal. All Vehicle engines, including reefer power units, must be turned off for duration of Voyage once Vehicle is parked on Ferry.

Driver must be at least 18 years of age. 

CVFF will not be responsible for loss or damage to personal effects left in Vehicle.

Registered owner or agent of the registered owner of the Vehicle must make available (and must be visible) to CVFF the original Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), the make, model, and color at check-in, and such information may be made available to law enforcement agencies. At CVFF’s option, some of this information may be pre-recorded by CVFF at time of booking. 

A valid driver’s license, proof of valid registration, and the owner’s or agent’s valid motor vehicle insurance must be made available to CVFF at the time of check-in except in the following instances: 
Proof of Vehicle’s valid registration for all Vehicles except for an unrecorded owner pending a lawful transfer. A certificate of ownership signed by the previous owner may be substituted for the current certificate of registration for a Vehicle purchased within thirty days of transportation. 

A facsimile of proof of motor vehicle insurance from an insurance company may be accepted for a Vehicle purchased within thirty days of transportation. 

Presentation of proof of motor vehicle insurance is required for all licensed or unlicensed motorized Vehicles for on or off-road use. 

A notarized Authorization To Move Vehicle form authorizing agent and signed by registered owner must be presented to CVFF staff if registered owner is not driving Vehicle. This includes Vehicles driven by registered owner’s immediate family members and commercial Vehicles. Authorization letters covering multiple, but individually nominated, Vehicles and drivers may be accepted for Commercial Customers.

CVFF may enter into a written agreement with rental car companies whereby the rental car company may authorize the transportation of its Vehicles on CVFF’s ferries by a rental car customer provided the rental car company has provided to CVFF an “Authorization to Move Letter” that covers the particular Vehicle and that the rental car customer produces a valid rental contract, and such documentation in a form that the rental car company and CVFF mutually agree authorizes driver to move Vehicle between islands (if any), plus all other documentation required of other drivers including driver’s license, proof of valid insurance, etc.

The illustration below summarizes type of vehicles and their respective measurements and tonnage allowance:

Documents Required: Valid registration, driver’s license with photo, proof of valid insurance, notarized Authorization To Move Vehicle Proof of dealer ownership, driver’s license with photo, proof of valid insurance Proof of new Vehicle status, driver’s license with photo, proof of valid insurance Proof of new Vehicle status, driver’s license with photo, proof of valid insurance.

Customers traveling with their Vehicles with Tickets are required to check-in with CVFF in at the terminal no later than 60 minutes prior to scheduled departure time, or as otherwise directed by CVFF. Vehicles that check in less than 60 minutes before scheduled departure time may be denied boarding.

Persons with Vehicles without Tickets are required to purchase Tickets at the terminal no later than 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure time and CVFF makes no guarantee that there will be available space to transport Vehicle. 
Heavy, oversized or off-road Vehicles (see Section L) must purchase Tickets at least 24 hours in advance and must check in a minimum of 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure time or as otherwise, specified by CVFF.

D. Vehicle Screening
All Vehicles are subject to security, and agricultural screenings and the driver of the Vehicle may be required to open any or all compartments and must be equipped to open any and all compartments on request by CVFF’s authorized personnel. CVFF reserves the right to refuse service if full access to all compartments is not available. CVFF will cooperate with law enforcement and other government agencies as applicable. All Vehicle occupants are also subject to screening.

The maximum height for all Vehicles inside the car deck is 2.10 meters and 4.0 meters in the truck space, including load unless pre-arranged and authorized by CVFF. The maximum dimensions, including ground clearance, of any Vehicle are subject to any operational limitations of the Port or Vessel per CVFF’s sole discretion.

The actual maximum length, height and width measurements of the Vehicle including its load (but excluding legally required rearview mirrors) will determine the applicable rate charged. Measurements will be based on the greatest overall dimensions, including bumpers, racks, load or other fittings extending beyond the body of the Vehicle.

Customer agrees that if the Vehicle’s dimensions or weight measures differently from the dimensions booked by Customer, the Customer will be charged the Vehicle rate as actually measured and may be refused carriage by CVFF if Vessel does not have available capacity to take increased dimensions or weight.

CVFF is not responsible for damage to any Vehicle caused by the amble of any ramps. The driver shall be responsible to determine the safe clearance for low-riding or long-overhang Vehicles and any resulting damage to Vehicle, ramps, facilities or Ferry shall be the responsibility of the driver.

F. Customer Responsible For Securing Vehicle Contents

CVFF’s Vessels are subject to motions created by sea conditions which at times can be significant. The driver of the Vehicle is responsible for securing any personal effects or contents in order to prevent it from movement or damage or shifting while Vehicle is in transit.

CVFF shall not be responsible for damage resulting from failure to properly secure any personal effects or contents inside the vehicle.

G. Vehicle Leakage

Vehicle inspected and known to leak oil will be denied boarding. Any discharge from the Vehicle and/or its contents and the resulting cleanup charges, fines and or other penalties will be assessed to the Vehicle’s owner or agent.

H. Round-trip guarantee

Fare of vehicles and trucks are applied on a per slot basis. For guaranteed return space on the day of intent, reservation and payment for both segments of a round-trip booking must be made at the time of the original booking.

I. Loading and Unloading of Vehicles
CVFF requires that all Vehicles be driven on and off the Vessel solely by registered owner or agent of registered owner under their own power (i.e. the Vehicle cannot be pushed or pulled on or off the Vessel by another Vehicle or person or persons).

J. Motion Detector Alarms
All motion detector alarms must be turned off or otherwise disabled while Vehicle is aboard CVFF’s Vessels.

K. Locking of Vehicles
Vehicle must be locked once Vehicle is parked on the Vehicle deck.

Vehicle fares are determined by the Vehicle’s overall maximum length, height and width dimensions including all racks, loads, personal effects or contents that protrude beyond the dimensions of the actual Vehicle, with sole exception of rear view mirrors as required by law. Vehicles may be required to fold in rear view mirrors on board. 

Automobiles that occupy up to 5.2 meters in length, 2.25 meters in width, 1.6 meters in height and weights less than 2 tons will be transported at standard automobile rates as shown on tariff rate for each island. 

Van and Pick-up trucks of up to 6.5 meters in length, 2.25 meters in width, 2.25 meters in height and weights less than 4.5 tons will be transported at Van/Pick-up rates as shown on tariff rate for each island. 
Large trucks of up to 10.0 meters in length, 2.65 meters in width, 4.0 meters in height and weights less than 10 tons will be carried at Truck rates as shown on tariff rate for each island.

Automobiles, Van/Pick-up or Large trucks that exceed above specifications without prior knowledge of CVFF may be denied boarding and allowed to be transported only if space is available after additional charges are paid based on length and weight excess.

Fares on overweight Vehicles will be increased by the percentage over road legal weight; e.g. a Vehicle that exceeds the maximum axle weight by 10% will be charged 110% of otherwise applicable Vehicle fare and will be accepted on a case by case basis. 

Vehicles with total weight or weight distribution characteristics that exceed the limitations of the Vessel or Port facilities will not be permitted on the piers or Vessel.

CVFF is not responsible for damage to any Vehicle caused by the angle of any ramps. The driver shall be responsible to determine the safe clearance for low-riding or long overhang Vehicles and any resulting damage to Vehicle, ramps, facilities or Ferry shall be the responsibility of the driver. 

Non-rubber-tired Vehicles (e.g. tracked Vehicles) will not be carried unless on street-legal trucks or trailers and may be accommodated by special arrangement made in advance with CVFF only. Such Vehicles will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and subject to special pricing. 

Carrier may require that the Vehicle weight and axle loading be measured prior to loading and current evidence thereof presented to CVFF’s personnel at time of check-in.

M. Trailers / Containers
Trailers or Containers are not permitted if not attached to a self-propelled towing Vehicle. They must stay attached to the towing Vehicle at all times. Brakes must be set once parked on Vehicle deck.

N. Carriage of Firearms & Ammunition In Vehicles
No bulk or commercial quantities of firearms or ammunition may be carried for any purposes unless lawfully authorized by local authorities. The driver must declare and completely identify the firearm and any ammunition during the check in screening process. If undeclared firearms or ammunition are detected after boarding or when Vessel is under way, CVFF shall notify law enforcement agencies.

0. Electrical service
230V / 60Hz 50 Amp three-phase electrical service is available by advance reservation for refrigerated Trucks on an as-available basis. Customer must furnish own power cord and make all connections and disconnections. Vessel’s electrical service may be subject to power surges, brownouts, disruption or failure. The use of the Vessel’s electrical service is at the user’s own risk and CVFF shall not be responsible for any damage to the Vehicle, its refrigeration equipment, or its contents resulting from usage of such electrical service or failure of such electrical service.

P. Motorcycles, Scooters, Mopeds and Bicycles
All motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and bicycles must be fully secured on the Vehicle deck using appropriate tie-downs. It is the responsibility of the owner or operator to ensure this is completed properly. Tie down equipment will be provided on request. 

However, CVFF does not guarantee it will be suitable for every Vehicle and reserves the right to deny service if adequate tie down cannot be achieved in its sole discretion. CVFF shall not be responsible if the tie down does not work and the motorcycle, scooter, moped or bicycle is damaged.

Q. Domestic Livestock & Poultry
Domestic livestock and poultry, which means ONLY domestic cattle, horses, donkeys, goats, and sheep, and chickens and roosters, will be allowed to travel on CVFF’s Vessels if accompanied by a Certificate of Ownership & Movement. 

It is the responsibility of the Customer to comply with any and all applicable government agency rules and regulations. Domestic livestock and poultry are required to travel in covered and properly ventilated livestock containers or Vehicles that fully retain all livestock waste discharge and feed/water spillage. All costs – including any required clean-up expenses to CVFF’s Vessels or other Vehicles being transported on CVFF’s Vessels, and fines and/or penalties assessed or incurred against the CVFF – shall be charged to the owner or agent of the Vehicle as a result of spill of livestock waste discharge and/or feed/water spillage.

CVFF reserves right to refuse carriage to livestock or poultry in its sole discretion.

No Customers shall be allowed on the Vehicle Deck to tend domestic livestock and poultry or for any other reason. Customer hereby releases CVFF from any and all liability arising out of loss, illness, damage or death of livestock or poultry transported by Customer and shall defend, indemnify and hold CVFF harmless for any liability or damage arising out of the transportation of the livestock or poultry.

No Vehicle may carry Hazardous Material in any amount that would require Vehicle placarding under Cape Verde hazardous material regulations. 

Customers carrying any Hazardous Material in their Vehicle must declare and completely identify such items to CVFF’s terminal personnel at time of check-in. Customers will not be allowed to carry any Hazardous Material on their person. The following additional rules shall apply: 

• Transportation of small amounts of hazardous material by an individual for non-commercial purposes in a private Vehicle is allowed if not subject to Cape Verde Hazardous Material Regulations. 
• No flammable gas (e.g. acetylene, hydrogen, etc.) is permitted in any amount with exception of propane (see below). 
• No explosives other than legal fireworks and small arms ammunition in private automobiles (provided they are stored in tight containers), will be allowed. 
• Flammable liquids in bulk are not accepted for transportation. A Vehicle may carry up to two (2) closed approved fuel containers of up to six gallon capacity. 
• A Vehicle may carry up to two (2) sealed (closed) approved propane tanks up to 20 lbs. capacity each as long as CVFF’s staff is notified at time of boarding. 
• If propane is carried in conjunction with flammable liquid (above), Vehicle may carry no more than one (1) sealed (closed) approved propane tank of up to 20 lbs. capacity plus one closed approved fuel container of up to six gallon capacity. 
• Approved medical oxygen bottles for personal use are allowed, but no bulk oxygen transport is allowed. 
• Vehicles carrying “dry ice” (C02) as a refrigerant must declare same to Vessels’ Master so Vehicle can be positioned in a properly ventilated area. 
• Vehicles carrying fumigated products (e.g. fruits & vegetables) must prove there has been sufficient time to allow the fumigant to disperse (minimum of 24 hours.)

Misrepresentation, mislabeling, or mishandling of hazardous materials of any kind, explosives, corrosives or fuels by Customer may result in denial for service and removal and/or destruction of the Hazardous Material, and may further result in Customer being turned over to law enforcement officials for further action. CVFF reserves the right to assess Customer charges for penalties or fines that may be imposed upon the Company.

S. Limited Liability
CVFF shall not be liable in any capacity for any loss, damage, detention, delay, occurring during such time, arising from, caused by, or, in CVFF’s judgment, rendered necessary or advisable by reason of, any declared or undeclared war, act of God, perils, dangers and accidents of the sea or other navigable waters, force majeure, weather delay, act, neglect, or default of the Master, mariner, pilot or the servants of the carrier in the navigation or in the management of the ship, fire, latent defects not discoverable by due diligence, any other cause arising without the actual fault and privity of the carrier, hostilities, war-like operations, revolutions, sabotage, malicious acts, theft, embezzlement, pilferage, strikes, lockouts, work stoppages, slowdowns or labor disturbances or restraints of whatsoever nature, whether general or partial, and regardless of who are the promoters thereof, whether involving the officers or crew of the Vessel or others, or from any other risk or cause whatever, not included in the foregoing, and whether similar or dissimilar thereto, unless the party asserting the claim shall prove that such risk or cause was one within CVFF’s control and that the loss, damage, 
detention delay, non-delivery, miss-delivery, or conversion was due to CVFF’s negligence. 

Except as otherwise required by laws and/or regulations, CVFF shall not be liable for the loss of, or damage to Passenger’s Vehicle and/or the contents in Passenger’s Vehicle thereof.

Neither CVFF nor Agent shall not be liable for injury or damage caused by Customers or Customer’s Vehicle or caused by other Customer’s or other Customer’s Vehicles.

Customer shall defend, indemnify and hold CVFF and Agent harmless for injuries or damages arising out of Customer’s conduct or errors or omissions. 

In no event shall CVFF be liable for amounts greater than the loss actually sustained nor shall CVFF be liable for incidental or consequential damages arising from any cause whatsoever, even if CVFF has been advised of the possibility of same.

T. Right of Refusal
CVFF reserves the right to reject Vehicles that are in CVFF’s sole discretion, unacceptable for reasons related to health and safety, including, but not limited to Vehicles leaking any fluid, emitting any gas or fumes, or not clean and free of animal waste, pests, organic and plant waste, garbage or other waste materials.

Any Vehicle which has been deemed by CVFF to be in violation of the tariff, or any applicable laws or regulations, including but not limited to, carrying or attempting to transport any illegal or restricted pets, livestock, plants, flowers and crops, or in an unsafe, leaking, or non-running condition, will be denied boarding.