In the wake of recent incidents of ro-ros and ropaxes carrying vehicles catching fire, ABS has updated its rules addressing electric vehicles on board ship.
The culmination of more than a year’s work with industry expertise, including ro-ro operators, ABS has introduced new requirements within its Marine Vessel Rules.
These include supplemental fire detection, alarms, and firefighting equipment, as well as provisions associated with vehicle recharging.
ABS claimed to be the first class society to adapt its rules to account for the specific challenges presented by increasing volumes of battery-operated vehicles transported by sea.
“Although recent incidents have not affected ABS-classed vessels, the nature of the vehicles carried on all ro-ro vessels is changing, introducing fresh challenges for the entire industry and we are committed to meeting these challenges.
“By updating our rules in response to the evolving risk presented by battery-powered electric vehicles and the particular issues these types of vehicles create for car carriers, we are advancing the cause of safety at sea and continuing our 160-year-old mission,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.
The updated rules build on ABS’ experience in addressing firefighting and safety systems of containership cargo holds and also the location of a series of high-profile fires on board, the class society said.