ABS updates rules on RoRo vessels in response to fires


Posted on March 16, 2022 6:18 PM by

The Maritime Executive

[By: ABS]

Following recent fire incidents on RoRo vessels carrying vehicles, ABS has responded to industry concerns with an update to its rules regarding electric vehicles on board.

The culmination of more than a year of working with industry-leading expertise, including RoRo operators, ABS has introduced new requirements to its maritime vessel rules. These requirements include additional fire detection, alarms and firefighting equipment as well as provisions associated with vehicle charging.

ABS is the first classification body to adapt its rules to take into account the specific challenges posed by the increase in the volumes of battery-powered vehicles transported by sea.

“While recent incidents have not affected ABS-rated vessels, the nature of the vehicles carried on all RoRo vessels is changing, introducing new challenges for the entire industry and we are committed to addressing these challenges. By updating our rules in response to the evolving risks posed by battery electric vehicles and the particular challenges these types of vehicles create for car transporters, 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 new updated rules build on ABS’s industry-leading experience in container ship cargo hold safety and fire-fighting systems, as well as localizing a series of publicized fires on board. The ABS Guide for Fire Fighting Systems in Container Ship Cargo Areas was the industry’s first guide to addressing this issue.

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