Iumi addresses fire concerns in EV transport
The International Union of Marine Insurance (Iumi) has released recommendations for the safe transport of electric vehicles (EVs) in response to concerns about fires on car carriers and ro-ro vessels.
Research cited by Iumi suggests that EV fires are not inherently more dangerous or frequent than those in conventional vehicles. While vehicle fires are primarily fuelled by car body and interior parts, there's a potential for thermal runaway in EVs, making fire mitigation crucial.
Iumi highlights distinctions between ro-ro vessels and pure car and truck carriers, emphasising the need for early detection, advanced firefighting systems, and clear cargo acceptance policies.
The IMO will also assess fire safety measures for ships carrying new energy vehicles starting in March 2024. Iumi aims to contribute to improving safety requirements in response to the evolving landscape of alternative fuel vehicle transport. (pb)