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30 June 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 03:18 GMT+2

May 23, 2022

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EMSA has published a guide on the safety of the transport of vehicles powered by alternative fuels on board ships

The document will be updated as early as 2023

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has issued a guide for the safe transport of motor vehicles powered by alternative fuels on board of rotable cargo ships, both ro-pax and ro-ro. The document has been drawn up in view of the fact that this type of means is posing a source of serious concern for the safety of maritime transport even in view of the huge growth of the fleet of this typology of cars, the potential fire risks of these vehicles and the high uncertainty over the characteristics of the fires that can be developed from these means.

In particular, the EMSA highlighted the staggering increase in the number of registrations of these vehicles in the European Union that in the span of 2.5 years rose from nearly 9% to almost 38% of total registrations. A percentage growth that, among other things, also continued in the decline in auto sales that occurred in the second quarter of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The EMSA explained that the new guidance is based on the findings and experiences of recent research projects and scientific articles on this subject, scientific activity that is still ongoing, for example with the Lash Fire Project, and which will lead in 2023 to an update of the guide once these studies are completed.

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