EMSA is coordinating a working group charged with the development of a set of guidelines on the carriage of alternative fueled vehicles (AFV) on board ro-ro ships.
or this reason, EMSA coordinated its actions with RISE, the Swedish institute coordinating the EU-funded project LASHFIRE, which is a holistic study on fire safety of ro-ro spaces.
The collaboration was an opportunity to share knowledge in preparation for the development of the guidelines. More than 20 experts participated and heard from RISE of their main findings in relation to AFV, with a particular focus on electrical and gaspowered vehicles.
What is more, several efficient and non-efficient firefighting techniques were presented together with videos of actual tests and their results.
An important part of the RISE presentation was dedicated to batteries and the associated parameters, including fire detection, suppression and extinguishment efforts.
In addition, the implications of the thermal runaway phenomenon and the ventilation effect were presented and discussed with the group.
The session was a very positive step towards the development of the guidelines