Maritime Loss Prevention: Lithium-ion batteries on vessels


( Lithium-ion batteries are starting to become common on commercial vessels either as part of an electric propulsion system or as a replacement to conventional battery technology. This guidance contains advice for operators, marine surveyors, design approvers and naval architects about the risks of using lithium-ion batteries and how to address them.

1. Swapping conventional  batteries with Li-ion batteries

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This guidance highlights the importance of managing the health and safety risks of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries when they are used to replace conventional lead-acid batteries on non-SOLAS commercial vessels not originally designed for them.

2. Guidance for Electric propelled vessels

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This quick guide provides a general overview of actions that surveyors, designers, and operators can do to minimise risks arising from vessels propelled by a Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery system.


Source: Maritime NZ






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