Transportation of Alternative Fuelled Vehicles (AFV)

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Emission targets apply not only to maritime transport but also to other transport modes. Land transport, notably trucks and cars, will have to steadily evolve as well. This means that, at an increasing rate, both passenger and cargo ships will need to carry AFV onboard and they will have to be adapted to the associated emerging safety challenges.

This topic has become a serious safety concern given the enormous growth o the number of alternative fuelled vehicles (AFV), particularly electric and hybrid-electric, combined with the high uncertainty of the characteristics and potential fire risks of these vehicles.

Moving towards sustainable transport also means that the transportation of AFVs onboard ships is performed at a high safety standard, mitigating risks to the crew, the ship and the environment.

The EMSA Guidance on the Carriage of AFVs in Ro-Ro Spaces was developed with the support of a group of experts from the European Commission, EU Member States and the industry. The Guidance is intended to assist relevant authorities and stakeholders in ensuring that the carriage of alternatively fuelled vehicles onboard ships is conducted safely and with due regard for protection of the environment. It can be applied to new and existing ships.

The Guidance might be updated in the mid-term according to the experience gathered and/or should new relevant input from studies or stakeholders be available. EMSA would welcome any report/comment coming from either studies or the experience in applying this Guidance.

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