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Blue battery

As battery systems on vessels are still a relatively new technology, this project addresses a current relevant problem that supports the technological development in the maritime industry. The project's contribution and results are expected to be innovative and unique, since battery systems on vessels have not previously been investigated with this focus on fire safety.

The aim of the project is to improve fire safety in battery systems at sea. This is achieved by investigating previous fires in battery systems and as recommendations for future use of maritime battery systems, including:

  • Achieving an overview of risk areas, based on analysis of fires on vessels with battery systems.
  • Identifying defects in relevant existing fire protection regulations and guidelines, and proposing new initiatives.
  • Attracting the attention of national and international operators to the safety risks related to battery systems, and making recommendations for how these can be handled.

This project investigates and analyses safety issues concerning batteries from several angles, which are historical battery-related fires, technical conditions and relevant operators' standpoints. This will create a holistic and more nuanced understanding of risks related to battery systems in a maritime context. The project results will contribute increased fire safety to the Danish maritime industry, as well as guidelines for the correct use and installation of battery systems. The Danish Maritime Authority and the Accident Investigation Board Denmark will monitor the project as sparring partners, and also conduct interviews with other relevant operators within this area. The project results will contribute to the future development of guidelines that may influence the Danish maritime sector. The project is supported by the Danish Maritime Fund.

Project report:

New fire strategies in the wake of Umoe Ventus The project ran from: 1 April to 22 december 2017

Project Lead
Carsten Møller
Research and Innovation Consultant