Norwegian ferry company bans the transport of electric vehicles on its ships

Norwegian ferry company bans the transport of electric vehicles on its ships
Norwegian ferry company bans the transport of electric vehicles on its ships

form batteries Li-Ion In electric vehicles there is a high risk of fire, which was further emphasized after the sinking of the freighter Felicity Ace about a year ago.

After conducting a safety assessment regarding fire hazards, Norwegian Ferries decided to ban all but one vehicles ICE from its ships.

Statistics tell us that electric cars catch fire from time to time, although these fires are much less common than people imagine.

Electric vehicle fires are less frequent than those affecting snowmobiles. However, electric car fires pose a greater risk because they are much more difficult to put out.

It also contains batteries Li-Ion They contain highly flammable electrolytes, and chemical reactions during runaway thermal events generate oxygen.

This is why putting out a battery fire Li-Ion It requires special firefighting techniques and huge amounts of water.

The combination of highly flammable chemicals and oxygen also makes batteries Li-Ion They burn at much higher temperatures than bonfires ICE.

This is a challenge for shipping companies because high-temperature fires can disable a ship.

In February 2022, the cargo ship sank Felicity Ace which is carrying 4,000 vehicles, including electric cars, after a fire on board the ship was essentially gutted.

It is not clear what caused the fire, but the hundreds of electric vehicles on board made it impossible to put out. She burned until there was nothing left to burn, at which point the ship's hull had swayed too much to stay afloat.


In the aftermath of the disaster, there were heated debates about changes to the shipping industry.


Some have even hinted at banning electric vehicles from charging, with many companies considering taking such a drastic step. In the latest development, Norwegian Ferries has banned Havila Krystruten electrified vehicles from its ships. These include not only electric vehicles, but also hybrids and fuel cells.

Before jumping to conclusions, run Havila Krystruten A coastal route is cruises, most of which are geared towards tourists. The journey between Bergen and Kirkenes takes 12 days, while a direct road trip takes about 28 hours.

The ban on electric vehicles applies to vehicles carried on the four-passenger ships, not just for the transport of goods. This will likely not affect electric vehicle transmission in a country that is betting everything on electric vehicles.

The reason for the ban was that the company's ships did not have the capacity to put out battery fires Li-Ion Because of its faster and hotter combustion.

Company CEO Bent Martini told L.L.C TradeWinds: "A potential fire in electric, hybrid or hydrogen vehicles would require outside rescue efforts and could endanger people on board and vessels."

“We take security very seriously, which is of course a risk that we are not willing to take under any circumstances.”

The irony is that the four ships that work out Havila Krystruten They are all electrified and carry the largest battery packs ever installed on any passenger ship.

However, the company claims that the batteries are installed in isolated, fireproof rooms with specific fire protection systems in accordance with current requirements for fire safety on ships.



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