Britannia P&I Club Shares Safety Guidelines For Lithium-Ion Battery Transport In Shipping


  • The Britannia P&I Club addresses the critical considerations and precautions needed for the safe transportation of Lithium-Ion Batteries in the shipping industry.
  • Highlighting the batteries’ association with fire risks, the article emphasizes risk assessment, loading and securing procedures, and emergency training to ensure the secure carriage of these energy storage units.

Risk Assessment and Guidelines:

Lithium-Ion Batteries, integral to the global sustainability shift, pose unique challenges related to fire risks. The shipping industry, as outlined by Britannia P&I Club’s “Risk Watch,” stresses the importance of a comprehensive risk assessment. Shippers must provide detailed transport guidelines covering handling plans, lashing requirements, and emergency protocols. Shipowners are urged to assess carriage considerations, cargo care, and stowage based on this information and statutory requirements.

Loading and Securing Procedures

The loading and securing process for Lithium-Ion Batteries demands meticulous attention and planning due to potential risks and the high value of these energy storage units. Shipowners are advised to appoint competent surveyors or supercargoes during loading operations to ensure proper execution of stowage, loading, and securing procedures. Considerations include crane and lifting gear maintenance, adherence to lifting plans, securing in alignment with Cargo Securing Manual, and verification of cargo weight limits.

Emergency Training and Documentation

Crews must undergo specific training on Lithium-Ion battery fire risks, as traditional firefighting training may not cover these aspects. Compliance with the IMDG code’s Emergency Schedule and Medical First Aid Guide is crucial. The ship’s fixed firefighting system should be deployed effectively in case of a fire. The article highlights the need for thorough documentation, including weather forecasts, loading reports, stability calculations, and crew inspection records, to preserve evidence in case of a claim.

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Source: Safety4sea