In the coming years, the number of alternative vehicles will increase significantly. A correspondingly higher number of these cars will therefore also be transported by ferries. As a result, the risk of accidents on the high seas associated with the (most commonly) used Li-ion batteries in the vehicles transported is also growing. On ferries, however, in contrast to regular road traffic, conditions are extremely narrow. Even minor accidents can quickly lead to catastrophes if they are not counteracted quickly, appropriately and purposefully.
The ALBERO project was launched in order to be prepared in advance for possible dangers. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and combines research and science as well as the industry of RORO (Roll on/Roll off) shipping under a network of equal interests and goals.
The main objective of the ALBERO project is the safe integration of alternative vehicles into ferry traffic. Alternative powered vehicles are to be understood as electric vehicles as well as gas-powered cars, trucks or buses. The project will develop measures for the safe transport of these vehicles as well as options for charging electric vehicles. These can only be implemented in daily ship operation if they are known to all participants, if the staff is prepared accordingly and is regularly trained. The qualification of maritime personnel with regard to the transport of alternatively operated vehicles on RORO ferries is therefore of major importance, too.
Extover as fire extinguishing agent for difficult to control metal fires and lithium battery fires is generally suitable for this application. It is currently being put through its paces by the ALBERO project.
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