Electric vehicles on passenger RoRo ferries

Steamship Mutual has encouraged members operating RoRo ferries or other vessels that may carry electric vehicles to share with their fleet a recently released UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Marine Guidance Note MGN 653(M) Electric vehicles onboard passenger roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ferries.

The guidance note from MCA is intended to raise awareness of the risks and mitigations for the carriage of electric vehicles on board passenger RoRos.

Guidance is provided on fire detection and firefighting measures for electric vehicles onboard, the carriage of electric vehicles other than cars, carriage of damaged electric vehicles and advice on the charging of electric vehicles onboard.

Steamship Mutual noted that there were currently no requirements from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) specific to the carriage of electric vehicles on passenger or cargo ro-ro vessels. This guidance is provided in advance of any potential future regulation which may be developed at the IMO, which the UK would be engaged with.