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Transport Malta Information Notice 45 Lithium-ion Battery Fires On Board Vessels

By September 13, 2022 No Comments


Transport Malta has published Information Notice 45 which is a notice to Shipowners, Ship Operators, Managers, Masters, Owners’ Representatives and Recognised Organisations.

The Directorate would like to draw the attention of all concerned to the MSIU safety alert 01/2022.
This safety alert highlights the potential fire hazards associated with Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells and
batteries.

lithium-ion batteries can be flammable
Lithium-Ion Batteries can be highly flammable

The Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) has been notified of several fires on board yachts and cargo vessels associated with Li-ion batteries, to which various investigation reports were published. Therefore,
attention is also drawn to the following investigation reports 16/2019, 21/2021 and 13/2022.

To this effect, owners, and managers of Maltese registered vessels, must ensure that procurement of Li-ion batteries intended for vessel’s use includes safety and technical data on:

• Protection, handling, safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal
• Fault/failure detection and required actions;
• And suppressing, extinguishing and post-fire management.

All concerned are strongly recommended to bring this Notice and the safety alert report to the attention of all crew serving onboard Maltese registered vessels and follow the recommendations contained therein.

The full notice can be seen on the Transport Malta website here:

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