Sales of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs), like electric cars and plug-in hybrids, are increasing rapidly in the EU. This means that both passenger and cargo ships will need to transport more and more of these types of vehicles. This is why the European Commission tasked the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to initiate a working group in 2021 to elaborate standards for the carriage of these vehicles both on ferries and on PCTC ships. The ‘EMSA guidance for AFVs in Ro-Ro spaces’ was published at the end of May 2022.
ECG was an active member of this working group, besides many other interested parties including shipping lines, national safety organisations and, representing the OEMs, VW Group.
The work in this dedicated group will feed into the revision of the International Convention of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) at the level of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This will be done not earlier than 2028 according to ECG’s information sources, that is why a European regional document has been issued on the carriage of Alternative Fuel Vehicles before the international revision can take place.