Lithium-ion Battery Safety Awareness Course Featured in Marine Industry News
The online publication gives an insight into Seascope’s new course and touches upon a sensitive issue of insurance stating that “insurance underwriters may reject claims about fires involving lithium-ion batteries, particularly when improper charging, handling, or storage is suspected”.
Early December 2024, Seascope France partnered up with VirSec to launch its new online Lithium-ion Battery Safety Awareness on Superyachts course which spans preventive measures, fire prevention, and emergency response, providing a comprehensive understanding of the hazards associated with lithium-ion batteries. Given the increasing incidence of marine fires linked to lithium-ion batteries, the course is seen as a crucial step in raising awareness and preparing the maritime and superyacht industry for associated risks and responsibilities.
Highlighting an important industry concern, Marine Industry News publication notes that insurance underwriters may reject claims related to fires involving lithium-ion batteries, especially when improper charging, handling, or storage is suspected. The course provides a response to this by aiming to reassure boat owners by ensuring that crew members are well-trained in preventing and responding to battery-related emergencies. This move aligns with a previous advisory from MIN in June 2022, urging boat owners to review their insurance policies and consult with brokers, particularly if considering retrofitting lithium-ion-powered engines.