IMO: ​Draft Interim Guidelines For Ships Using Fuel Cells Agreed By Sub-Committee

Draft interim guidelines aimed at providing provide international standard provisions for ships using fuel cell power installations have been agreed by IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 7).

The draft interim guidelines cover issues including fire systems and gas/vapour detection. The guidelines and are intended to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electrical and/or thermal energy through the use of fuel cell technology.

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The development of these interim guidelines for safety of ships using fuel cells is part of the important work being carried out by the Sub-Committee in the context of shipping’s need for new fuels and propulsion systems to meet decarbonisation ambitions set out in the Initial IMO GHG Strategy.

Read more about the Sub-Committee’s work on low-flashpoint fuels and other matters in the summary here: CCC 7.


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