RINA completed the analysis of Standards, Rules and Regulations applicable to the electrification and hybridization of waterborne transport. The overview of the certification schemes by Classification Societies is aimed at leveraging innovative solutions creating value for industry and regulators.
RINA showcased all essential aspects – regulatory and technological, in ship design and operation – as a baseline to integrate hybrid and full electric systems on new and existing ships. RINA focused the regulatory framework, certification criteria, marine classification provisions, industrial standards, testing and quality control applicable to battery systems.
Deliverable D1.3”Standardisations and Regulations” issued in July 2023, is a guidance on the current regulatory framework and its applications. D1.3 encompass all engineering phases – concept design, testing, validation and integration onboard – for the benefit of manufacturers, designers, shipyards and shipowners.
This guidance will support the design of the FLEXSHIP prototypes. Project partners will progressively collect the lessons learnt in the project and from the Demo ships, suggesting improved standards and policies, filling regulatory gaps and removing barriers for market uptake of hybrid and full electric vessels.
The added value of these activities will be a safe and seamless integration of efficient battery systems on board. Solutions will be extrapolated from case-by-case into a general strategy to reduce the environmental impact of waterborne transport. CAPEX, OPEX and ROI evaluation for each specific vessel will supplement the technical assessment of the new technologies, helping all industrial stakeholders to properly address new ship designs, or retrofit in a sustainable way the existing fleet.
FLEXSHIP received funding from EU Horizon Europe research and innovation program under Grant Agreement no. 101095863.