Key equipment

Apart from the previously mentioned construction requirements, a battery room onboard should be equipped with the following additional safety measures:

  1. An eye wash station should be installed in the battery room for immediate access in case of acid contact with the eyes.

  2. Portable dry powder fire extinguishers or CO2 fire extinguishers of at least 5 kg capacity must be placed near the battery room. These fire extinguishers should be inspected, tested and maintained regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  3. Personal protection equipment (PPE) must be provided and used when testing and handling batteries. This includes face shields or eyeglasses, chemical handling gloves, chemical-resistant shoes or boots, and a suitable apron. PPE must be stored away from the batteries to avoid any possible contamination from battery acid.

  4. A “No Smoking/No Flame/No naked light” sign must be posted outside the door of the battery room to avoid any potential sources of ignition.

  5. An electric resistance floor must be installed in the battery room to prevent the accumulation of static electricity and reduce the risk of electric shock.

  6. A battery log must be maintained to record all checks, inspections, and maintenance of the batteries. This log must be inspected at regular intervals, as required by the Safety Management System and the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

Battery Log on ship

 

By implementing these additional safety measures, the battery room can be made even safer for crew members and the vessel itself.

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