1st International symposium on fire in electric storage at sea



Tuesday, May 23, the Icelandic Transport Authority will hold a symposium on the danger, consequences and response to electrical fires on board ships. The preparation has been in collaboration with, among others The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), Eimskip, DNV, the Fire Brigade of the Capital Region, the Fire Brigade of Vestmannaeyjar, ICESAR, the Housing and Infrastructure Administration, the Icelandic Coast Guard, Smyril Line and a number of other entities in Iceland.

The trigger for the symposium is the fire hazard challenges that have appeared with the introduction of new energy sources in vehicles. The purpose is dialogue and cooperation on ways and solutions to ensure safety on board.


The symposium on electrical storage at sea will be held at the Grand Hotel in Reykjavík and simultaneously streamed on the web.

Information and registration

Information and registration on: www.icetra.is/electricalfires

Symposium Agenda

12.30 Opening remarks; Halldór Zoega, ICETRA

12.40 Norway's experience with lithium-ion fires and what we learned from them –Kurt Tofte Rusas Bergen fire department Norway

13:40 Presentation on Smyril line 2023 response to the growing number of electric vehicles and uncharted fire hazards.

14:10 Changes in rules on battery safety based on recent incidents, -Lars Laanke, Product Responsible Systems & Components DNV- On Teams

15.00 Coffee break

15:20 Battery fires and the science behind them, Per Ola Malmquist former battalion chief from Helsingborg Fire Brigade- On Teams

16:00 Battery fires from an Administration's point of view, Sifis Papageorgiou Norwegian Maritime Authority

16:45 Incidents in Energy Storage Systems, Kurt Vollmacher Independent Expert New Energies-On Teams

17:20 EMSA Work on the topic and discussions about the next steps. Mr Lanfranco Benedetti, Project Officer for Ship Safety in Unit Safety, EMSA Department Safety, Security and Surveillance-On Teams

17:50 Then content summarized, what did we learn from the presentations today? Aron Freyr Jóhannesson, Legal Adviser ICETRA

18:00 Closing remarks