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VIRSEC’s Lithium-Ion Battery Safety Awareness Course for Superyachts Approved by ABS

VIRSEC, an award winning UK e-learning company is proud to announce the launch of its American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) approved 'Lithium-Ion Battery Safety Awareness for Superyachts' course.

Designed by industry-leading experts, this course addresses the urgent need for specialised training in the handling, charging, storage, and fire safety of lithium-ion batteries, an area of increasing concern in the superyacht industry. VIRSEC's ABS approved course is specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of the superyacht community, including owners, managers, captains, staff, and crew. By adhering to safety standards and industry best practices, participants can demonstrate proactive risk management, potentially influencing insurance premiums favourably and mitigating impacts in claim situations.

Why is there a critical need for battery safety awareness for superyachts? 

A growing number of fires on board superyachts have been linked to lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in various onboard applications, such as personal watercraft, hydrofoils, e-bikes, communication devices, and auxiliary power sources. Their high energy density and efficiency make them a preferred choice, but they also come with significant safety risks if not properly handled.

These incidents can be catastrophic, leading to potential loss of life, severe property damage, and environmental hazards. Fires can result from improper charging, storage, and handling, underscoring the need for comprehensive safety training. Developed in collaboration with industry experts and Seascope France, VIRSEC’s fully online course educates yacht crew, officers, captains, and managers in lithium-ion technology, covering preventive measures, fire prevention, and emergency response.

The International Safety Management (ISM) Code and the Standards of Training, Certification, & Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention mandate that crew members be properly trained in the handling, and safety procedures of hazardous materials, including lithium-ion batteries. The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) MGN 681 specifically highlights the need for competent individuals to conduct charging operations involving lithium-ion batteries.

Insurance underwriters may look favourably upon vessels whose crews have undergone certified safety training, potentially leading to lower premiums. In the event of an incident, having documented training and safety protocols can also support insurance claims and mitigate financial losses.

Key benefits of the course:

  • Safety First: Prioritise the well-being of crew and vessel by instilling a deep understanding of lithium-ion technology and safety measures.

  • Compliance Assurance: Stay ahead of industry regulations and Standards by ensuring crew are knowledgeable in the safe usage and handling of lithium-ion batteries.

  • Operational Efficiency: Equip crew to troubleshoot and resolve lithium-ion battery issues promptly, minimising downtime and optimizing vessel performance.

  • Risk Mitigation: Foster a proactive safety culture by identifying and addressing potential hazards associated with lithium-ion batteries.

  • Customised Superyacht Training: Tailored to maritime professional’s onboard Superyachts, providing practical insights and real-world scenarios for impactful learning.

VIRSEC's e-learning solutions are internationally recognised for their quality, consistency, cost-effectiveness, and time efficiency, providing a greener alternative for delivering training to crew and staff. 

For more information, please contact Sheldon Kaye, Global Business Development Manager VIRSEC, or visit the website


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