The significant uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) is not without risk. This is particularly true during shipping because of the potential fire hazards posed by lithium-ion batteries and the fact that EVs are not classified as dangerous goods on roll-on/roll-off vessels.

Given the high value of damages associated with shipping fires, and the complexities of liability and causation, it seems more needs to be done to manage the risks associated with shipping EVs.

W+K marine and transport specialists Naraya Lamart, Aisha Lala and Melissa Tang look at implications of this significant risk for shipowners, carriers, cargo interests and their insurers.

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