Are you interested in how to adapt to the new world of electric propulsion?

Published on: 19 January 2023

Round Britain Electric Rib

The Round Britain eRIB project intends to help drive the development of the eMarine sector for small leisure and commercial craft. With support from key industry stakeholders we are planning an attempt to circumnavigate Great Britain in summer 2023, in an electric RIB.

We are now looking for an insurance partner, both for event insurance and potentially as an official sponsor. The visible engagement of the Insurance sector in this Challenge will demonstrate the willingness of the sector in understanding the implications of new technologies and will help build public confidence in a safe and financially viable transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future.  

We look forward to hearing from you and would ask you to consider the following points:

  1. Lithium-ion battery fires on vessels are a different risk. We are working with a specialist battery manufacturer who has a significant focus on battery safety, and we plan to use a specialist fire extinguisher per their recommendation.
  2. Battery management systems on vessels are generally accessed through the mobile network. We will be working with a firm which is developing a satellite based remote monitoring system such that fleet battery health and other key systems can be monitored remotely. This could enable vessel battery health to be monitored all over the world.
  3. Battery overheating while charging, is another key challenge and we will be charging via a wide range of accessories and scenarios. We will be able to log issues experienced during charging, enabling knowledge build within the industry.
  4. We will be running consecutively for perhaps up to 3-4 weeks, with continual charge and discharge cycles. This level of usage will enable the industry to develop knowledge about degradation in battery performance and any increased risks associated with this.
  5. We are working with a partner to develop a modular based battery system to support the vessel and enable charging from the ground support vehicle. 

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