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Excellent for people transiting through! Or killing time before the sailing after driving down...

Not sure if any locals will find a legitimate use for them though;-)

Amendment: Or after discovering a flat battery when your alarm has been keeping everyone on deck 5 awake all the way back from Spain :)

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Does anyone know if BF ships currently have facilities to charge electric vehicles, or whether this facility will be available on the new builds? With plans to phase out production of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 (earlier in Scotland), this could become an attractive and popular option. 

 

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16 hours ago, Tregastel said:

Does anyone know if BF ships currently have facilities to charge electric vehicles, or whether this facility will be available on the new builds? With plans to phase out production of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 (earlier in Scotland), this could become an attractive and popular option. 

 

They don't and there won't be anytime soon. There have been numerous fires involving them and the MCA consider them a fire risk.

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50 minutes ago, scarlton said:

They don't and there won't be anytime soon. There have been numerous fires involving them and the MCA consider them a fire risk.

How do they manage to plug in refrigerated trailer units? I don’t think I’ve heard of any fires onboard a ship or that charging cars represents a fire risk anymore than any other plug in vehicle onboard like a trailer.

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32 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Norman Atlantic is probably a good illustration of the dangers of that.

That’s an illustration of how high safety standards have to be complied with, what Norman Atlantic illustrated was how high the safety standards of companies are or we would be having fires on a weekly basis with the amount of trailers plugged in.

“The ship was Italian-managed. The probe found that at a second stop, at Igoumenitsa, trucks were loaded haphazardly on the car deck and refrigerated trucks were plugged into the central circuit by a junior trainee instead of the ship’s chief electrician although no reason was cited.”

https://www.thenationalherald.com/150211/human-error-blamed-fatal-norman-alantic-ferry-fire/

 

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They all have the capacity to power refrigeration plus I'd say that if domestic vehicle charging was a risk there wouldn't be a domestic facility and or it would increase your house and vehicle insurance. The new power packs used in cars are very safe and don't reach anywhere near the charging temperatures of older units.

Irish Ferries fitted free car charging points aboard Ulysses and Oscar Wilde back in June 2011.

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