Regulatory gaps and risk assessment models

This deliverable aims to shed light on the critical safety challenges and regulatory gaps associated with transporting large-scale liquid hydrogen while providing risk assessment approaches targeted to Class AiP approval.

The initial phase involves a comprehensive analysis of hydrogen in its liquid form, delving deep into its inherent characteristics and the potential hazards. Through this examination, an understanding of the unique risks associated with handling liquid hydrogen is established, laying the groundwork for subsequent safety measures.

Secondly, the deliverable includes a rigorous comparative study of the existing safety regulations governing the transportation of hazardous liquids, encompassing prominent guidelines such as the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code), and classification rules from reputable bodies, ABS, BV, DNV, KR, LR, and NK. Extracting key insights from these regulations not only informs the design and implementation of LH2 Cargo Containment Systems and Handling and Monitoring Systems but also ensures that the best practices in safety compliance are embedded in the operational framework.

Lastly, sophisticated risk assessment models that serve as invaluable tools for evaluating the safety of these systems are introduced. By employing these models, a robust mechanism is established for conducting thorough safety evaluations, ultimately culminating in the attainment of Approval in Principle—an essential milestone that underscores the adherence to stringent safety standards in the transportation of liquid hydrogen. This holistic approach to addressing safety challenges in the domain of large-scale liquid hydrogen transport signifies a pivotal step towards enhancing the safety and regulatory landscape within the industry.

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