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Belgium-Brussels: Safe transport of lithium batteries by aircraft
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/index_en.htm
Section II: Object
Safe transport of lithium batteries by aircraft.
Lithium batteries may have been the cause, or contributed to, uncontrolled fires that led to the loss of several cargo aircraft since last decade. This has prompted EASA, FAA and ICAO to take initiatives to lift this uncertainty and to prevent further incident or accident. This study will assess the potential mitigating measures that can be used to enhance safety when transporting lithium metal and lithium ion batteries on board an aircraft (in cargo bays). Potential risks associated with the latter will be identified, the effectiveness of the different measures assessed and eventually fed to a risk assessment method that shall enable operators to establish and evaluate safe conditions for air transport.
Works shall be performed on the contractor's premises, with exception of data collection and coordination meetings that will depend from specific decisions taken within the remit of the contract.
A full ban on the transport of lithium ion batteries may have significant economic repercussions in Europe, among others. Some States think that the ban could lead to an increase in the incompliances, through more undeclared shipments. Alternatives for the ban should therefore be investigated, notably through the development of reasonable mitigating measures allowing for the safe transport of lithium batteries. Such measures could comprise conditions for transport or standards for packaging that could prevent propagation of fire from battery to battery or cell to cell. Limits as to the numbers of cells and batteries allowed in consignments need also to be researched.
Taking into account their economic relevance, finding measures to safely transport lithium batteries by air would, thus preventing accidents and potentially decreasing the amount of undeclared shipments.
This tender is a contribution to develop standard testing for proposed solutions and to heighten the leverage of Europe in promoting them at the relevant European and international levels — such as EASA and ICAO.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
See tender specifications.
Section IV: Procedure
rue Demot 28, 1049 Brussels, BELGIUM.
Tenderers may attend the opening process but cannot be represented by more than 1 person. At the end of the opening session, the chairperson of the opening committee will indicate the names of the tenderers and decision concerning the admissibility of each offer received. The price mentioned in the bid will not be communicated.
Section VI: Complementary information