From 18 September 2016, the new Marine Equipment Directive 2014/90/EU will be applied, with the old Directive being repealed. The new Directive encompasses some key changes that will impact manufacturers of marine equipment.
TÜV SÜD Product Service has been active in the marine sector for over 20 years, supporting customers from across our global network with their test and certification requirements.
Our UKAS accreditation enables us to perform type approval work on a wide range of equipment operating across VHF, MH/HF, AIS, 406 MHz, 243 MHz and 121.5 MHz frequencies. We also undertake many other regulatory tests, addressing the various EU Directives, such as the Marine and Radio Equipment Directives, as well as international body requirements, such as ISED Canada, Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) and the Federal Communications Commission.
Unique beacon capability
TÜV SÜD specialises in marine radio and beacon testing, and is one of only four laboratories in the world authorised to perform search and rescue beacon testing on behalf of Cospas-Sarsat.
We have particular expertise in 406MHz beacons using the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system, including:
- Emergency locator transmitter (ELTs) for aviation use.
- Emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) for marine use.
- Personal locator beacons (PLBs).
These different types of 406 MHz beacon operate under the international distress alert and location system that uses satellites to detect and locate the signals of distress beacons.
We are also able to undertake testing on a wide range of other marine telecommunications equipment including:
- Search and Rescue Transponders
- AIS MOB / MSLD DEVICES
- CLASS A AIS
- CLASS B AIS
On track with AIS
Our team’s specialises in type testing for Automatic Identification System (AIS) manufacturers across the world. These tests ensure that the product is able to communicate with any other AIS equipment, as well as integrate with other marine equipment such as communications and navigation systems.
AIS products are split in to two different classes:
- Class A products - for ships over 300 tonnes, or which are SOLAS vessels and are required to meet the guidelines set out in the Marine Equipment Directive.
- Class B products - for non-SOLAS vessels which require testing and certification under the Radio Equipment Directive for the European Union, as well as FCC and Industry Canada certification for North America.
The comprehensively equipped testing laboratory is able to conduct all testing required under IEC61993-2 (Class A), IEC62287-1 (Class B), IEC62320-2 (A to N) etc. As TÜV SÜD is the UK's leading Environmental, Radio Frequency, EMC and Safety testing laboratory, this means that all your testing requirements can be completed under one roof, to minimise testing time and optimise time to market for new products. If the Class B device is for sale in the USA and/or Canada, we can provide a test and certification service for both countries.
All under one roof
Our wide range of testing expertise means that we can deliver test services that go broader than beacons and AIS - delivering a complete marine testing service for the entire spectrum of related regulations and standards, including:
- Radio Communications Testing - supporting our customers to achieve international radio equipment standard compliance for the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan from a single source.
- Environmental Testing – so that our customers can prove that their equipment has the build quality to remain operational, even in the most extreme sea conditions.
- EMC Testing – to ensure that electromagnetic disturbances do not interfere with a product’s functionality and that our customers comply with the entry requirements of their target market, keeping time to market to a minimum and avoiding costly product recalls.
Faster time to market
Our close relationship with TÜV SÜD BABT, one of the world’s leading radio and telecommunications certification bodies, means that you only have to deal will a single point of contact from our team. Consequently, the smooth and speedy testing and certification process enables you to achieve faster time to market, cost effective testing and certification, as well as a lower management overheads and less hassle.
Jean-Louis Evans, Managing Director of TÜV SÜD Product Service, explains: “While we are test and certification experts, we also completely understand the competitive pressures that our customers face. Our ability to provide in-depth knowledge of what must be done to ensure that products comply, coupled with our innate understanding of business needs in the real world, means that we are able to help our customers minimise the gap between developing and launching a new product.”
Marine Equipment Directive
TÜV SÜD BABT is the certification body for TÜV SÜD Product Service, and is a Notified Body under the Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC (MED), regulated by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency. It is therefore able to carry out conformity assessment procedures for Modules B, D, E, F and G.
- TÜV SÜD BABT’s Notified Body scope includes:
- Annex A.1/1 (Life-saving appliances)
- Annex A.1/4 (Navigation Equipment)
- Annex A.1/5 (Radio-communication Equipment)
- Annex A.1/6 (Equipment required under COLREG72)
A successful certification assessment from TÜV SÜD BABT will result in your products gaining the Marine Equipment Directive Wheel Mark.
Jean-Louis continues: “The Marine Equipment Directive covers a wide range of products relating to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), from lifejackets to pyrotechnics and radio beacons. Under the regulation, manufacturers of such equipment cannot self-declare that their products are compliant. Instead, they must gain independent certification from an EU Notified body, such as TÜV SÜD BABT, before their products can display the Wheel Mark.
“Our customers tell us that we take a real partnership approach when working with them and that our teams are an excellent resource for them. We strive to deliver genuine strategic value to them, helping them to continue to deliver a competitive advantage,” concludes Jean-Louis.