In shipbuilding, classification societies use their own technical rules and regulations as the basis for assessing whether the ship and its technical equipment, such as the engines and their components, are suitably safe. In addition, the classification societies are responsible for regularly monitoring the state of preservation of the ship and its equipment and assess compliance with emission limit values on behalf of flag states, for example.
The regulations underpinning the assessments performed by the classification societies reveal certain differences that cause problems for the engine manufacturers and their suppliers. For this reason, we foster dialogue with the most important classification societies. The primary aim is quality-based classification in combination with feasible processes while taking the manufacturer’s own quality systems into account. In working groups together with classification societies as well as in the implementation of the EU class regulation, the VDMA urges the use of procedures in line with industry demand to demonstrate the required quality of the engines and components at the lowest possible cost and avoid multiple certifications.
In shipbuilding, classification societies use their own technical rules and regulations as the basis for assessing whether the ship and its technical equipment, such as the engines and their components, are suitably safe.
The EU has officially presented its system for the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from shipping. From 1 January 2018, ships with a gross tonnage of more than 5,000 must report their CO2 emissions to the EU Commission in order to be allowed to enter European ports.
The key focus points of the 71st session of the MEPC were greenhouse gas emissions, ballast water and the implementation of the global sulphur limit values in fuels. While the North Sea and Baltic Sea have now finally been designated as emission control areas for nitrogen oxide, slow progress is being made in other areas.