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What is Classification?
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.
Germany has made a suggestion to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) about the reclassification of sulphur dioxide in accordance with the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation). This may have an effect on European and national law, as well as on limit values.
Large combustion plants: Poland and the European Association for Coal and Lignite (EURACOAL) take legal action against the European Commission. Medium combustion plants: Transposition of EU directive into German law still pending.
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 limits for large combustion plants in the EU are linked to the best available technology (BAT). The Official Journal of the EU has now published an implementation decision envisaging a tightening of the limits that the Member States are required to implement in national law by 2021.
Der VDMA hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, Transparenz in die Anforderungskataloge der Klassifikationsgesellschaften zu bringen und für seine Mitgliedsunternehmen den Zugriff auf die aktuellen "Rules" sicherzustellen.
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.
Does your engine or engine system communicate wirelessly with the driver's cab or a control centre? Then you may now be affected by the Radio Equipment Directive. This means that the Declaration of Conformity procedure will involve a considerable amount of extra work.
There is uncertainty concerning the approval of engine-driven power stations and other combustion plants. In some cases, authorities, consultants and manufacturers of exhaust gas cleaning systems have been using draft versions of the upcoming Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control and limits expected in a new Federal Immission Control Act for approval purposes. The VDMA and German Federal Ministry for the Environment agree that this is not permissible.
The adoption of the EU best available technologies reference document for large combustion plants will introduce stricter limits. As well as more stringent limits for nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, there will now be regulations for other pollutants, too.
The new Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control are due to be adopted in the near future. However, key limits for combustion engine systems will be tightened in an upcoming Federal Immission Control Act. Here, you can find out more about the current status of the legislation and which engine systems are affected.
The fully revised “Emissions legislation for diesel and gas engines” is now available in printed form and as a PDF file. The brochure contains a clear and concise overview of the most important legislation and limits on emissions from diesel and gas engines in ships and boats, stationary power plants, mobile machinery and trains.