Ship classification in line with industry demand
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.
Database for researching class requirements
30.10.2013 The VDMA has set itself the goal of introducing transparency into the catalogue of requirements established by the classification societies and ensuring that its member companies can access the current rules.
New technology brings stricter limits for large combustion plants
18.09.2017 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.
CO2 reporting requirements for ships in European waters from 2018
18.09.2017 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.
IMO MEPC71: Taking small steps and making compromises to reduce environmental impact
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.
Uncertainty concerning the approval of combustion plants
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.
Germany applies for reclassification of SO2 on the list of hazardous substances
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.
Caution advised when using wireless communications – combustion engines affected by Radio Equipment Directive
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.
The revised standards for measurement procedures (ISO 8178-1) and test cycles (ISO 8178-4) are now available on the ISO website. However, work on the key ISO 8178 standards series continues. One key focus for the future is smoke measurements, which are becoming increasingly important in the shipping industry.
There have been no uniform standards for natural gas in Europe to date. And seeing as gas was generally supplied through pipelines from Russia and has a reliably high methane number and low sulphur content, uniform standards have so far not been a requirement either.
The VDMA coordinates and performs national, European and international standardisation activities for engines on behalf of the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN – Deutsches Institut für Normung).