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.
Mobile machinery: draft China IV legislation published
15.05.2018 The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has published a new draft of the future emissions level China IV entitled “Emission control technical requirements of non-road mobile machinery and diesel engine”
Draft bill published for the “Engine directive”
15.05.2018 Around 18 months ago, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment resolved to regulate the material requirements for medium-sized combustion plants, as stipulated in the Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control, in a separate Federal Immission Control Act, therefore converting the requirements of the European MCPD (Medium Combustion Plant Directive) to national law. The draft bill has now finally been published, and the official hearing of the associations has started.
Energiewende 2.0 – VDMA Motoren und Systeme setzt Kurs auf Klimaneutralität
22.02.2018 Potenziale und Herausforderungen einer umfassenden Energiewende standen im Zentrum von Vorstandssitzung und Mitgliederversammlung des VDMA Motoren und Systeme am 21. und 22. Februar bei Gastgeber Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG in Rostock, auf der zudem ein neues Präsidium gewählt wurde.
EU legislation on stationary combustion plants
08.02.2018 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.
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.
Work on important series of standards continued at the general assembly of the two ISO committees ISO/TC 70 "Internal combustion engines" and ISO/TC 70/SC 8 "Exhaust gas emission measurement".
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.