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.
IMO MEPC71: Taking small steps and making compromises to reduce environmental impact
25.07.2017 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.
Stricter limits for large combustion plants in Europe
23.05.2017 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.
Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control update – government prepares immission control act for combustion plants
22.05.2017 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.
Germany applies for reclassification of SO2 on the list of hazardous substances
11.08.2017 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
24.05.2017 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).