Database for searching rules of the classes
29.01.2018 The VDMA has set itself the goal of bringing transparency into the catalogues of requirements of the classification societies and ensuring access to the current "Rules" for its member companies.
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.
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.
Focus on reducing emissions
31.10.2013 There has been a huge increase in the outlay involved in complying with the emission limit values for the engine industry and manufacturers of engine-powered machinery and systems.
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.
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.