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Technical & safety

Our main areas of work include:

1. Recreational craft
2. Personal flotation devices & diving equipment
3. Port reception facilities for waste
4. Passenger ships safety

1. Recreational craft 

RCD banner EBI edited 2015 lightOn 18 January 2016, the EU Directive on watercraft 2013/53/EU officially started to apply in all 28 Member States, the European Economic Area (plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), while Switzerland will be voluntarily applying this Directive with some extra requirements. From that date onwards and during the transition period of one year (until 17 January 2017), companies - whether they are manufacturers, importers or distributors - are able to sell products that are compliant with either the "old" Directive 94/25/EC as amended by Directive 2003/44/EC or the "new" Directive 2013/53/EU.

To assist companies in a smooth transition from EU Directive 94/25/EC to the new EU Directive 2013/53/EU on recreational craft, European Boating Industry and ICOMIA developed a guide. This guide provides you with all you need to know to safely manufacture, import, distribute and sell your products on the EU single market, EEA and Switzerland.

The guide is available as an App for iPad and Android tablets (3.99 EUR) as well as PDF for all devices (2.99 EUR) in the following languages:


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This regularly updated factsheet, is an overview of the key points for the transition period. It complements the information you'll find in the EU RCD Guide (above). Specific questions should be raised with your national industry association or addressed to the Secretariat. NEW LINK (to be linked to the factsheet) http://www.europeanboatingindustry.eu/images/Members_Documents/160920FactsheetNewRCDrules.pdf


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Our RCD guide, apart from the explanatory text, contains additional appendixes and links to many online resources, including the link to the CR-Rom to help companies master understanding of the main 49 ISO boatbuilding standards. Thanks to our collaboration with FIN - French Federation of Nautical Industries and AFNOR - French standardisation body, the main ISO standards are available in English at 399 EUR and in French at 350 EUR (discount for FIN members).

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2. Personal flotation devices & diving equipment

Following the publication in the Official Journal of the EU, the new EU Regulation 2016/425 to replace the personal protective equipment directive 89/686/EEC, covering among others lifejackets and buoyancy aids, has entered into force in spring this year. The main change for manufacturers of personal flotation devices has been the move of product category from PPE II to PPE III, implying stricter evaluation requirements for the products. On the EU-type examination certificate, a maximum validity of 5 years had been kept. It was stressed however that in case of a positive review, a renewed certificate may continue to be valid for further periods (each of which maximum of 5 years). Looking at the calendar, the personal flotation devices (lifejackets) used for leisure purposes (i.e. not SOLAS ones used for maritime transport) must be compliant and meet the basic health and safety requirements of the current EU Directive on personal protective equipment 89/686/EEC until 21 April 2018. To benefit from the presumption of conformity, manufacturers should use the harmonised standard ISO 12402. Only the notified bodies accredited under the Directive 89/686/EEC can carry out the conformity assessment. You will find the list of notified bodies the NANDO website: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/nando/index.cfm?fuseaction=directive.notifiedbody&dir_id=6

As of 21 April 2018, lifejackets will have to meet the requirements set in the new EU Regulation 2016/425. The harmonised standard will continue to provide presumption of conformity as it will continue to be reviewed and updated when necessary. As mentioned, the product conformity assessment procedures have been made stricter and are described in the Regulation. About a year before entry into force (by mid-2017), notified bodies will need to apply to be accredited to this new Regulation to continue operating legally. You can find the full text of the new EU Regulation 2016/425 in all EU languages on http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1464708129371&uri=CELEX:32016R0425

3. Port reception facilities for waste

Directive 2000/59/EC on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues was adopted in 2000 with the aim of protecting the marine environment by reducing the discharge of waste into the seas. The Directive applies to commercial ports, as well as marinas, regardless of size. There are a number of obligations under the directive, which include:

- Each port/marina must provide adequate port reception facilities to meet the needs of ships normally using its facilities.

- Ports and marinas must develop and implement a waste reception and handling plans.

The Directive has recently been evaluated to assess its effectiveness and efficiency and point out problem areas, which could be addressed in a possible review of the Directive to improve and simplify the legislative framework and reduce regulatory costs. The final REFIT evaluation report has been published http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/maritime/studies/maritime_en.htm?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Revision+of+EU+Directive+2000%2F59%2FEC+on+port+reception+facilities+for+ship-generated+waste+and+cargo+residues and the Commission is undertaking various actions to respond to the shortcomings identified. On 22 May 2013 at the occasion of the European Maritime Day held in Malta, European Boating Industry participated in the workshop on port reception facilities - towards sustainable marine tourism in Europe.

4. Passenger ships

On 6 June 2016 the European Commission adopted a number of legislative proposals related to the common rules on safety of ships carrying passengers in EU waters, as the result of its “Fitness Check”. European Boating Industry has been following the file closely, as it has implications for companies building, beside their leisure activity, small passenger vessels used for domestic voyages. During the revision process European Boating Industry joined forces with the European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA) to address a series of common issues that have raised concern for both organisations. These proposals will now be discussed by co-legislators in the coming months and Commission will follow up on the remaining recommendations of the “Fitness Check”, such as increasing the level of survivability of passenger ships in damaged condition at international level and developing a set of new, goal based standards for small passenger ships built from other materials such as fibre-reinforced plastic.

When it comes to drafting an EU Small Craft Code, European Boating Industry and ECSA support this approach for vessels below 24m and have already expressed their will to participate in the future work to be carried out at EU level. More about the passenger ship safety: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/maritime/news/2016-06-06-passenger_ship_safety_rules_en.htm