Notified body (for conformity assessment) of life saving appliances:

Berufsgenossenschaft Verkehrswirtschaft Post-Logistik Telekommunikation (BG Verkehr)
Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Referat Nautik

Peer Lange
Phone: +49 40 361 37-319
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204
Mobile: +49 171 882 70 68

Lutz Brause
Phone: +49 40 361 37-321
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204



Notified body (for conformity assessment) of equipment for the prevention of marine pollution:

Referat Maschine

Bernd Seifert
Phone: +49 381 454 93 41
Fax: +49 381 454 93 45
Mobile: +49 171 505 70 35

Holger Steinbock
Phone: +49 40 36137-217
Fax: +49 40 36137-204



Notified body (for conformity assessment) of fire protection equipment:

Referat Brandschutz

Axel Lichtwald
Phone: +49 40 361 37-812
Mobile: +49 171 636 11 36

Jens Niehus
Phone: +49 40 361 37-201
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204

Carsten Hackl
Phone: +49 40 361 37-241
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204

John Martens
Phone: +49 40 361 37-269
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204



National approval of radio and navigation equipment:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Referat S 3 - Navigationsgeräte, Normung, Beratung, Prüfung, Zulassung
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Doreen Thoma
Phone: +49 40 31 90-73 00
Fax: +49 40 31 90-50 00



Approval of ballast water treatment plants:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Sachgebiet S 41 - Umweltschutz im Seeverkehr
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Sabine Reuland
Phone: +49 40 31 90-74 11
Fax: +49 40 31 90-50 00



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Approved ship's equipment

The responsibility for approval of marine equipment lies with notified bodies

Since the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) entered into force on 01 January 1999, marine equipment subject to an EC conformity assessment procedure (comprising a combination of modules B + D, B + E, B + F or G) must be certified by a notified body with an EU certificate (module B) as well as a certificate according to modules D, E, F or in accordance with module G. With this the manufacturer proves that the requirements of the Directive are complied with. Approvals by a notified body are valid throughout the EU.

Notified bodies for conformity assessment of marine equipment in Germany:

  • Testing and Certification Body ("Prüf- und Zertifizierungsstelle") of Berufsgenossenschaft Verkehrswirtschaft Post-Logistik Telekommunikation (BG Verkehr, German Social Accident Insurance Institution for Commercial Transport, Postal Logistics and Telecommunication) - Identification number 0736 - for life-saving appliances, marine pollution prevention equipment (modules B, D, E, F, G) and fire protection equipment (modules B, D, E, F, G)
  • DNV GL SE - Identification number 0098 (www.dnvgl.com) for life-saving appliances, marine pollution prevention-, navigation-, fire protection-, radiocommunication- and COLREG 72 and SOLAS chapter II-1 equipment (modules B, C, E, F, G)
  • Phoenix Testlab GmbH - Identification number 0700 (www.phoenix-testlab.de) for navigation- and radiocommunication Equipment.
  • TÜV NORD Systems GmbH & Co. KG - identification number 0045 (www.tuev-nord.de)
    for life saving appliances and fire protection equipment (modules B, D, E, F, G)

EU database for EU-certified marine equipment

An overview of the approved ship's equipment throughout the EU can be found in the EU data base of the organisation of the notified bodies MarED (The Group of Notified Bodies for the Implementation of the Marine Equipment Directive).

You may register at www.mared.org for detailed information free of charge. Information provided includes:

  • Manufacturer, product information, approval information and notified body,
  • The complete text of the directives with all amendments,
  • The up to date Annex listing marine equipment which must have been approved according to the Marine Equipment Directive, if carried on board of community ships.

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National approval of marine equipment

Marine equipment requiring approval, for which there are no harmonised testing standards, is subject to national approval. National approvals are recognised by other EU member states, if the international requirements are complied with. Marine equipment with national approval can be found here:

  • BSH-approved marine equipment for seagoing ships (approval from 1 January 1999)

Until 28 February 2009 the BSH was notified body for EU-approvals of life-saving appliances, navigation and radiocommunication equipment as well as equipment required under COLREG 72. On 1 March 2009 the notification was transferred to BSH-Cert. BSH discontinued its work as notified body as of 31. December 2015.

This list contains all marine equipment approved by the BSH since 1 January 1999 for seagoing ships. Until 28 February 2009 this includes both, EU- and national approvals; since 1 March 2009 only national approvals. The list is a compressed Excel file (to be unpacked by e. g. WinZip), which you can process according to your individual needs.

  • Marine equipment for seagoing ships with national BSH-approval (approved not later than 31 December 1998)

This list is available on request from the BSH.

  • Radiocommunication equipment (approved not later than 31 December 1998)

For further information please contact the Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen, Außenstelle Hamburg (Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway, Hamburg branch) (www.bundesnetzagentur.de).

  • Navigation equipment for inland navigation vessels with national BSH-approval

Here you can find a list of navigation equipment.

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Approval of ballast water treatment systems

In Germany the BSH is in charge of measures to prevent the transfer of exotic organisms by ships and therefore also for the approval of ballast water treatment systems.

 In June 2008 the BSH granted the very first type approval worldwide for a ballast water treatment system using active substances, after a comprehensive testing- and approval process.

 Follow the link for further information on ballast water treatment plants.

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