Life saving appliances · Fire protection equipment · Marine pollution prevention equipment:

BG Verkehr / Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Prüf- und Zertifizierungsstelle
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 361 37-0
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204

Navigation and radio equipment/ballast water treatment plants:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Referat S 3
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Karin Andersen
Phone: +49 40 3190 - 7315
Fax: +49 40 3190 - 5000

Ship's equipment

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) stipulates in its instruments which equipment has to be installed or carried on board; these are among others the SOLAS Convention and the Torremolinos International Convention.

In contrast, the European Marine Equipment Directive (MED) and its current Implementing Regulation regulate the approval procedure for ship's equipment in the EU; therefore, it applies to ships flying the German flag as well. There is a Mutual Recognition Agreement  between the EU and the USA on the verification and approval according to the Marine Equipment Directive.
A national approval by the flag state is required for equipment that does not require approval according to the MED.