Notified body (for conformity assessment) of Ship Safety Division of the BG Verkehr:

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

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

National approval of radio and navigation equipment:

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

Approval of ballast water treatment plants:

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

Katrin Ewert
Phone: +49 40 31 90 74 10
Fax: +49 40 31 90 5000

Approved ship's equipment

Approval of marine equipment

To implement international requirements, EU approval of ship's equipment is regulated by the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) and its current implementing regulation. The list of equipment that requires approval with the applicable performance and testing standards is published in the current implementing regulation to the MED.

This marine equipment is subject to an EU conformity assessment procedure and requires an EU approval by a notified body. With an EU approval, the manufacturer may attach a symbolized wheelmark as conformity identification, the number of the notified body and the year of the marking on the equipment item. Marked equipment may be distributed throughout the EU as well as installed and used on board without another national approval. 

Ship's equipment that is not required to be approved in accordance with the MED requires a national approval by the flag state. Here you can find information on national approval of navigation, radio and COLREG equipment by the BSH.

EU database for EU-certified marine equipment

An overview of the approved ship's equipment throughout the EU can be found in theMED Database of EU Commission. 

After a registration free of charge, you can find information on, inter alia:

  • manufacturer, product information, approval information and notified body, and
  • the complete text of the directive with all amendments,

The previous MarED data base is currently still available, but will not be up-dated anymore.

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Marine equipment with national approval

The BSH issues national approval for marine equipment requiring approval under German legislation but for which no internationally harmonized requirements exist. National approval of other EU Member States will be recognized if they conform with international rules and regulations. If the national approval of the BSH ensures the same safety standards as another European State demands for its ships, this other European State has to recognize the BSH's national approval.

Find further information on national approval of marine equipment here.

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Approved ballast water management systems

In Germany the BSH is responsible for the approval of ballast water management systems. In June 2008 the BSH granted the very first type approval worldwide for a ballast water management system using active substances, after a comprehensive testing- and approval process.

 Follow the link for all ballast water management systems approved by the BSH.

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