The Public Consultation for the UK transposition to Directive 2014/90/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on marine equipment and repealing Council Directive 96/98/EC is now open for public comment.
Marine equipment of a safety or anti-pollution nature (such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, oily water separators, ships’ radio and radar) installed on board UK ships is required to meet performance and testing standards to ensure it functions as required. Equipment required by the international instruments is to be of an approved type and in the European Union this is achieved through Council Directive 96/98/EC2 (“The MED”). For certain UK ships operating domestically, alternative standards and arrangements are required.
Difficulties have been observed in implementing the MED, particularly regarding protection of the EU market against non-compliant and fraudulent equipment and the communication of the applicable testing standards for equipment within the scope of the MED. National difficulties specific to the UK have also been experienced with regards to the application and enforcement of the MED due to impracticalities of using equipment within the scope of the international Conventions on certain domestic ships.
The EU has worked together to recast the MED by publishing Directive 2014/90/EU3 (“The recast MED”). This recast MED seeks to resolve difficulties observed in the existing MED and its provisions come into force on the 18 September 2016.
This consultation seeks to gain input on the proposed measures and analysis of impacts on the UK of the Regulations that transposes the recast MED and addresses national difficulties, by reducing regulatory burden on domestically operated ships and vessels.
This consultation, including the questions, can be found here.
The IMarEST submits consultation responses on behalf of its members in order to present a sector view and to enable policy makers to have confidence that they are receiving information that is objective, impartial and expert.
In order to contribute to an IMarEST submission please send your comments, addressing the questions in the consultation, to by 17:00 BST on 30th June 2016 with "Marine equipment consultation" in the subject line.