Marine equipment

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Over the course of the next few months, the content of this site will expand rapidly.

Among the topics we aim to cover, are the governance structures of EU maritime law, inland waterway transport, rules applying to seafarers, trade regulations, security issues, port regulations and competion law.

The relevant European Commission web site summarises aptly:

“The uniform application of international testing standards and procedures for type-approval of marine equipment is ensured through Directive 96/98/EC. The Directive aims at guaranteeing the harmonisation of safety rules on board of EU flagged ships through the uniform application of the international instruments relating to equipment. Certified equipment is then allowed to circulate freely within the EU.”

International law

Please refer to our section on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS – SAR).

EU ratification

Please refer to our section on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS – SAR).

European law

Directive 96/98/EC as last amended by Directive 2012/32/EU (Full text in PDF format) as last amended by Directive 2013/52/EU (Full text in PDF format).

Case before the European Court of Justice (ECJ)

Case C-381/03, Commission v. Italy, judgement of 16.10.2003


More information on the assessment of Classification Societies can be found on the EMSA web site.

Statements of EU Institutions

Commission 24.10.2012: Commission Opinion on interim measures taken by the government of Germany in respect of life jacket lights of model AquaSpec AQ02 manufactured by AquaSpec Ltd in the United Kingdom. Full text (PDF format)

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