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Common rules and standards for ship inspection

Common rules and standards for ship inspection
Statement from EMEC regarding the publication of REGULATION (EC) No 391/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations.
EMEC, the European Marine Equipment Council, welcomes the new Regulation (EC) 391/2009, published on the 28th of May and believes that this new legislation creates favourable conditions for improvement of the efficiency of ship inspections and surveys which in turn will help safeguard safety at sea.

Amongst others, the Regulation will, if effectively implemented, in the coming years:

Lead to the harmonisation of class rules, paving the way for the creation of a clear and coherent regulatory framework for the marine equipment industry. EMEC believes that safety and environmental protection can be better guaranteed if a single set of rules for ships and marine equipment is defined globally, based on the best available knowledge;

Allow, in appropriate cases (i.e. when the necessary safeguards are established) recognised organisations to mutually recognise their certificates for marine equipments, based on the most demanding and rigorous standards. Mutual recognition of certificates based on harmonised rules and issued by recognised organisations meeting the most demanding standards, will make the certification process of marine equipment more efficient, and yet ensure that safety and environmental protection are guaranteed. Under the current process, marine equipment companies have devoted considerable resources in obtaining certificates for the same piece of equipment by each recognised organisation.

EMEC is aware that Article 10 of the new Regulation will require recognised organisations to engage in a demanding implementation process. As the representative body of European marine equipment suppliers, EMEC offers its cooperation in order to achieve the harmonisation and mutual recognition prescribed by Article 10.

EMEC calls on Member States’ authorities and the European Commission to support the implementation of the new Regulation and to assist and encourage recognised organisations in the establishment of a modern and efficient system of classification to the benefit of a safer shipping industry.

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