Marine

Marine Electronics Testing – Accepted for Issue of Type Approval Certificates

To remain competitive as a manufacturer or importer of marine electronic products, you seek to verify products that will function effectively over their expected lifetime. You want to work with one service provider to obtain Type Approval Certificates for your products to be accepted for installation in a marine application. Since January 1, 1999, designated equipment to be placed on board European (EU and associated EEA countries Norway and Iceland) ships has to bear a special marine mark of conformity to the relevant technical standards – the wheel mark (graphic at right). Designated equipment includes lifesaving appliances, marine pollution prevention, fire protection, engine control, navigation and radio communications equipment.

Curtis-Straus is working together with Bureau Veritas Marine and other Class Societies to test electronic products. Curtis-Straus test data is now accepted by Bureau Veritas Marine for the issue of Type Approval Certificates as well as acceptance by Multiple Class Societies, including International Association of Classification Societies Ltd. (IACS) E-10, typically used for control, protection and safety, and internal communication equipment.

Curtis-Straus is also accepted by the United States Coast Guard for Testing Ballast Water Management Systems Components in accordance with 46 CFR 162.060 and Fire Protective Systems in accordance with 46 CFR 161.002

Our Approach

The Marine Division of Bureau Veritas is recognized by more than 120 flag authorities representing 80% of classed world fleet, to perform surveys and issue statutory certificates on their behalf. In accordance with Rules for the Classification of Steel Ships, Bureau Veritas Marine performs regular quality assessments of marine equipment & materials manufacturers in view of issuing Works Recognition Certificates, within Bureau Veritas Mode I, or Bureau Veritas Mode II, in accordance with Society’s Rule Note NR 320 R1. Production conformity assessment of equipment granted with MCA and/or MMF Type Approval Certificates is carried out within these schemes.

Gap Analysis

Bureau Veritas Marine performs Type Approval of marine equipment listed in Annex A of the Marine Equipment Directive, Council Directive 2014/90/EU , as amended (Notified Body No.: 0062). Per Annex B of this directive, Bureau Veritas performs the following conformity assessments:

  • Module B – EC Type Examination (Design Assessment)
  • Module D – Production-Quality Assurance
  • Module E – Product-Quality Assurance
  • Module F – Product Verification
  • Module G – Unit Verification

Typical products that Curtis-Straus can test are grouped into two major categories: Deck and navigation; or Machinery and safety equipment.

Deck & Navigation Equipment Machinery & Safety Equipment
  • Electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS)
  • Electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) with backup – raster chart display system
  • Chart facilities for shipborne radar
  • Loading computers, maritime personal computers
  • Display monitors, video screens, terminals
  • Cargo multipurpose monitoring systems
  • Electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS)
  • Electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) with backup – raster chart display system
  • Chart facilities for shipborne radar
  • Loading computers, maritime personal computers
  • Display monitors, video screens, terminals
  • Cargo multipurpose monitoring systems