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Introduction

In implementation of Council Directive 2014/90/EU of 23 July 2014 (entered into force as from 18 Sptember 2016) on marine equipment (Marine Equipment Directive - MED), theBSH has been assigned the task of conducting market surveillance of marine equipment, in compliance with Articles 25 and 26 MED.

The Marine Equipment Directive applies to all merchant vessels flying the flag of a European Member State that are operated in international trade. It includes a list of the items of marine equipment requiring type approval and specifies uniform regulations for implementation of the relevant international standards. Listed items of marine equipment are only allowed to be used on board if they have been type-tested and approved in a conformity assessment procedure by a Notified Body that has been notified to the EU Commission.

An approval procedure applying uniform rules in the European Union ensures that differences in the implementation of standards are avoided and the same safety level is achieved in all Member States. Additional benefits are a better business environment for manufacturers, an improved competitive situation of the shipping industry, and the elimination of technical trade restrictions.

The authority in charge of market surveillance carries out spot checks to ensure that items of marine equipment that have been type-tested and approved by Notified Bodies meet the formal and technical requirements of Directive 2014/90/EU. The purpose of the surveillance measures is to improve safety at sea and prevent pollution of the marine environment.

The BSH is also in accordance with § 3 of the Marine Equipment Regulation of 1 October 2008 (Federal Law Gazette I, p. 1913), last amended by Art. 5 of the Fifteenth Ship Safety adapting Regulation of 25 September 2015 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 1664) competent authority for the recognition of legal persons as notified bodies.

Tasks

  • Check items of marine equipment for compliance with the requirements for approval specified in Directive 2014/90/EU on marine equipment (MED)
  • Information of the European Commission and other Member States (Safeguard Procedure)
  • Information of the users i. a. about non-conforming products, recalls and withdrawals
  • Protection of the market from non-conforming products
  • Safeguarding harmonized competition conditions
  • National implementation of decisions and recommendations of the European Commission
  • Cooperation with national and international market surveillance authorities
  • Notification of the German Conformity Assessment Bodies
  • Supervising the German Notified Bodies

Purpose
Ensure that the safety of marine equipment used in the EU Member States meets applicable requirements in order to

  • void hazards to the health and/or safety of ships' crews, passengers and other persons
  • protect the marine environment.

Responsibilities
The BSH is responsible for all items of marine equipment according to Directive 2014/90/EU (MED) in conjunction with Directive (EU) 2015/559 in the areas of

  • Life-saving appliances
  • Marine pollution prevention
  • Fire protection equipment
  • Navigation equipment
  • Radiocommunication equipment
  • Equipment required under COLREG 72
  • Bulk carrier safety equipment
  • Equipment under SOLAS Chapter II-1. Construction - structure, subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations

which are marketed in Germany or used on German seagoing vessels.

Conformity assessment procedure
During the conformity assessment procedure the manufacturer issues a written declaration of conformity. The group of Notified Bodies (MarED group) has published an example of a declaration of conformity an their homepage (www.mared.org). This example is currently under revision and has to be manually adapted to the requirements of the Directive 2014/90/EU.

Example of declaration of conformity (PDF-Document, 78 kB)

Legal basis

The above legal texts are available online at www.gesetze-im-internet.de.

Additional Information
More information regarding Market Surveillance can be found in our Flyer (PDF document, 494 kB).

A list of all european market surveillance organizations can be found on this web page of the European Commission.

 

Latest information

03/2016: Product recall for hydrostatic release units (HRUs) type „LR-1“ and "EP-1" manufactured by SAFETMADE Marine Product Co.
The manufacturer recalls all of the above products, because the full functionality is not in all cases guaranteed due to corrosion problems. Hence a security risk cannot be excluded. The HRUs are also distributed by the following trade names:

HYGRAPHA LR-1

ASKOROS LR-1

YOULONG LR-1

The recall is being conducted by the manufacturer SAFETMADE. You can contact the manufacturer via the web page of the company. To ensure shipboardoccupational safety, the BSH recommends to check whether HRUs from this types are on board and to replace them. Please inform the market surveillance department at BSH in this case.


03/2016: Product recalls for „Fuoco A Mano“ hand flares manufactured by Albatross S.R.L.
The manufacturer recalls specific lots of the above hand flares, because the full functionality is not guaranteed in all cases and hence a security risk can not be excluded. The following lots, produced in the year 2013, are recalled:

from 9270/13

to 11280/13

An example of the recalled hand flares from a respective production lot is shown here:

Nammo hand flares

The recall is being conducted by the manufacturer Albatross S.R.L. You can find the recall in Italian language here. You can contact the manufacturer via the web page of the company. To ensure shipboard occupational safety, the BSH recommends to check whether distress signals from these lots are on board and to replace them. Please inform the market surveillance department at BSH in this case.


03/2016: Product recalls for „IKAROS“ hand flares manufactured by Hansson Pyrotech (Nammo LIAB AB)
The manufacturer recalls specific lots of the above products, because the full functionality is not guaranteed in all cases and hence a security risk can not be excluded. The following text is published by the manufacturer:

German market - Recall of IKAROS Hand Flare Red Art. 341500, Lot 2113004, 2113005, 2113006.

During Aug 2013 until Oct 2013 IKAROS Hand Flare Red Art. 341500 where made of a pyrotechnic composition which during tests has not passed successfully.
Our recommendation is that delivered hand flares in the German market with following LOT numbers manufactured Aug 2013-Oct 2013 has to be replaced:

LOT Number

Type

2113004

Red

2114005

Red

2214006

Red

We recommend that the replacement is done whenever it is convenient / possible. Flares in your storage should be quarantined and destroyed in accordance with national regulations or sent back to Nammo LIAB. There are no risks to health or property in using these LOT’s of Hand Flares.

We are truly, deeply sorry for all the inconvenience this may havecaused you, your company and your customers. Our sincere apologies.

An example of the recalled hand flares from a respective production lot is shown here:

Nammo hand flares

The recall is being conducted by the manufacturer Hansson Pyrotech (Nammo LIAB AB). You can contact the manufacturer via the web page of the company. To ensure shipboard occupational safety, the BSH recommends to check whether distress signals from these lots are on board and to replace them. Please inform the market surveillance department at BSH in this case.


03/2016: Product recalls for NINGBO ZHENHUA hand flares, rocket parachute flares und smoke signals
Manufacturer NINGBO ZHENHUA declared a product recall regarding hand flares (article no. HGY60-15000) with batch no. 13-I-01-9, rocket parachute flares (article no. HGS40-30000) with batch no. 13-I-02-9 and smoke signals (article no. CCY3-2) with batch no. 13-I-03-9.

The recall is performed by:

SeaCurity GmbH
Mr. Johannes Graf Strachwitz
Tel: +49 89 12711526
Fax: +49 89 12711528
Email: info@seacurity.de

Pictures of the pyrotechnical items concerned can be found below:

Zhenhua hand flares

Zhenhua parachute rockets

Zhenhua smoke signals

If you find pyrotechnical items concerned on board, please inform the market surveillance department at BSH.


03/2016: Product recall for PAINS WESSEX hand flares
Manufacturer Drew Marine published a product recall regarding PAINS WESSEX hand flares red (article no. 9529000) with batch no. 450. Details on the affected items can be found in the recall notice:

Produkt recall Pains Wessex hand flare (PDF document, 318 kB)

Pictures of the pyrotechnical items concerned can be found below:

Zhenhua hand flares

If you find hand flares concerned on board, please inform the market surveillance department at BSH.


03/2016: Product recalls for COMET hand flares and COMET smoke signals
Manufacturer Drew Marine published product recalls regarding COMET hand flares red (article no. 9162800) with batch no. 810 and COMET smoke signals (article no. 9192000) with batch no. 001. Details on the affected items can be found in the recall notices:

Product recall Comet hand flare (PDF document, 316 kB)

Product recall Comet smoke signal (PDF Document, 322 kB)

Pictures of the pyrotechnical items concerned can be found below:

Zhenhua hand flares

Zhenhua parachute rockets

If you find pyrotechnical items concerned on board, please inform the market surveillance department at BSH.


01/2016: Product recall regarding KANNAD Marine EPIRBs
Manufacturer KANNAD Marine published a product recall (PDF document, 263 kB) regarding EPIRB models SAFELINK Manual+ GPS (K12002311) and SAFELINK Auto GPS (K12002367). To ensure your safety BSH recommends to follow the mentioned advise.

If you find defective EPIRBs on board please inform the market surveillance department at BSH.


03/2015: Tender of the EU-Commission regarding a study of electronic tagging for marine equipment products
The EU-Commission has placed a tender for a study regarding electronic tagging for marine equipment products („Call for tenders no. MOVE/D2/2015-372 V1.0“).
BSH declared with letter to the Commission dated March, 26th 2015 its willingness to assist in preparing of such a study.


09/2014: Safety notice regarding compass for lifeboats and rescue boats, type “OFFSHORE 105“ from manufacturer SAS Plastimo
Lifeboat compass “OFFSHORE 105” from by now closed company SAS PLASTIMO was marketed between May 2009 and December 2011 as a compass certified according to MED (item A.1/4.23 – compass for lifeboats and rescue boats), although conformity with the MED was not given. The certification by Bureau Veritas was based on the old technical standards ISO 613 and ISO 10316 and not the valid standard ISO 25862 (mandatory since 15 May 2009). Usage of lifeboat compass “OFFSHORE 105” on lifeboats and rescue boats after this date is therefore not allowed.
Additionally BSH was made aware of possible technical deviations of the compass, which until now could not be dispelled.

Affected are compasses of type “OFFSHORE 105” bearing the wheel mark and identification number 0062 (Bureau Veritas) which were installed on board between 15. May 2009 and December 2011. After December 2011 these compasses were no longer marketed with the wheel mark.

To ensure your safety, BSH recommends checking whether this lifeboat compass is on board and to replace it if necessary. If that is the case, please inform the market surveillance department at BSH.


11/2013: Prodect safety recall regarding GME EPIRBS MT400/MT401/MT403
Manufacturer GME published a product safety recall regarding EPIRBS models MT400, MT401 and MT403. Details on the affected devices can be found in the recall notice.

If you find defective EPIRBS on board please inform the market surveillance department at BSH.


07/2014: BSH information concerning compass for lifeboats and rescue boats, type “IRIS 50“  produced by now closed manufacturer SAS Plastimo, 15 rue Ingènieur Verrière, 56325 Lorient Cèdex
According to information available to the BSH the compass “IRIS 50” advertised as hand bearing compass was approved by the notified body Bureau Veritas according to the MED item A.1/4.23 - compass for lifeboats and rescue boats – and tested by the standard ISO 613 und ISO 1031. On 15 May 2009 the old standards were replaced by the new standard ISO 25862:2009. The new standard is not applicable to hand bearing compasses. With the publi-cation of the new standard the compass “IRIS 50” no longer meets the requirements of the MED. The compasses, labelled with the wheelmark, were placed on the market by the dissolved company SAS Plastimo until December 2011. The use of the hand bearing com-pass "IRIS 50" on lifeboats and rescue boats is not permitted and constitutes a potential danger.

IRIS 50 Compass

To ensure shipboard occupational safety, the BSH recommends that you check whether this bearing compass is on board and to replace it if necessary. If that is the case, kindly inform the BSH‘s Market Surveillance department accordingly.


11/2013: Safety notice on JOTRON GMDSS products
Manufacturer JOTRON AS published a safety notice regarding faked batteries for JOTRON products Tron 40S, Tron SART, Tron SART 20 and Tron TR-20 GMDSS. To ensure occupational safety BSH recommends to follow the mentioned advise. If you find faked batteries on board please inform the market surveillance department at BSH.


09/2013: BSH – Information concerning the Recall of buoyant smoke signal „Comet smoke signal, 9162000“ manufactured by Drew Marine Signal & Safety UK Ltd.
According to information available to the BSH, the manufacturer recalls a specific lot of the above products, because
the full functionality is not guaranteed in all cases and hence a security risk can not be excluded. The following lot is recalled:

270.03 batch 03

To ensure shipboard occupational safety, the BSH recommends to check whether distress signals from this lot are on board and to replace them. Please inform the BSH Section Market Surveillance in this case.
The
recall is being conducted by the manufacturer Drew Marine Signal & Safety UK Ltd and his distributors. More information on the implementation of the recall is published on the manufacturers web page.


07/2013: BSH – Information concerning the Recall of “IKAROS Hand-held rocket parachute flare“ manufactured by Nammo LIAB AB, Trade name „Hansson Pyrotech”

According to information available to the BSH, the manufacturer recalls specific lots of the above products, because the full functionality is not guaranteed in all cases and hence a security risk can not be excluded. The following lots, delivered between November 2011 and February 2012, are recalled:

1111011, 1111012, 1111013, 1111014, 1112001, 1112002

An example of the recalled products from a respective production lot is shown here:

Pyrotech

To ensure shipboard occupational safety, the BSH recommends to check whether distress signals from these lots are on board and to replace them. Please inform the BSH Section Market Surveillance in this case.
The recall is being conducted by the manufacturer Nammo LIAB AB and his distributors. More information on the implementation of the recall are published on the web page of the company.


07/2013: BSH – Information concerning the Recall of Hydrostatic Release Units for life rafts and Epirbs „SANHO HRU” manufactured by FENERCI Denizcilik Egitim Dis. Tic. Ltd. Sti
According to information available to the BSH, the manufacturer recalls specific lots of the above products, because triggering in the prescribed water depth is not guaranteed in all cases and hence a security risk can not be excluded. Products with the following serial numbers are recalled: C001 to C400
An example of the recalled products is shown here:

To ensure shipboard occupational safety, the BSH recommends that you check whether hydrostatic release Units “SANHO HRU” with serial numbers C001 to C400 are on board and to replace them. Please inform the BSH section Market Surveillance in this case.


07/2013: BSH – Information concerning the Recall of Rocket Parachute Flare („HGS40-30000“), Hand Flare („HGY60-15000“) and Buoyant Smoke Signal („CCY3-2“) produced by manufacturer Ningbo Zhenhua Life-saving Equipment Co. Ltd.
According to information available to the BSH, the manufacturer recalls specific lots of the above products, because the full functionality is not guaranteed in all cases and hence a security risk can not be excluded. The following lots are being recalled: More Information (PDF)


06/2013: BSH information concerning LED LED Navigation Light “SCP #03201” of the manufacturer SEACHOICE Products
The BSH was recently informed about LED navigation lights manufactured by SEACHOICE Products which fail to meet the criteria for using on board of any vessel. The navigation lights are not certified according to Council Directive 96/98/EC (MED). Details of the products are specified in the safety alert 04-03 of the U.S. Coast Guard. It cannot be excluded that the LED navigation lights „SCP #03201“ are available on the German market or placed on board of ships flying the German Flag. To ensure shipboard occupational safety, the BSH recommends to check whether LED navigation lights „SCP #03201“ are on board. If that is the case, kindly inform the BSH‘s Market Surveillance department accordingly.


04/2013: Counterfeit portable fire extinguishers from manufacturers Amerex Corporation and Buckeye Fire Equipment
BSH was recently informed about counterfeits of portable fire extinguishers manufactured by Amerex Corporation und Buckeye Fire Equipment. The identification of the falsification is specified in safety alert 01-13 (PDF document, 99 kB) from the U.S. Coast Guard. Some fire extinguishers from the product range of the company Amerex Corporation are certified according to Council Directive 96/98/EC (MED).

It cannot be excluded that counterfeits of these portable fire extinguishers are available on the German market or placed on board of ships flying the German Flag. To ensure shipboard occupational safety, the BSH recommends to check whether counterfeits of these portable fire extinguishers are on board. If that is the case, kindly inform the BSH‘s Market Surveillance department accordingly.


10/2012: Information concerning misused “wheelmark” label on fire hoses type “special fire hose” produced by manufacturer Taizhou Sanjiang Fire Control Equipment Co., LTD.s
According to information available to the BSH, the fire hoses of the Chinese manufacturer Taizhou Sanjiang Fire Control Equipment Co., LTD are incorrectly marked with the Wheelmark. This product has no approval according to Council Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment (MED). Neither a module B type approval certificate nor a quality assurance certificate according to modules D, E or F was issued.

Fire hose with wheelmark affixed

According to latest information the fire hoses are no longer labelled with the wheelmark by the company. But it cannot be ruled out that the “special fire hoses” made by Taizhou Sanjiang Fire Control Equipment Co., LTD, may be in use on board ships. To ensure shipboard safety, BSH recommends to check whether above mentioned fire hoses are on board and to replace them if necessary. In that case, please inform market surveillance at BSH.


09/2012: Information on a decision of the European Commission from 30 July 2012 regarding test standards for radar reflectors for life boats and rescue boats
Due to the fact that currently no radar reflectors for life boats and rescue boats on the European market meet the up to date requirements of directive 96/98/EC (MED), the European Commission announces the following decision:

“This topic was discussed during the meeting of the Committee on Safe Seas and the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (COSS) on 23 April 2012 in Brussels. During this session it was decided to allow testing of radar reflectors according to the new standard ISO 8729-1 (2010) or according to the old standard EN ISO 8729 (1998).Die different alternatives regarding the radar reflectors for life boats and rescue boats (item A.1/1.33 in annex A1 of directive 96/98/EC) and the 8th amendment of aforementioned directive are listed below:

  • EN ISO 8729(1998)
  • EN 60945 (2002) including IEC 60945 corrigendum 1 (2008)

    or

  • EN ISO 8729 (1998)
  • IEC 60945 (2002) including IEC 60945 corrigendum 1 (2008)

    or

  • EN ISO 8729-1 (2010)
  • EN 60945 (2002) including IEC 60945 corrigendum 1 (2008)

    or

  • EN ISO 8729-1 (2010)
  • IEC 60945 (2002) including IEC 60945 corrigendum 1 (2008)”

This means that with immediate effect until further notice radar reflectors can be certified, the wheelmark affixed and put into the market or on board, either if they fulfil the old test standard (EN ISO 8729) or the new test standard (EN ISO 8729-1).


09/2012: Information on the carriage requirements regarding line throwing devices (MED A.1/1.11) on board
In light of recent events BSH provides the following clarification on the carriage requirement regarding line throwing devices:

  • A line throwing device has to consist of 4 lines and 4 projectiles (“old model", all components in one case) to fulfil the carriage requirement according to SOLAS.
     
  • Alternatively, if devices for one-time use are on board (“new” encapsulated models), altogether 4 units are needed on board to fulfil the carriage requirement.

In the interest of your safety please check if the number of line throwing devices on board is adequate.


03/2012: Recall of portable fire extinguishers manufactured by Dongtai City Xinghai Marine Equipment
According to information from the French Maritime Administration portable fire extinguishers from Chinese manufacturer Dongtai City Xinghai Marine Equipment were found to be defective. The striking pin does not activate the CO2 bottle.

Affected by the deficiencies are fire extinguishers type MFZ/ABC6 and MPZ9L, bearing the wheelmark and signed 2198/10 or 2198/11.

In the interest of your safety please check as soon as possible whether the above mentioned fire extinguishers were placed on board and replace them accordingly. Please inform BSH immediately if the mentioned fire extinguisher are found on board.


10/2011: Information regarding a product warning for liferaft lights Daniamant RESCUE-DAN R.INT1
Danish manufacturer Daniamant has published a notice about possible deficiencies of liferaft lights of the type Daniamant RESCUE-DAN R.INT1 Internal liferaft light, manufactured between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2007.

For more information please visit the homepage of Daniamant.

For your safety, BSH recommends to check whether these lights are on board and proceed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


10/2011: Information regarding the recall of 2 kg and 5 kg carbon dioxide aluminium fire extinguishers manufactured between 2006 and April 2011 from manufacturer FLN Feuerlöschgeräte Neuruppin Vertriebs-GmbH
According to information available to BSH, manufacturer FLN Feuerlöschgeräte Neuruppin Vertriebs-GmbH, Martin - Ebell - Str 4, 16816 Neuruppin initiated a recall of 2 kg and 5 kg carbon dioxide aluminium fire extinguishers with MED - certification, produced between 2006 and April 2011.

Due to stress corrosion cracking it may occur that the valves of the fire extinguishers break up. Caused by the pressure, the valve head itself can unexpectedly detach from the contai-ner. The manufacturer recommends not to use the affected fire extinguishers, not to main-tain them and/or move the equipment in any way. Please avoid the space directly above the top of the fire extinguisher.

Among others, the following brands are affected:

  • TOTAL, Classic K2A, Classic K5
  • COSMOS – COSMOS K5
  • Hansa
  • Hoenig
  • IBS
  • Neuruppin
  • Optimal
  • NWF
  • Stoll-Luxemburg
  • Waßmann.

For more information please refer to the leaflet (PDF-document, 436 kB) of the manufacturer, also published under www.fln-neuruppin.de . To ensure shipboard safety, BSH strongly recommends to check whether these extinguishers are on board and replace them according to the manufacturer's instructions.


07/2011: Information concerning a falsified type approval certificate (compressed air breathing apparatus)
According to information available to BSH, the EC type approval certificate issued by GL-Luxembourg, file number 54 580 - 07 Lux, for the compressed air breathing apparatus "SDP 1100" is a falsified document.The falsified document differs from the original certificate in the font used and the company to which it was issued: Shanghai Weien Sequrity Equipment Co. Ltd. (China) for the product "SDP 1100". This product has no MED approval.

The original modul B certificate was issued by GL-Luxembourg for the products "RHZK 5/30" and "RHZK 6/30" made by Dongtai City Jianghai Lifesaving & Fire-Fighting Equipment Co. Ltd. Based on information available to BSH it is possible that compressed air breathing apparatuses made by Shanghai Weien Sequrity Equipment Co. Ltd. could be in use on board ships. To ensure shipboard safety, BSH recommends to check whether equipment of type "SDP 1100" is on board and to replace it if necessary. If that is the case, please inform BSH Market surveillance accordingly.

A copy of the falsified certificate can be found here: falsified certificate (PDF document, 54 kB)


04/2011: Safety alert concerning lifejacket lights
Danish manufacturer Daniamant calls back 2 lots of lifejacket light "Rescue DAN M1".
Detailed information can be found on the manufacturers website.


06/2010: Safety alert concerning hydrostatic release units
According to information from Swedish Transport Agency hydrostatic release units type "Fenner HRU" from Turkish manufacturer Fenerci Denizcilik Egetim Dis Ticaret Ltd Sti certified according to maritime equipment directive (MED) showed defects which could pose a safety risk.
Please check as soon as possible if the above mentioned hydrostatic release units were placed on board and replace them with a certified type from another manufacturer.

Please inform BSH immediately if hydrostatic release units type "Fenner HRU" are on board.


05/2010: Safety alert concerning lifebuoys
BSH repeats the safety alert concerning lifebuoys published in December 2009, because in the meantime during an inspection on board of a German vessel a lifebuoy was found with some clearly noticeable clattering sound after lifting. It turned out, that nearly one half of the outer shell was not - respectively inadequate - filled with foam.
The injection hole for the foam was closed with a reflective stripe; the penetration of liquid has not been observed.

Since in this case the penetration of liquid and thus an adverse effect on the functionality can not be excluded, BSH recommends for the safety of people on board to check the lifebuoys in the above described way. Please do also a visual inspection for possible damages and penetration of liquid.

In case of any discrepancy please inform market surveillance at BSH as soon as possible.


12/2009: Safety alert concerning lifebuoys
Swedish Transport Agency informed with reference to the MED approved lifebuoys, type „Altura > 2,5kg“, manufactured in January 2004 by the Italian manufacturer Veleria San Giorgio about deficiencies (ingress of water due to external damage), that could pose a security risk.
Please check as soon as possible if the above mentioned lifebuoys were placed on board and carry out the procedures recommended by the manufacture

Veleria information from 12 Nov 2009 (PDF-Document, 93 kB)

Lifebuoy with hole under damaged reflectiv tape

Furthermore, according to the information of the EU Commission, similar problems concerning lifebuoys from different manufacturers have been reported. Therefore, BSH recommends in general to check the lifebuoys on board for the indication of damage and, where applicable, for the penetration of liquids.

Please inform market surveillance at BSH as soon as possible if

  • lifebuoys type "Altura> 2.5 kilograms are placed on board or
  • similar problems with other models occured.

Please visit the website of your lifebuoy manufacturer to get possible information regarding your lifebuoy model.


10/2009: High velocity pressure/vacuum relief valves with flame screen (model HPV) manufactured by Se-Won Ind. Co. (Republic of Korea)
On 19 August 2009 the European Commission published an opinion (PDF document, 700 KB) (Offical Journal of the European Union, 2009/C 213/1) on the follow-up action regarding to its opinion of 7 January 2008 (PDF document, 74 KB) (Offical Journal of the European Union, 2008/C 3/1) concerning high velocity pressure/vacuum relief valves with flame screen of model HPV, manufactured by Se-Won Ind. Co. in the Republic of Korea.
Thereafter the manufacturer has submitted evidence that a full new certification procedure has been conducted, as a result of which a new MED module-B type-approval certificate has been issued for Sewon products HPV 65A, HPV-3, HPV-4, HPV-5, HPV-6, HPV-8 and HPV-10.
The Commission declares as a result, that the manufacturer has taken appropriate follow-up action to the opinion delivered by the Commission on 7 January 2008 and has taken appropriate measures to ensure safety.
Hence the above mentioned valves, certified 14 May 2008, comply with the requirements of the MED and can be placed on the Market and on board.


01/2009: Faked copies of hydrostatic release units, type Hammar H20, manufactured by C.M. Hammar
The Swedish Maritime Safety Inspectorate informed that faked copies of hydrostatic release units, type Hammar H20, manufactured by C.M. Hammar were found on board.
The copies look almost identical with the original product, with Hammar’s logo and address on the labels.
Tests led to the conclusion, that the copies do not comply with requirements of SOLAS and do not work.
Further information, particularly with regard to differentiation of original and fake, is available here:

Press Release - Important information on Hammar H20 (PDF documment, 612 KB)

Information from Swedish Maritime Safety Inspectorate (PDF document, 94 KB)
Original or fake (PDF document, 77 KB)
Website of manufacturer

Please check if you have an affected hydrostatic release unit, type Hammar H20 and exchange them where necessary.
Please inform market surveillance at BSH in case you find faked hydrostatic release units as soon as possible.


06/2008: Recall of SeaGo lifejackets
Because of a possible manufacturing defect, the English manufacturer SeaGo Yachting recalled its lifejacket types 150 N and 175 N
including children's lifejackets), which are also available on the German market.

These lifejackets have not been type-approved under Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment (MED), i.e. they do not bear the wheelmark.
The lifejackets were manufactured in VI/05, I/06, II/06, IV/06, and 1/07.
If you have purchased any of the above lifejackets, you should not use them under any circumstances. Please contact the seller or manufacturer directly.

Additional information is available at http://seagoyachting.co.uk/.


01/2008: Comment by the Commission, 7 January 2008
on preliminary measures taken by the Government of Denmark regarding high-velocity pressure/vacuum relief valves with flame screen
(model HPV) made by Sewon Ind. Co. (Republic of Korea).
Comment (PDF document, 74 KB)


11/2007: BSH information on chemical protection suits according to Annex 1, MED
According to the latest amendment to Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment (MED), chemical protection suits as listed in Annex A 1/3.50 must be type approved for use on board ships where they constitute mandatory equipment.
There has been information that some ships may have been equipped with chemical protection suits that have not been type-approved under MED or are labelled incorrectly. For safety reasons, the BSH recommends to check whether chemical protection suits on board vessels have been type-approved according to MED and bear the wheelmark.
In particular, please compare the data in the declaration of conformity with the data on the type label and the classification of chemicals in the instructions for use.
In case you have any doubt concerning the type approval of chemical protection suits, please contact the BSH's market surveillance staff.


07/2007: Comment by the Commission, 20 June 2007
on the high-velocity pressure/vacuum relief valve types NEW-ISO-HV and U-ISO made by TANKTECH Co., Republic of Korea.
Comment (PDF document, 82 KB)

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