The BSH issues a national approval for marine equipment which is subject to approval under German law but for which there are no internationally harmonised requirements. If the national approval guarantees the same level of safety that another European country requires for its ships, the other European country must recognise the national approval of the BSH. The same rules apply to the validity of national approvals granted for a limited period of time as to the validity of EU approvals granted for a limited period of time. Approvals for marine equipment (formerly listed in Annex A.1 of the Marine Equipment Directive) issued by the BSH until 31 December 2015 are valid throughout the EU.
Please use this form for an application for a test and inspection report, certificate of conformity or national approval and also refer to the instructions for electronic forms. You can fill in this form online, print it out and save it locally or print it out blank and fill it in manually.
Here you will find information on the fees for a test/an approval. The device list (only available in German) shows you which devices are assigned to which device category. The device category A to F mean fees in different amounts.
In this BSH-Zulassungen ab 01.01.1999 (xls, 376KB, Not barrier-free file.) of BSH approvals from 01.01.1999 you will find marine equipment for which the BSH has issued a national approval since 1 January 1999. The list (compressed file, e.g. unpack with WinZip) is an Excel table sorted by object, date and manufacturer; you can search, filter or sort the list according to your own requirements.
According to the "Binnenschiffs-Untersuchungsordnung" (Inland Vessel Inspection Ordinance (BinSchUO)) compasses and transmitting heading devices on inland vessels must be type-tested and approved by the BSH. Approvals of other member states of the European Union or of another signatory state to the Agreement on the European Economic Area are recognised if their equivalence has been proven. Sound signal appliances must comply with the COLREG regulations and are type-tested by the BSH.
The marking of the approved navigation equipment must be permanently affixed in such a way that it is clearly visible even after the equipment has been installed on board.
Marine equipment approved by the BSH up to and including 31 December 1998 can be found in the BSH-Zulassungen bis 31.12.1998 (PDF, 4MB, Not barrier-free file.) of BSH approvals up to 31 December 1998.
Information on radio equipment approved by the BSH until 31 December 1998 can be found on the website of the Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen, Außenstelle Hamburg.