Statutory Instrument 1999 No. 1957
The Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Regulations 1999
 
Document History

Amended by S.I. 2001 No. 1638

Amended by S.I. 2004 No. 302

Amended by S.I. 2004 No. 1266

 

 


STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS


1999 No. 1957

MERCHANT SHIPPING

The Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Regulations 1999.

  Made 6th July 1999  
  Laid before Parliament 15th July 1999  
  Coming into force 5th August 1999  

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, being a Minister designated for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972[1] in relation to measures relating to maritime transport[2], and having consulted the persons referred to in section 86(4) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995[3] in so far as the following Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 85 and 86[4] of that Act, in exercise of the powers conferred by-

      (i) section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, and

      (ii) sections 85(1)(a) and (b), (3), (5) to (7) and 86(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995,

    and all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations:



    PART I: PRELIMINARY

    Citation and commencement
         1.. These Regulations may be cited as the Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Regulations 1999 and shall come into force on 5th August 1999.

    Interpretation
         2.  - (1) In these Regulations-

      "applicable international standards" means the requirements of the relevant international convention which the equipment must satisfy, as specified in Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1734;

      "the Directive" means Council Directive 96/98/EC on Marine Equipment[5];

      "EC declaration of conformity to type procedure" means the procedure specified in regulation 13 below;

      "EC design-examination certificate" means the certificate issued by a notified body in respect of equipment pursuant to regulation 17(7) below;

      "EC full quality assurance procedure" means the procedure specified in regulation 17 below;

      "EC production quality assurance procedure" means the procedure specified in regulation 14 below;

      "EC product quality assurance procedure" means the procedure specified in regulation 14 below;

      "EC product verification procedure" means the procedure specified in regulation 15 below;

      "EC type-examination certificate" means the certificate issued by the notified body in respect of equipment pursuant to regulation 12(5) below;

      "EC type-examination procedure" means the procedure specified in regulation 12 below;

      "EC unit verification conformity-assessment procedure" means the procedure specified in regulation 16 below;

      "international voyage" means a voyage from a port in one country to a port in another country, either of the countries being a country to which the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea[6] applies;

      "mark of conformity" means the mark referred to in regulation 18 below;

      "Maritime and Coastguard Agency" means the executive agency so named of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions;

      "Merchant Shipping Notice" means a notice described as such and issued by the Secretary of State; and any reference to a particular Merchant Shipping Notice includes a reference to any such document amending or replacing that notice;

      "notified body" means a body designated by the Secretary of State under regulation 5 below as a notified body for the purposes of these Regulations;

      "relevant international conventions" means-

        (i) the 1966 International Convention on Load Lines[7];

        (ii) the 1972 Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea[8];

        (iii) the 1973 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships[9];

        (iv) the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, including their Protocols, annexes and amendments thereto as at 1st January 1999;

      "scheduled service" means an advertised service at specified intervals along specified routes.

        (2) Unless given a different meaning in these Regulations, words and expressions specifically given a meaning by article 2 of the Directive shall have that meaning in these Regulations.

        (3) For the purposes of these Regulations ships shall be arranged in Classes as defined in the Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection: Large Ships) Regulations 1998[10].

        (4) Where a ship is managed by a person other than the owner (whether on behalf of the owner, of some other person or on his own behalf), a reference in these Regulations to the owner shall be construed as including a reference to that person.

        (5) Any approval, direction, prohibition or restriction given pursuant to these Regulations shall be given in writing and shall specify the date on which it takes effect and the conditions (if any) on which it is given.

    Amendment of Regulations
         3. The Regulations specified in Schedule 1 shall be amended as specified therein.

    Application
         4. These Regulations shall apply to-

      (a) any United Kingdom ship; and

      (b) as respects equipment other than marine pollution equipment which is not also equipment for securing the safety of ships and persons on them, any other ship being-

        (i) a Class II(A) or IX ship;

        (ii) a Class II ship operating on a scheduled service from any port in the United Kingdom to any port in another member State, or vice versa; or

        (iii) a high-speed craft operating on-

          (aa) a scheduled service from any port in the United Kingdom to any port in another member State, or vice versa; or

          (bb) a voyage which is not an international voyage,

        to which The Merchant Shipping (High Speed Craft) Regulations 1996 apply.

    Designation of notified bodies
         5.  - (1) If it appears to the Secretary of State that-

      (a) the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, or

      (b) any other body,

    satisfies the minimum criteria specified in Annex C of the Directive, he may designate that Agency or other body to carry out the procedures specified in Article 10 of the Directive.

        (2) Any such designation may be made-

      (a) for the purposes of all or any of the functions to be performed by notified bodies under these Regulations;

      (b) in relation to all equipment to which these Regulations apply or only such equipment as may be specified;

      (c) for an unlimited period, or for a specified period, or for specified purposes; and

      (d) subject to conditions (including conditions which are to apply upon or following withdrawal of the designation).

        (3) The Secretary of State may withdraw a designation if-

      (a) the designated body so requests;

      (b) the body ceases to comply with the minimum criteria specified in Annex C of the Directive; or

      (c) the body fails to comply with any condition imposed under paragraph (2) above.

        (4) The Secretary of State may vary or amend a designation if-

      (a) the designated body so requests; or

      (b) having regard to these Regulations or the Directive, it appears to him necessary or expedient to do so.

        (5) The Secretary of State may from time to time carry out inspections of the functions performed by a designated body under these Regulations with a view to verifying whether the body complies with the provisions of its designation and the provisions of these Regulations and the Directive; in particular the inspection shall verify that the body still complies with the minimum criteria specified in Annex C of the Directive.

        (6) Where the Secretary of State-

      (a) refuses an application for designation under paragraph (1) above or imposes any condition more onerous than those proposed by the body;

      (b) withdraws a designation under paragraph (3)(b) or (c) above; or

      (c) varies or amends a designation under paragraph (4)(b) above,

    he shall inform the body in writing of the grounds for his decision.

        (7) If for any reason a designated body ceases to be a designated body under this regulation, the Secretary of State may designate another designated body to take over its functions in respect of such cases as he may specify.



    PART II: REQUIREMENTS FOR EQUIPMENT

         6.  - (1) Subject to paragraph (3) and regulations 7 to 10 below, equipment specified in Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1734 which is placed on board either-

      (a) a new ship; or

      (b) an existing ship, unless it is placed on board the ship to replace equipment carried on the ship and the relevant international convention which requires that such equipment be carried makes different provision as to the standard of performance or assessment for such replacement equipment,

    on or after 5th August 1999, shall comply with the applicable international standards as specified in Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1734.

        (2) Equipment shall not be taken to comply with the applicable international standards referred to in paragraph (1) above unless-

      (a) it satisfies the testing standards of the relevant international convention, as specified in Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1734; and

      (b) it has been manufactured in accordance with the EC conformity-assessment procedure as set out in regulation 11 below and the mark of conformity, identification and last two digits of the year in which the mark was affixed have been affixed pursuant to regulation 18 below.

        (3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) above, equipment manufactured before 1st January 1999 in accordance with the procedures for type-approval in force in a member State before 20th December 1996 may be-

      (a) placed on the market, supplied for use or exposed or offered for supply within the UK; and

      (b) placed on board a ship the relevant safety certificate of which was issued by or on behalf of that member State in accordance with the relevant international convention,

    before 1st January 2001.

    Exception for technical innovation
         7.  - (1) Notwithstanding regulation 6 above, in exceptional circumstances of technical innovation, the Secretary of State may allow equipment which does not comply with the EC conformity-assessment procedures set out in regulation 11 below to be placed on board a ship if he is satisfied, by trial or otherwise, that such equipment is at least as effective as equipment which does comply with those procedures.

        (2) The Secretary of State shall only allow radiocommunications equipment to be placed on board a ship in the circumstances set out in paragraph (1) above if he is satisfied that such equipment does not unduly affect the requirements of the radio-frequency spectrum.

        (3) The Secretary of State shall issue a certificate in respect of any equipment which he allows to be placed on board a ship pursuant to paragraph (1) above which certificate shall-

      (a) record the Secretary of State's approval of the equipment;

      (b) specify any restrictions or conditions on the use of the equipment; and

      (c) be carried on board the ship with the equipment at all times.

        (4) If a ship registered in a country other than the United Kingdom, with equipment on board which has received the approval of its flag State pursuant to article 14 of the Directive, is transferred to the United Kingdom register, the Secretary of State may take the necessary measures, including carrying out, or having carried out, such tests and practical demonstrations as he considers necessary, to ensure that the equipment is at least as effective as equipment which does comply with the EC conformity-assessment procedures.

    Exception for testing or evaluation
         8.  - (1) Notwithstanding regulation 6 above, the Secretary of State may allow equipment which does not comply with either the EC conformity-assessment procedures set out in regulation 11 below or regulation 7 above to be placed on board a ship to facilitate the testing or evaluation of such equipment if-

      (a) the Secretary of State issues a certificate in respect of the equipment which complies with the conditions specified in paragraph (2) below;

      (b) the permission in respect of the equipment is limited to a short period of time; and

      (c) the equipment is not relied on in place of equipment which satisfies the requirements of regulation 6 above or used to replace any such equipment.

        (2) The conditions referred to in paragraph (1) above in respect of a certificate issued under that paragraph are:

      (a) it shall record the Secretary of State's approval for the equipment to be placed on board;

      (b) it shall specify any restrictions or conditions on the use of the equipment; and

      (c) it shall be carried with the equipment at all times.

        (3) The Secretary of State shall only allow radiocommunications equipment to be placed on board a ship in the circumstances set out in paragraph (1) above if he is satisfied that such equipment does not unduly affect the requirements of the radio-frequency spectrum.

    Transfer of new ship
         9.  - (1) Where a new ship is transferred to the United Kingdom register the Secretary of State shall inspect, or have inspected, the equipment on board to which these Regulations apply to verify that the condition of such equipment corresponds to its safety certificates and that it complies with either regulation 6 above or is equivalent.

        (2) If the Secretary of State is not satisfied that equipment on a new ship transferred to the United Kingdom register complies with regulation 6 or is equivalent, he shall direct in writing that the owner replace the equipment.

        (3) Notwithstanding regulation 6 above, if, in respect of a new ship transferred to the United Kingdom register, the Secretary of State considers that any equipment on board does not comply with regulation 6 above but is equivalent he shall issue a certificate in respect of such equipment which shall-

      (a) record the Secretary of State's approval of the equipment;

      (b) specify any restrictions or conditions on the use of the equipment; and

      (c) be carried on board the ship with the equipment at all times.

        (4) Any radiocommunications equipment on board a new ship transferred to the United Kingdom register shall not unduly affect the requirements of the radio-frequency spectrum.

    Replacement of equipment outside European Community
         10.  - (1) Notwithstanding regulation 6 above, if equipment to which these Regulations apply must be replaced in a port outside the European Community and it is not practicable for reasons of time, delay or cost to replace the equipment with equipment which complies with the requirements of regulation 6 above, equipment which does not comply with that regulation may be placed on board the ship if the conditions specified in paragraph (2) below are complied with.

        (2) The conditions referred to in paragraph (1) are:

      (a) if an agreement has been concluded between the European Community and the country in which the port is located on the mutual recognition of such organisations, the replacement equipment shall be accompanied by documentation issued by a recognised organisation equivalent to a body designated under regulation 5 above; or

      (b) if it is impossible to comply with sub-paragraph (a) above, the equipment shall be accompanied by documentation issued by a member State of the International Maritime Organisation which is a party to the relevant international convention certifying that the equipment complies with the applicable international standards.

        (3) If equipment is replaced on a ship in accordance with paragraph (1) above the owner of the ship shall inform the Secretary of State immediately of the nature and characteristics of the equipment and the circumstances rendering it impracticable to place equipment on board which complied with the requirements of regulation 6 above.

        (4) The Secretary of State shall ensure that equipment replaced outside the European Community pursuant to paragraph (1) above complies with the requirements of regulation 6 above and may carry out, or have carried out, such tests on the equipment as he considers necessary for this purpose.

        (5) If the equipment which is replaced in a port outside the Community pursuant to paragraph (1) above is radiocommunications equipment, such equipment shall not unduly affect the requirements of the radio-frequency spectrum.



    PART III: EC CONFORMITY-ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE

    EC conformity-assessment procedure
         11.  - (1) Subject to paragraph (2) below, the EC conformity-assessment procedure in accordance with which equipment shall be manufactured is-

      (a) the EC type-examination procedure and, subject to the limitations specified in Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1734, one of the following:

        (i) the EC declaration of conformity to type procedure;

        (ii) the EC production quality assurance procedure;

        (iii) the EC product quality assurance procedure; or

        (iv) the EC product verification procedure; or

      (b) the EC full quality assurance procedure.

        (2) Equipment produced individually or in small quantities and not in series or in mass may be manufactured in accordance with the EC unit verification conformity-assessment procedure.

    EC type-examination
         12.  - (1) An application for EC type-examination made to a notified body in respect of equipment may be made in writing by the manufacturer or his authorised representative within the Community (in this regulation referred to as "the applicant").

        (2) An application under paragraph (1) above shall include-

      (a) the name and address of the manufacturer and, if the application is lodged by the manufacturer's authorised representative, the name and address of that person;

      (b) a written declaration that the same application has not been lodged simultaneously with any other notified body; and

      (c) the technical documentation specified in Schedule 2.

        (3) The applicant shall place at the disposal of the notified body a specimen representative of the product envisaged and shall provide further specimens if so requested by the notified body.

        (4) On an application made to it under paragraph (1) above a notified body shall-

      (a) examine the technical documentation submitted by the applicant and verify that the specimen has been manufactured in accordance with the technical documentation;

      (b) agree with the applicant where the examinations and tests shall be carried out; and

      (c) carry out, or have carried out, the appropriate examinations and tests to check whether the applicable international standards are satisfied.

        (5) Where the notified body is satisfied, after performing its functions under paragraph (4) above, that the specimen satisfies the applicable international standards, it shall issue an EC type-examination certificate to the applicant.

        (6) An EC type-examination certificate issued pursuant to paragraph (5) above shall include-

      (a) the name and address of the manufacturer;

      (b) details of the equipment to which it relates;

      (c) the results of the examinations and tests carried out;

      (d) the conditions (if any) of its validity; and

      (e) the information necessary to identify the approved specimen,

    and a list of the relevant parts of the technical documentation shall be annexed to the certificate and a copy kept by the notified body.

        (7) Where a notified body refuses to issue an EC type-examination certificate, it shall give in writing detailed reasons for its decision to the applicant, and if that notified body is a body other than the Maritime and Coastguard Agency it shall provide a copy of such reasons to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

        (8) If an applicant applies for an EC type-examination for equipment in respect of which an EC type-examination certificate has been refused, he shall, in his application to the notified body, include all relevant documentation, including-

      (a) the original examination and test results;

      (b) the detailed reasons provided by the notified body for the previous refusal; and

      (c) details of all modifications made to the equipment since the previous application.

        (9) If any modifications are made to equipment in respect of which an EC type-examination certificate has been issued, the applicant shall inform the notified body which issued the certificate.

        (10) If any modifications notified under paragraph (9) above are such that they may affect the equipment's compliance with applicable international standards, the notified body shall satisfy itself, by further examinations and tests if necessary, that the equipment as modified complies with the applicable international standards and, if so satisfied, shall-

      (a) approve the modifications to the equipment; and

      (b) issue an addition to the original EC type-examination certificate in respect thereof.

        (11) A notified body shall-

      (a) on request, provide flag member States and other notified bodies with all relevant information concerning the EC type-examination certificates and additions thereto it has issued, including any it has withdrawn;

      (b) on request, provide other notified bodies with copies of the EC type-examination certificates and additions thereto it has issued; and

      (c) keep at the disposal of other notified bodies the annexes to the EC type-examination certificates it has issued.

        (12) A manufacturer, or his authorised representative established within the Community, shall, in respect of an EC type-examination certificate issued to him, keep a copy of the technical documentation submitted with the application and the EC type-examination certificate, and any additions thereto, for at least 10 years after the last item of equipment to which the certificate relates has been manufactured.

    EC declaration of conformity to type
         13.  - (1) If a manufacturer decides, in accordance with the requirements of Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1734, to apply the EC declaration of conformity to type procedure to equipment in respect of which an EC type-examination certificate has been issued, the manufacturer or his authorised representative established within the Community shall-

      (a) ensure and declare that the items of equipment-

        (i) conform to the specimen in respect of which the EC type-examination certificate was issued; and

        (ii) satisfy the applicable international standards;

      (b) affix the mark referred to in regulation 18 below to each item of equipment to which it relates; and

      (c) draw up a written declaration of conformity.

        (2) A manufacturer applying the EC declaration of conformity to type procedure to equipment shall take all measures necessary to ensure that the equipment's manufacturing process ensures that the equipment-

      (a) conforms to the specimen in respect of which the EC type-examination certificate was issued; and

      (b) satisfies the applicable international standards.

        (3) The manufacturer or his authorised representative established within the Community shall keep a copy of the declaration of conformity referred to in paragraph (1)(c) above for at least 10 years after the last item of equipment to which it relates has been manufactured.

    EC production quality assurance and product quality assurance procedures
         14.  - (1) A manufacturer who decides, in accordance with Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1734, to apply either the EC production quality assurance procedure or the EC product quality assurance procedure to equipment in respect of which an EC type-examination certificate has been issued, may apply to a notified body for approval of his quality assurance system; and such an application shall be made in writing and shall include-

      (a) all relevant information for the equipment category envisaged;

      (b) the documentation concerning the system;

      (c) the technical documentation of the specimen of the equipment and a copy of the EC type-examination certificate issued in respect of it; and

      (d) an undertaking by the manufacturer-

        (i) to fulfil the obligations arising from the approved system; and

        (ii) to maintain the system as approved so that it remains adequate and efficient.

        (2) On an application made to it under paragraph (1) above, the notified body shall evaluate the manufacturer's quality assurance system to determine whether-

      (a) on an application for approval of a system to be used in a production quality assurance procedure, it satisfies the requirements referred to in paragraph 3.2, of the section entitled "Production-Quality Assurance (Module D)", in Annex B of the Directive and set out in Merchant Shipping Notice 1734; or

      (b) on an application for approval of a system to be used in a product quality assurance procedure, it satisfies the requirements referred to in paragraph 3.2, of the section entitled "Product-Quality Assurance (Module E)", in Annex B of the Directive and set out in Merchant Shipping Notice 1734,

    and, if the system implements the relevant harmonised standard, it shall be taken to satisfy the said requirements.

        (3) When determining whether a manufacturer's quality assurance system satisfies the requirements referred to in paragraph (2) above, the notified body shall-

      (a) include on the relevant auditing team at least one person with experience of assessment in the equipment technology concerned; and

      (b) include within the assessment procedure at least one visit to the manufacturer's premises.

        (4) Where the notified body is satisfied, on an application made to it under paragraph (1) above and after evaluating the manufacturer's quality assurance system, that the system satisfies the relevant requirements referred to in paragraph (2) above it shall grant to the manufacturer an approval of the system.

        (5) In its approval under paragraph (4) above the notified body shall include the conclusions of any examinations and the evaluation carried out by it.

        (6) A manufacturer to whom an approval has been granted in respect of a quality assurance system under paragraph (4) above shall have authority to make EC declarations of conformity in accordance with paragraph (13) below.

        (7) Where the notified body is not satisfied as is mentioned in paragraph (4) above, it shall inform the manufacturer in writing-

      (a) of its decision to refuse to grant an approval in respect of the system; and

      (b) the conclusions of any examinations and the evaluation carried out by it.

        (8) Where a notified body has granted an approval under paragraph (4) above, it shall periodically carry out audits of the approved system to ensure that the manufacturer maintains and applies the approved system and fulfils his obligations arising out of the approved system.

        (9) The notified body shall provide the manufacturer with an audit report in respect of each periodic audit undertaken in accordance with paragraph (8) above.

        (10) In addition to the periodic audits referred to in paragraph (8) above, the notified body may make unannounced visits to the manufacturer's premises for the same purposes, and in the course of such visits may carry out tests, or cause tests to be carried out, if such tests are necessary to check whether the approved system is functioning correctly.

        (11) The notified body shall provide the manufacturer-

      (a) if it performs a visit as is mentioned in paragraph (10) above, with a visit report; and

      (b) if it performs such tests as are mentioned in paragraph (10) above, with a test report.

        (12) Where a manufacturer has been granted an approval by a notified body in respect of his quality assurance system, he shall-

      (a) ensure and declare that the items of equipment concerned conform to the specimen in respect of which the EC type-examination certificate was issued;

      (b) allow the notified body access for purposes of inspection to his premises where the equipment is manufactured, inspected, tested and stored;

      (c) provide the notified body with all necessary information to enable it to perform its surveillance functions under these Regulations, in particular:

        (i) the documentation relating to the system; and

        (ii) the relevant quality records, such as inspection reports and test data, calibration data and qualification reports in relation to the personnel involved in the system; and

      (d) maintain, at the disposal of the Secretary of State, for at least 10 years after the last item of equipment to which the system relates has been manufactured, the documentation referred to in-

        (i) paragraph (1)(b) above;

        (ii) paragraph (13)(c) below; and

        (iii) paragraphs (4), (7), (9) and (11) above.

        (13) Where a manufacturer has been granted an approval under paragraph (4) above by a notified body, the manufacturer or his authorised representative established within the Community shall-

      (a) affix the mark referred to in regulation 18 below to each item of equipment; which mark shall be accompanied by the identification symbol and number of the notified body responsible for the auditing referred to in paragraph (8) above;

      (b) draw-up a written declaration of conformity; and

      (c) inform the notified body in writing of any intended modification of the system.

        (14) Where a notified body is informed under paragraph (13)(c) above that a manufacturer intends to modify an approved system, it shall-

      (a) assess the modifications proposed and determine whether the modified system would still satisfy the relevant requirements referred to in paragraph (2) above or whether a reassessment is required; and

      (b) inform the manufacturer of its decision in writing, including the conclusions of any examinations and the evaluation carried out.

        (15) A notified body shall, on request, provide the flag member State and the other notified bodies with the relevant information concerning the approvals granted by it, including those withdrawn, under paragraph (4) above.

    EC product verification procedure
         15.  - (1) A manufacturer who decides, in accordance with Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1734, to apply the EC product verification procedure to equipment in respect of which an EC type-examination certificate has been issued, may apply to a notified body for the carrying out of the appropriate examinations; and such an application shall be made in writing and shall include-

      (a) a copy of the EC type-examination certificate in conformity with which the equipment is to be manufactured; and

      (b) a statement as to whether the manufacturer requires the notified body to examine each item of equipment or only such batches of equipment as are selected by the body on a random basis.

        (2) On an application under paragraph (1) above, the notified body shall carry out appropriate examinations and tests in accordance with paragraphs 3, 4.1 and 5.2 (as appropriate), of the section entitled "Product Verification (Module F)", in Annex B of the Directive and set out in Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1734 to check that the equipment complies with the applicable international standards.

        (3) Where, after conducting the appropriate examinations and tests, the notified body is satisfied that an item of equipment has been manufactured in conformity with the EC type-examination certificate it shall affix, or cause to be affixed, to the item its identification control symbol and number and draw-up a written certificate of conformity relating to the examinations and tests carried out.

        (4) Where a notified body carries out the appropriate examinations and tests in relation to a batch of equipment, it shall not affix its identification control symbol or number to any item of equipment in the batch which is not manufactured in accordance with the EC type-examination certificate.

        (5) Where, after conducting the appropriate examinations and tests in relation to a batch of equipment, the notified body is not satisfied as is mentioned in paragraph (3) above it shall inform the manufacturer in writing-

      (a) of its decision;

      (b) of the conclusions of the examinations and tests carried out;

      (c) that the batch of equipment shall not be placed on the market, supplied for use or exposed or offered for supply within the United Kingdom.

        (6) Where a manufacturer's equipment is examined and tested by a notified body under this regulation, the manufacturer or his authorised representative established within the Community shall-

      (a) ensure and declare that the items of equipment conform to the specimen in respect of which the EC type-examination certificate was issued;

      (b) affix the mark referred to in regulation 18 below to each item of equipment to which it relates;

      (c) draw-up a written declaration of conformity;

      (d) keep a copy of the declaration of conformity referred to in sub-paragraph (c) above for at least 10 years after the last item of equipment to which it relates has been manufactured; and

      (e) when the equipment has been placed on board a ship, ensure that he is able to supply the notified body's certificate of conformity referred to in paragraph (3) above, on request, to the ship's flag State.

        (7) The manufacturer shall-

      (a) take all measures necessary to ensure that the manufacturing process ensures that the equipment conforms to the specimen in respect of which the EC type-examination certificate was issued; and

      (b) if the equipment is to be examined in batches-

        (i) present the equipment to the notified body in homogeneous batches; and

        (ii) take all measures necessary to ensure that the manufacturing process ensures the homogeneity of each batch manufactured.

        (8) Where the examinations are carried out on batches of equipment the manufacturer may, with the authority of the notified body conducting the examinations and tests, affix the body's identification control symbol and number to the items of equipment during the manufacturing process.




    Notes:

    [1] 1972 c. 68.back

    [2] S.I. 1994/757.back

    [3] 1995 c. 21.back

    [4] Sections 85 and 86 were amended by the Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Act 1997 (c. 28), section 8 and are applied to hovercraft by the Hovercraft (Application of Enactments) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989/1350).back

    [5] O.J. No. L46, 17.2.97, p. 26, as amended by Commission Directive 98/85/EC, O.J. No. L315, 25.11.98, p. 14.back

    [6] Cmnd. 7874.back

    [7] Cmnd. 3708.back

    [8] The international Regulations are set out in Merchant Shipping Notice No. 1642/COL REG 1.back

    [9] Cmnd. 5748 and Cmnd. 7347.back

    [10] S.I. 1998/1012 amended by S.I. 1999/992.back

     


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