Waterborne transport 

Standardization in waterborne transport touches mainly three different areas, which are:

  • Inland navigation

    For the parts of Europe connected to the Rhine-Danube system as well as the Baltic and North seas, inland navigation (and short sea shipping) remains one of the most environmentally friendly transport solutions. Today, the renewal of fleets, in order to maintain efficiency is essential. The volume of goods transported by inland navigation vessels is slightly increasing in comparison with rail transport.

    The changes in Europe such as the inland market, the increase in East-West transport, the different transport conditions, different economic and social systems require a high level of flexibility in this complex transport system.
    Due to the long lifecycle of inland navigation vessels, the new construction volume is not very important and has little influence on the total shipbuilding; therefore, retrofitting needs to be considered.

  • Marine equipment

  • Recreational craft

Although there is not so much activity nowadays in the mass production of see-going vessels, there is still, thanks to the wide and active inland navigation system in Europe, room for standardization in this domain. Moreover, Europe is one of the most creative region in terms of design and marketing of recreational craft.

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Technical bodies and activities

  • CEN/TC 15 - 'Inland navigation vessels'
    This standard aims at developing standards on technical details in order to harmonize the safety levels and the interfaces between the inland navigation system (consisting of ships, waterways and cargo-handling facilities) and the transport systems.

Sector Forum

A Sector Forum is a platform aiming at facilitating the exchange of information between the different stakeholders, coordinating and identifying the standardization needs in a specific field of CEN work.
There is no sector forum in this area, but a CEN/BT WG 69 'Small Craft' is co-ordinating the relations between the ISO/TC 188 'Small Craft' and the specific Recreational Craft activities in Europe.

European legislation and mandates

1) Inland navigation
The activities of the CEN Technical Committee 15 on Inland navigation vessels are influenced by the European Commission's Directive 2016/1629/EU laying down technical requirements for inland waterway vessels.
2) Marine equipment
The European Commission regulation (CE) N° 2099/2002 (pdf format) defines inputs to be provided by CEN Technical Committees to the Commitee on Safe Seas (COSS), among others to develop the technical annexes (A.1, A.2) of the European Commission’s Marine Equipment Directive (96/98/EC).

CEN members and CEN Technical Committees are regularly kept informed on the progress of the revision of Annexes A.1 and A.2 and the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre is happy to collect any further information on standards that could be referred in future amendments of those two technical annexes.
3) Recreational craft
- European Commission's Directive 94/25/EC
Standards in the recreational craft's field are supporting the Essential Requirements of the European Commission's Directive 94/25/EC (Annex II). The link between the standards or draft standards is clearly defined in the 'Recreational Craft Directive and comments to the directive combined'.
Meetings to adjust the programme of work and to co-ordinate the activities between European Commission, Industry (ICOMIA), Notified Bodies (RSG) and the Standardization Bodies regularly take place. The Vice-Chairman and Secretary of ISO/TC 188 (who are also the Convenor and Secretary of BT/WG 69) are closely involved.

- Programme of work
Further details on the standardization programme of work supporting the Directive 94/25/EC are available on Directives and Standards in the'new approach' Area. This site provides access to lists of European Standards and drafts developed by CEN, CENELEC and ETSI in the context of the new approach of the European Single Market.
Harmonized European Standards

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