WheelMark to Marine Equipment - Introduction Wheelmark
The mark which is affixed to products in compliance with the Marine Equipment Directive consists of a ships wheel together with the identification number of the Notified Body which carries out the production surveillance together with the last 2 digits of the year of manufacture.
The Marine Equipment Directive 96/98 EN has come into force on January st 1999 and covers a range of equipment carried on board ships registered under the flags of the European Union Member States. It was established to ensure that equipment which must comply with the requirements of international conventions (e.g. SOLAS) agreed by the International Maritime Organization also meets common standards of safety and performance across the EU. Approval requirements are also harmonized which ensures certificates issued in one Member State are accepted by all States across the EU. The Directive applies to all ‘Community Registered Ships’ and is mandatory from January 1, 2001.
With effect from 1st January 2001, certain safety equipment on ships registered in the EU/EFTA area has had to comply with the requirements of the Marine equipment Directive. Such equipment must be marked with the official symbol of a ship's wheel to show that it complies.