What is CE Marking?

We are in the business of dealing in super boats not only in the United States of America but also in Europe and the rest of the world.

Businesses who want to import recreational craft such as a luxury super boat or those who want to build such craft for the purpose of sale need to know about the CE marking. CE is Conformite Europeanne. This is a required mark conveying compliance proof with the Recreational Craft Directive.

You need to know that all the super boats which are built for the purpose of leisure and sports with the length of their hull being between two and a half and twenty four meters are under the requirement by the RCD or the Recreational Craft Directive. These boats have to be CE marked by law before they are sent out into the European waters.

Features of CE Marking

CE marking is a demanding and a highly complicated procedure and it cannot be under-estimated by businesses related with super boats. This process needs technical knowledge and a good deal of skill and preparation. Builders who are responsible for the CE marking are required to present support documentation to prove that they are original builders or importers. A sports boat requires a great deal of evidence that has to be collected and documented.

How will this certification help?

People who are in the business of building boats or contemplating on importing boats for their use from overseas need help and guidance to make sure that they comply with all legal requirements. There are companies like ours who offer professional services that cover many aspects of CE marking and certification. Our comprehensive services will include everything, ranging from systems testing to preparation of complex calculations in relation to the boats’ structure as well as stability. We have plenty of experience in handling the Recreational Craft Directive. We take care of the CE markings for all types of vessels.

What does CE marking involve?

The Recreational Craft Directive needs the importers and the builders to confirm how they have complied with all the necessary safety requirements and international standards that have been laid down. To give you an example, they are required to make sure that the vessel is strong enough structurally to operate in conditions laid down by ISO 12215. Documentary evidence and the required calculations have to be explained to prove the compliance. We ensure that we stick to these instructions by using the ISO standards that apply. This is completed in a technical construction file which gives all evidence and information.

The vessel has to accompany its Owner’s Manual. This manual has to include all the necessary information that is required by the RCD and other international standards. A DoC (Declaration of Conformity) has to be presented and signed by the person responsible and authorized. This is needed for the inspection by the port and harbour authorities, brokers, surveyors and insurance companies.

The boat should have a Builder’s Plate which is displayed clearly along with the CE marking and relevant information. This information has to include the capacity (number of persons that can be carried by the boat), the additional weight that is allowed and maximum power allowed along with the category of design.

The boat also has to carry a Hull Identification Number (HIN) that shows the code of the country and the builder. The information has to include the model year and the year of make. A serial number has to be included which identifies the boat. Some boats have to submit a Notified Body to get approved.

Advantages of Certification

We have the necessary experience as consultants for importers in Europe and the United Kingdom. We will offer solutions if there is any redesigning necessary in case of the boats not meeting with the certification requirements. The Recreational Craft Directive has added a recent amendment to its requirements which needs the sound of the boat to be tested. The sound has to be checked for the sonic boom.

Business of importing boats is big in Europe. Boats that are made in the United States of America have been cheaper than those made in Europe. With dollar falling against Euro, more boats are being imported and the majority of these boats are second-hand sports boats.

When companies require CE marking of more than one boat model, the paperwork and the workload gets educed and the cost becomes economical as the subsequent boats of similar model will be certified at a reduced price, regardless of whether they are available for inspection at one time or not.

This interesting video tells you all about CE marking and why it is necessary for the business of buying and selling boats, http://youtu.be/WuB_oFnZguY.