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Noise level certification, exhaust emission certification and technical assistance, measurements and testing

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NOISE LEVEL CERTIFICATION

EXHAUST EMISSION CERTIFICATION

 

A) CERTIFICATION ACCORDING TO EU REGULATIONS

SEE CE MARKING OF CRAFT SECTION)

 

Short legal description

The craft security requirements that must be observed during their construction are regulated by the Royal Decree 2127/2004 (Official State Bulletin of 30 October 2004) pursuant to Directive 94/25/EC, as amended by Directive 2003/44/EC) (See REGULATIONS section)

From 1st January 2006, all recreational craft placed for the first time on the Community market, whether they are new vessels built in the European Union, or new or second hand vessels from third countries, must bear the CE marking denoting compliance with the requirements of the Directive in terms of noise emissions and exhaust emissions.

 

Noise Emissions

The tests serve to measure the level of noise emitted by the hull (friction, slamming, …) and engine assembly. Noise is measured in accordance with standard UNE-EN ISO 14509, unless the craft is exempt on account of its specifications.

Of interest to SHIPYARDS::

Noise measurements cannot be extrapolated to similar vessels, or to similar engines. If you are installing different engines on the same model, please contact us.

Of interest to ENGINE MANUFACTURERS: :

Noise emission of outboard engine models and inboard engines with integral exhaust (sterndrives, saildrive, …) can be tested on a suitable vessel before marketing.

Of interest to PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS::

Before changing an engine, make sure the new one is noise certified.

 

Exhaust Emissions:

Engine exhaust emissions are measured on an appropriate test bench. For the time being, emissions cannot be measured on board because the engine has to be tested at different speeds and with different load conditions. (see the DOWNLOADS section for a list of test benches available in Spain)

Of interest to ENGINE MANUFACTURERS::

You should develop ‘families’ of engines by comparing the engines’ specifications. Different parameters (contact us if in doubt) can be used to establish families and conduct the bench tests with a representative model of the family. The engine in question must be the one with the worst exhaust emissions.

Make sure you keep all the test reports. Engines can also be sold if they have been certified under other directives. ((see our legislation section)). If that is the case, but even so you are interested in being certified according to the Recreational Craft Directive, the tests conducted may be deemed valid if they contain the necessary data.

Of interest to SHIPYARDS::

Make sure that the engine is factory certified, which can be seen in the manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity (CE), which is usually generic for an engine family. Check that the model you want is included on it, and also check the serial nº.

Of interest to PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS::

Remove an engine to have it bench-tested is an expensive operation. It is better to ask the seller for all the information possible about the engine (certificates of origin, plate photography, …) before buying the boat. In case of imported engines, equivalent certificates (EPA, CARB, Bodensee,…) may be considered valid. If in doubt, just ask us.

It is especially important to know the year of manufacture and the year they entered Spain, evidence of which can be found on the SAD (Single Administrative Document) at the time they were imported. Other documents, such as service bills, can be used in certain cases.
Engine changes

An engine change is a very common operation in a pleasure boat, but not knowing about the law can bring problems or even prevent you from using the boat. Before you start replacing one engine with another, we recommend that you check with the Harbour Master in the inspection area. You can also use our Technical Evaluation and Trust Mark Service.
Personal Watercraft

PWCs always have to be noise tested and exhaust gas certified. If you are an engine manufacturer, you must meet the same requirements as for a boat. If you are an individual importing a PWC, it is very important to have the certificates of origin (see above) and to read all the information in the owner’s manual. The noise tests will be conducted according to UNE-EN ISO 14509. Exhaust emissions must be evaluated according to the certificates of origin. It is not impossible to have a PWC bench tested, but you must consider the drawbacks. If there are no certificates, or they are not EU equivalent, the PWC will have to be bench tested in a laboratory ). (see DOWNLOADS section for laboratories in Spain.

N.B. EUROCONTROL may apply trade discounts when assessing several personal watercraft at the same time, but the certification processes (and tests) must be performed for each one.

 

Training

We organize internal and external inspector training courses (see TRAINING section)

B) NOISE CERTIFICATION ACCORDING TO NON-EC REGULATIONS: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, MEASUREMENTS AND TESTING.

EUROCONTROL has calibrated equipment and subject to State metrological control according to Order ITC/2845/2007), meaning that we can perform all types of noise emission measurements, whether they are mandatory requirements or requested voluntarily by the customer, such as:

  • IMO (International Maritime Organisation): Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships (Resolution A.468(XII)
  • SAE standards
  • Swiss regulations