(cont.)

Please find following the procedure to be applied for PCA in regards to:

A. Design and Construction

A.1. Boat Design Categories: 

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.2.1. Craft identification:

The scope of the requirement is to identify each craft with some indications relevant to the Manufacturer. In case such information are missing or unidentified (e.g.: the date of build or model year when the builder is unknown) it becomes the responsible person's duty to act as though he was the original builder and include such details in the CIN. The NB should assign the MIC for Recreational craft which are subject to PCA in combination with a digit code to allow unique identification.  

A.2.2. Builder's plate:

The responsible person takes the role of the manufacturer and includes his name on the plate.

A.2.3. Protection from falling overboard and means of reboarding:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.2.4. Visibility from the main steering position:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.2.5. Owner's manual:

The responsible person shall ensure that the manual is provided in accordance with the relevant standard.

A.3.1. Structure:

In order to assess the strength of the structure it is recommended to obtain as much information as possible concerning hull construction and scantlings (e.g.: past acceptability by Certification Bodies or Local Authorities or declaration of conformity in accordance with the Annex III of the Directive) and any possible empirical data (e.g.: details of voyages undertaken or record relevant to adequate experience of safe operation in an area where the sea and weather condition are not less than those applicable in the Design Category). If there is insufficient documentation to assess construction of the boat or insufficient empirical data to demonstrate adequate strength compliance, then tests may also be carried out. A hull inspection should then be carried out in order to assess satisfactorily the conditions of the boat.

A.3.2. and A.3.3 Stability & Freeboard and Buoyancy & Flotation:

For all design categories, the Notified Body is required to have assessed this Essential Safety Requirement according to the relevant standard.

For A and B category boats, if there is insufficient documentation to assess stability and buoyancy with the harmonised stability standard, it is required to obtain as much information as possible concerning stability and buoyancy (e.g.: past acceptability by Certification Bodies or Local Authorities) or any possible historical data (e.g.: record of voyages undertaken in safe operation in an area where the sea and weather condition are not less than those applicable in the corresponding Design Category) which may permit to define the design category, the maximum number of persons and the maximum load capacity.

For C and D category boats, if there is insufficient documentation to assess stability and buoyancy, tests have to be conducted to assess stability and buoyancy and to define the design category, the maximum number of persons and the maximum load capacity.

A.3.4. Openings in the hull, deck and superstructure:

Tightness degree test and strength assessment relevant to the installation of the appliances according to EN ISO 12216:2002 is required. This test may be omitted provided that a visual inspection is carried out satisfactorily and adequate experience in the use may be demonstrated.

A.3.5. Flooding:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.3.6. Manufacturer's Recommended Maximum Load:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard. The maximum load, crew limit and design category are strictly linked. The relationship between the three items is given in the Stability and Buoyancy Standard

A.3.7. Liferaft stowage:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.3.8. Escape:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.3.9. Anchoring, mooring and towing:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.4. Handling characteristics:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.5.1. Engine and engine spaces:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard. In the absence of satisfactory information insulating materials may be tested and the relevant results included in the Technical Documentation

A.5.2. Fuel system:

Compliance of the fuel system may be assessed by mean of an inspection of the fuel system and parts of it as installed on the lines, including filling, venting and return hoses, connection to the tanks, fuel filters, any shut-off valves or auxiliary equipment. In case of petrol system, non-ignition protected components are required to be replaced in the engine compartment. Fuel tanks are to be inspected as installed to ascertain any corrosion or leaking areas, tests may be required.

A.5.3. Electrical system:

Inspection of the installed system including batteries, generators, switches, battery chargers is to be carried out as applicable. Information is required to verify the characteristics of the electrical cables and protection systems

A.5.4. Steering system:

Compliance with the relevant standards is to be assessed as applicable. A functional test is required.

A.5.5 Gas system:

A general inspection of the system including gas storage, gas cylinders, piping hoses, pressure devices and ventilation is required, tests may be required.

A.5.6. Fire protection:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.5.7. Navigation lights:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.5.8. Discharge prevention:

Assessed by the Notified Body according to the relevant standard.

A.6. Inflatable boats and RIBs:

The assessment procedure should be similar to craft assessment, but with additional application of the harmonised standard for RIBs as far as practical.

A.7. Personal Watercraft (PWC):

The assessment procedure should be similar to craft assessment, but with additional application of the harmonised standard for PWC as far as practical.

Equivalent conformity can also be achieved by certification against all of the following SAE Standards:

  • J2566 : Personal Watercraft--Display of Persons Capacity Information

  • J2034 : Personal Watercraft Ventilation Systems

  • J1973 : Personal Watercraft--Flotation

  • J2120 : Personal Watercraft--Electrical Systems

  • J2046 : Personal Watercraft Fuel Systems

  • J2608 : Off Throttle Steering Capabilities of Personal Watercraft

 

B. Exhaust Emissions

The exhaust emissions of a specific engine may be approved, under PCA only, by any of the following means:

1. Compliance with the requirements of RCD 2013/53/EU proven by:

a.   CE marking/dataplate on the engine and the corresponding DoC, or

b.  actual tests in accordance with the harmonised standard

c.   reports/documentation, that can be linked to the specific units under assessment, that show the emissions are below the Iimits prescribed by either of the Directives above.

2. Compliance with the 'comparative' regulations listed below.

3.  Confirming the engine's exclusion from the scope of RCD on the basis that it was in service or placed on the market in EEA before January 2006 (when exhaust emissions were first introduced by RCD 2003/44/EC).

For PCA of used watercraft the Notified Body should take additionally into account the history of the maintenance and use of the engine and should assess the condition of the watercraft and the engine in order to be ensured about the watercraft's equivalent compliance with the exhaust emission requirements.

Comparative Regulations tor Cl Engines tor engines rated below 37 kW

•    EU Directive 97/68/EC [stage II], compliance shown by Iabel on engine according to Annex I Subclause 3 & type approval certificate

•    US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2002 Recreational Engine Rule, signed on September 13, 2002, compliance shown by Iabel on engine according to 40 CFR § 94.212 [40 CFR Part 89 et a1.][67 FR 68241-68447, 8 Nov 2002],

•    US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1999 (Commercial) Marine Engine Rule, signed on October 23, 1999, compliance shown by Iabel on engine according to 40 CFR § 94.212 [40 CFR Parts 89, 92][64 FR 64 73300-73373, 29 Oec 1999]

Comparative Regulations tor Cl Engines regardless the rating

•    EU Directive 97/68/EC as amended by EU Directive 2004/26/EC (stage lilA IIIB, IV), compliance shown by Iabel on engine according to Annex  I Subclause 3 & type approval certificate (applicable until 31 December 2018, with the exception of the propulsion engines of P=56-130 KW where the rules are applicable until 31 December 2019)

•    EU Regulation (EC) 595/2009 as amended (Heavy Duty Vehicles). Any Ievel of emissions included in this regulation. Compliance shown by marking on engine according to section 3 of Annex I  to Regulation (EU) No 582/2011

•  US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2008 Category 1 and 2 Marine Engine Rule, signed on March 14, 2008, Recreational Watercraft up to a displacement of 7 l/cyl covered in Category 1, compliance shown by Iabel on engine according to 40 CFR § 94.212 [40 CFA PaJt 9, 85 et a/.}[73 FA 88 25098-25352, 6 May 2008)

 

Comparative Regulations tor SI Engines

SD/I Engines:

•   Marine engines covered by the US Environmental Proteetion Ageney (EPA) 2008 Non Road SI rule - Source: Control of Emissions From Nonroad Spark-lgnition Engines and equipment; Final Rule - 40 CFR Parts 9, 60, 80 e al.][73 FR 59033-59380, 8 Oe 2008] Relevant part: Marine SI engines under 40 CFR part 1045, pages 59194-59231 Exhaus emission Iimits: SD/1 engines 40 CFR part 1045.105, page 59197-59198, Complianee shown by Iabei on engine aee. to 40 CFR part 1045.135

•   Barclays official California Code of Regulations, Title 13. Motor Vehicles, Division 3. Air Resources Board, Chapter 9. Off-road vehicles and engines pollution control devices, Article 4.7. Spark-lgnition Marine Engines. This Article consists of seetion 2440-2448 SD/1 Rule (4 Star rating), compliance is shown by he emission control label on engine according to 13 CA ADC § 2443.1 Clause C

OB/PWC Engines:

•   Lake Constance Shipping Ordinance (BSO - Bodenseeschifffahrtsordnung) [stage 2], compliance shown by numbered, individual type-certificate for exhaust coming with the individual engine acc. to BSO Annex C

•   Marine engines covered by the US Environmental Protection Ageney (EPA) 2008 Non Road SI rule - Source: Control of Emissions From Nonroad Spark-lgnition Engines and equipment; Final Rule - 40 CFR Parts 9, 60, 80 e al.][73 FR 59033-59380, 8 Oc 2008] Relevant part: Marine SI engines under 40 CFR part 1045, pages 59194-59231 Exhaus emission Iimits: OB and PWC engines 40 CFR part 1045.103, page 59197, Compliance shown by Iabel on engine according to 40 CFR part 1045.135

•   Barclays official California Code of Regulations, Title 13. Motor Vehicles, Division 3. Air Resources Board, Chapter 9. 0 for road vehicles and engines pollution control devices, Artiele 4. 7. Spark-lgnition Marine Engines. This Article consists of section 2440-2448 OB/PWC Rule (3 Star rating), complianee is shown by the emission control label on engine according to 13 CA ADC § 2443.1 Clause C

C. Noise Emissions

The Notified Body is fully involved in post construction assessment.
All inboard powered craft and PWC shall undergo individual noise assessment according to the harmonised standard EN ISO 14509 Part1.
For PCA of used craft the Notified Body should take into account the history of the maintenance and use of the engine and should assess the condition of the craft and the engine in order to ensure compliance with the noise limit values.
In case there is more than one craft of a production type having identical engines, exhaust and propulsion arrangements being subject to PCA, the NB may identify and assess one craft as a master craft and take this as a reference for assessing the other craft on their equivalent conformity with the noise emission requirements.

D. Components listed in Annex II

Components not CE certified in compliance with the RCD are to be inspected according to the relevant standards as applicable. In case such components are found not in compliance they are to be replaced.

E. Technical documentation

The person who places the product on the market and/or puts it into service must provide the notified body with any available document and technical file referring to the first placing on the market of the product in the country of origin.
The notified body shall examine the individual product. The list given on minimum survey activities (chapter G. VII c) "Procedures to be applied for module G") should be used.
The NB shall carry out calculations and other assessment to ensure its equivalent conformity with the relevant requirements of the Directive. If the provided available document and technical file is not sufficient to carry out these assessments and calculations, additional technical documentation may need to be generated in order to allow the notified body to ensure the assessment of equivalent conformity.

F. Documents to be issued by the Notified Body

Report of Conformity - This report includes the assessment results per relevant Essential Requirement and includes information to the applicant with regard to his obligations.