CE Marking Paperwork: ‘Name Tags’ for All Kinds of Boats

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Getting your private yacht approved for travel in beautiful Europe is only a matter of doing the right paperwork. Before you can set sail for European waters, there are a number of things, mainly regarding the condition of your craft, which you need to answer. Conformity is not just for the sake of your safety aboard your yacht but also for the people living in towns and cities you stop by. It is for this reason that boat CE marking is mandatory.

The boat CE marking process is mostly inspection work on the craft itself for environmental and structural issues. Marine crafts have to follow the regulations set by the European Union council to be allowed to sail across the continent’s waters. Important details, such as gas emissions and hull design, are all inspected by CE marking agents. After approval, agents give marine craft owners a document package containing credentials stating that the boat is okay for travel.

CE Plate. Acting as the name tag for marine crafts, the CE plate is normally a sticker that is put on a conspicuous part of the boat. The plate contains information about the marine craft: maximum cargo capacity, design category, and basic details about the importer. The plate also contains the trademark CE logo on the upper right corner. The logo has to look exactly like the design approved by the CE mandate to be considered valid.

Declaration of Conformity. This back-to-back document is proof that the boat has passed CE marking standards, making it suitable for maritime travel. Details about the requirements for conformity are listed here, as well as remarks on rectified and non-rectified requirements. Although this document is effective for ten years and can be passed, a new declaration of conformity has to be issued if the owner plans on modifying his boat.

Owner’s Manual.  This manual is different from the one issued by the boat manufacturer, which usually comes with purchase of the boat. The owner’s manual contains general specifications of the craft and pictures of the boat from the inside to the outside. The owner’s manual is designed to be an additional source to the information already provided in the manufacturer’s handbook. Some conformity credentials can also be found on the last few pages of the manual.

It is imperative that you carry these documents with you on the boat in case of emergency. Port or marine authorities may ask you for proof of boat CE marking during your European cruise. Having the documents ready avoids mechanical and credential problems along the way, ensuring you of a hassle-free trip.

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This article was published on 2011/11/15