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Navigation Systems

Navigation equipment test and certification can be a time-consuming process as it follows a complex set of requirements and standards

What are navigation systems?

Navigation equipment, including radar, electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) and track control systems, is one of the many product types used on ships that are covered by the Marine Equipment Directive (MED). Under the MED, manufacturers of navigation equipment cannot self-declare that their product is compliant. Instead, they must undertake testing, type examination and production control, before certification with a European Union (EU) Notified body.

Why is navigation system testing Important?

While this approvals process is primarily for entry into the European market, certification requires that the product is compliant with relevant International Maritime Organization resolutions, so MED certificates are widely accepted throughout the world. Additionally, as navigation radar is a radiodetermination product, it falls under the scope of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED). Navigation equipment without the appropriate certification will be denied market entry by the regulating authorities and end customers will refuse to purchase untested and uncertified products.

The following regulations apply to maritime navigation systems:

  • IEC 62288 – a test standard under the MED which specifies the general requirements, methods of testing, and required test results for the presentation of navigation-related information on shipborne navigational displays
  • IEC 61174 – a test standard under the MED which relates to the operational and performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results for ECDIS
  • IEC 62065 – a test standard under the MED which specifies the minimum operational and performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results for track control systems
  • EN 302 248 – a test standard under the RED which covers navigation radar for use on non-SOLAS vessels

  • IEC 62388 – a test standard under the MED which covers navigation radar for use on SOLAS vessels
  • IEC 62923 – a test standard under the MED which covers Bridge alert management for use on SOLAS vessels
  • IEC 61162 – a test standard series under the MED which covers Digital interfaces for use on SOLAS vessels

Why choose TÜV SÜD for navigation system testing?

Navigation equipment test and certification can be a time-consuming process as it follows a complex set of requirements and standards. Our close relationship with TÜV SÜD BABT / TÜV SÜD Denmark means that you will receive a smooth and speedy testing and certification process, with one single point of contact to manage your programme.

TÜV SÜD’s state-of-the-art laboratories and test sites are equipped to carry out a wide range of relevant tests, giving you a single-source solution for meeting MED and RED requirements, which will minimise time to market for your marine products. Our technical experts are also actively involved in international advisory boards and standards development activities, so you can always be assured that your product is fully compliant.

TÜV SÜD services

TÜV SÜD is accredited to provide a complete test and certification service for marine navigation equipment for standards including IEC 62288, EN 302 248, IEC 61174 and IEC 62065. Our certification bodies TÜV SÜD BABT / TÜV SÜD Denmark are EU Notified Body under the MED and RED, and is therefore authorised to evaluate marine equipment for compliance with the requirements of both directives.

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