THE M.E.D CERTIFICATION
Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC (also known as M.E.D. 96/98/EC and often called M.E.D/MED approval or certification in everyday language) is an authorisation of equipment and products for Marine industry. It is a Council Directive of 20. December 1996. Directive 2014/90/EU repealed Directive 96/98/EC on 18 September 2016.
The Marine Equipment Directive (MED) covers safety related products, including navigation lights, used on ships that are registered under the flags of EU and EFTA states, and which relate to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). The complete range of Lopolight LED Navigation lights are approved to MED, thus proudly displaying the “Wheelmark”.
Each product is covered by 2 certificates: a Module B certificate that is the equivalent to a product type-approval and a Module D certificate – that is the approval to produce the type approved product. Only with both certificates properly maintained can the “Wheelmark” be used.
It is appropriate to note that the MED approval system is ‘world-class’ especially due to the strong demands that the underlying standard EN14744 puts on LED navigation light products.
THE DNV CERTIFICATION
DNV (formerly DNV GL) is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway. The company currently has about 12,000 employees and 350 offices operating in more than 100 countries, and provides services for several industries including maritime, oil & gas, renewable energy, electrification, food & beverage and healthcare.
Lopolight has chosen DNV as the nominated body to issue and survey our MED certificates, the DNV offices in Germany and Norway are jointly assisting Lopolight. Therefore, you will see “Wheelmark” notations from either 0098 or 0575 on the various Lopolight products.
Parallel to the MED work that DNV is doing for Lopolight, we have also chosen DNV to perform ISO 9001 certification, this is a separate system, another department within DNV, but we believe that the additional focus on administrative routines, change management and customer relationships adds to the quality of the Lopolight offering.
THE ABS CERTIFICATION
The American bureau of shipping is an American maritime classification society established in 1862. Its stated mission to promote the security of life, property and the natural environment, primarily through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.
ABS Type approval Lopolight NLC & Navigation lights
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) PDA certificate that is issued to Lopolight is covering both the full range of our Navigation Lights and the Navigation Light Control and Monitoring system (NLC). The support for this certificate includes 3rd party testing to IACS E10, IEC 60529, IEC 60945 and MSC 253(83).
This PDA certificate has far reaching potential not only among other classification societies, but also for all ABS classed vessels.
THE USCG´S CERTIFICATION
Coast Guard documentation is a process that has existed for many years. The documentation is a national registration of vessels and was enacted by Congress. The documentation is mandatory for all commercial vessels and is voluntary for large recreational boats. Going through documentation and becoming part of the registry provides evidence of the nationality of a vessel and helps boat owners like yourself that may seek to finance for a vessel by providing preferred mortgage status to lenders.
The United States Coast Guard has a difficult task controlling and policing the use and safety of navigation lights as the UL1104 standard governing this field is quite dated. From a dialogue with the industry, where Lopolight was honored to be chosen as a partner assisting in the creation of a system of type approval described in the USCG Marine Safety Center Technical Note (MTN) No. 01-18. This allows LED navigation lights to comply with the governing standard UL1104.
To our knowledge only one navigation light manufacturer has shown testing and compliance to MTN 01-18 – Lopolight!
All Lopolight navigation lights comply to USCG requirements and are marked with “USCG X NM” where the X is the minimum visible distance of the light.