Global maritime trade continues to grow annually. IEC Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems help the industry to meet the appropriate environmental, safety and performance targets
Sustainable, safe and modern shipping
The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the specialized United Nations agency which sets global standards for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping, has announced a strategy to halve greenhouse gases from the shipping industry by 2050.
IEC collaborates with IMO and has taken on the role of developing international standards for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS), an internationally agreed set of safety procedures and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue ships in distress.
In addition, IEC develops numerous standards which help to prepare an increasingly sustainable future for maritime transport, from electric-propelled ships to renewable energy systems which can be adapted to shipping. These standards are key in helping the industry clean up its act and continue prospering in the 21st Century.
IEC Technical Committees and Conformity Assessment
Two IEC TCs relate specifically to the maritime industry:
Many other TCs develop standards which are relevant to maritime transport, including IEC TC 23: Electrical accessories which publish standards on ship couplers for high-voltage shore connection systems.
IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems ensure that the specifications established in the various standards used by maritime transport are met. Among the four CA systems administered by the IEC, IECEE has a scheme which applies to batteries, chargers and charging stations, for instance. They can be tested for safety, performance, component interoperability, energy efficiency, electromagnetic compatibility, hazardous substances, chemicals and safety in the case of an explosion.