Life-saving and s.i. articles, extinguisher, sign and sticker

SOLAS stands for Safety Of Life At Sea and describes the requirements to be satisfied by seagoing vessels. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is an international convention first passed in 1914. It was passed in response to the disaster with the Titanic in 1912.

In 1948 the participating member states of the United Nations decided to set up an organisation which specialised in safety at sea, the International Maritime Organization (IMO). SOLAS has come under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) since 1954.

IMO is responsible for compliance with SOLAS, although this task is subcontracted increasingly to classification societies.

The Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC (MED 96/98/EC)
comprises the requirements established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for commercial shipping. These requirements apply to all new ships and to all existing ships which have not yet been fitted with approved equipment.

The MED 96/98/EC applies to the following parts of the shipping equipment:

• life-saving equipment;
• prevention of sea pollution;
• fire protection;
• navigation equipment;
• radio communication equipment.

The MED 96/98/EC relates to the EU requirements for transport and international maritime conventions (IMO, SOLAS) and international standards (IEC, ISO). Equipment which has been approved is given the mark of conformity, a ship’s wheel.


Since 2015, the CESNI Committee has regularly updated and published the European Standard laying down Technical Requirements for Inland Navigation vessels (ES-TRIN). This standard lays down the uniform technical requirements necessary to ensure the safety of inland navigation vessels. It is available in four languages (German, English, French, Dutch) and brings together in a standardised way the requirements previously contained in directive 2006/87/EC and in the Rhine vessel inspection regulations. It contains provisions on inland navigation vessel construction and equipment, special provisions for certain categories of vessels such as passenger and container vessels, provisions on the model of inland navigation vessel certificate as well as instructions on how to apply the technical standard.

References to ES-TRIN are now included in the legal frameworks of the EU and the CCNR (respectively directive (EU) 2016/1629 and Rhine vessel inspection regulations). The Danube Commission also decided in 2017 to recommend the standard in its international instruments and the International Sava River Basin Commission intends to create a reference to the standard in its legal framework. In other words, ES-TRIN has been established, with great effort, as the centrepiece and baseline for the technical requirements for inland navigation vessels in Europe and has contributed to the reinforcement of governance at the European level.


Life buoys
Life buoy accessories
Life raft
Flotation aids
Life jackets
Life jackets, co2 cartridges
Survival suit
Rescue clothing
Fire extinguishers
Es-trin articles
Signs and stickers
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