Jan-Kees van der Ven opens discussion of a ‘risk based EMC approach’ as new co-convenor of MT 21

04 January 2021


Recently, Jan-Kees van der Ven has been appointed as co-convenor of MT 21 (Maintenance Team 21) during the plenary meeting of TC 18. In this new function Jan-Kees van der Ven wants to open the discussion about the possibility to add a ‘risk based EMC approach’ to maritime EMC standards. Such an approach could enable yards and system integrators to deal with new challenges, like the one of LED lights interfering with VHF reception, which at this moment is discussed within IMO (International Maritime Organization).

Focus on standards related to Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

TC 18 is the Technical Committee from IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) that prepares standards for electrical installations and equipment of ships and of mobile and fixed offshore units, incorporating good practice and aligning as far as possible existing regulations and IEC Publications. MT 21 focusses on standards related to Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).

Next step towards cost reduction and early adoption of new technologies

The interesting aspect of this approach is that it provides a way of work to, from EMC point of view, safely integrate regular equipment (not specifically intended for the maritime environment) on board ships. This enables the designer to use a wider variety of equipment which can result in a cost reductions and early adoption of new technology.

At this moment Nancy Omollo, a PhD student in the PETER project (Pan-European Training, Research and Education Network on Electro Magnetic Risk Management) of the European Union, is doing research to scientifically substantiate this approach.

Jan-Kees gained his experience in EMC when working for RH Marine as a consultant specialized in EMC and has already used this experience participating in a team with among others Lloyd’s Register that investigated the EMC risk based approach and which resulted in the integration of this approach in the Lloyd’s Naval Rules.

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