Summary of the main changes in the new RCD

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WG 69 N 131, Revised Recreational Craft Directive, 2013 53 EC - Summary
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Attached document from CEN/BT/WG 69 summarize the differences between the new Recreational
Craft Directive 2013/53/EC and the present RCD 94/25/EC
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Small craft
CEN/BT WG 69 N 131
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Revised Recreational Craft Directive, 2013/53/EC - Summary
Timelines from „entry into force“
Publication in Official Journal of the EU (OJEU) 28 December 2013
+ 20 days
- „entry into force“ (17 Jan 2014)
+ 2 years
- end of transposition period
- preparation
*1994/25/EC repealed and new RCD must be implemented into national law
+ 1 year
- end of transitional period
- time frame for change
*during which 1994/25/EC and RCD revision can be both applied
Main general changes
• Deletion of descriptors to design categories (Ocean, ...) and geographical areas (coastal
waters, estuaries, ...) – description only through wind speeds and wave heights
• New definitions for clarification (key element „watercraft“)
• Introduction of „private importer“ (closing current loopholes in grey imports?)
• Importers required to provide their details on products
• Module PCA – More stringent procedure on Post Construction Assessment
• Deletion of mandatory references to harmonised standards (exhaust and noise emission
measurement) requiring re-wording of conformity assessment modules more focussing on
use/non-use of harmonised standards.
Changes to essential requirements
Annex I.A.2.3. Protection from falling overboard and means of reboarding – means of
reboarding shall be accessible to or deployable by a person in the water unaided.
Annex I.A.2.4 Visibility from the main steering position applicable to all craft (change to
include sailing vessels)
Annex I.A.3.3. Buoyancy and flotation/3.8 Escape – new wording introducing stability
assessment for multihulls
Annex I.A.5.1.6. – “killcord” requirement for tiller steered OB engines
Annex I.A.5.1.6. – deletion of mandatory tank ventilation for all tanks applicable only to
petrol fuel tank spaces
Annex I.A.5.3. Electrical system – addressing electric propulsion
Annex I.A.5.5. Gas system – appliance requirement of flame failure deleted (covered by
gas appliance directive)
Annex I.5.8. – Water protection – holding tank requirement
Annex I.B – New engine emission limits – alignment with EPA 2010/CARB
including test cycles* and test fuels
*on-going work to produce harmonised standard – impossible to harmonise ISO 8178 but new (temporary small craft) standard
copy/paste under involvement of ISO 8178 parent committee
New categorization (OLD SI 2T/4T, CI):
SI OB – Spark ignition outboard
SI IB – Spark ignition inboard – catalyst rule
CI – Compression ignition
*for engines >37kW, current limits will remain applicable for engines <37kW