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.