Marine products used onboard UK vessels must now carry the Red Ensign mark, which has replaced the EU Wheel mark. Here’s what you need to know.
Since the beginning of 2023, certification of marine equipment used aboard UK vessels has changed. The Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Wheel mark certifications will no longer be recognised (with some exceptions for spares and equipment manufactured before this date). Instead, marine equipment must bear the UK Conformity Mark – the Red Ensign – showing its compliance with Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Regulations 2016 (MER), as amended. This includes marine insulation.
This change has long been anticipated as the result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Here at ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation, we were prepared for the transition. Several ROCKWOOL SeaRox® products manufactured after 1 January 2023 now carry both the Red Ensign and the Wheel mark. These products are therefore certified for use on both UK- and EU-registered vessels.