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IEC 60945 Testing

Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - general requirements

What is IEC 60945?

IEC 60945 is an international standard which specifies minimum performance requirements, methods of testing, and required test results for maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems. This includes:

  • Shipborne radio equipment that will be used as part of the global maritime distress and safety system required by the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels.
  • Shipborne navigational equipment required by SOLAS and the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels, as well as other navigational aids where appropriate.
  • Other bridge-mounted equipment, equipment in close proximity to receiving antennas, and equipment capable of interfering with safe navigation of the ship and with radio-communications (EMC tests only).

Why is IEC 60945 testing important?

IEC 60945 covers a range of EMC, environmental and safety testing. As marine equipment is subject to extremely harsh operating conditions, shipbuilders and end customers will usually reject untested products outright. Manufacturers whose products are not tested and certified by a reputable third-party will therefore find it extremely difficult to access the marine equipment market and acquire customers.

Why choose TÜV SÜD for IEC 60945 testing?

TÜV SÜD’s globally accredited laboratories (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025) have one of the largest environmental testing portfolios in the world. Our experts have been conducting climatic testing and mechanical shock and vibration testing on marine equipment for over 50 years. We are also one of the world’s largest electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing service providers. Our experts deliver a highly flexible service to fit with your business needs and time to market goals, as accredited testing can either be performed at our advanced test laboratories or off-site at your premises.

TÜV SÜD services

TÜV SÜD’s test facilities can simulate either single or multiple environmental conditions simultaneously. Any test not on our UKAS scope, but which is within our capability, can be added quickly through our flexible schedule, which is a rare privilege granted to us by our accrediting authority.

Our test capabilities include:

  • Climatic - our test chambers are continuously monitored by independent computer-controlled data collection systems, and cover extremes of temperature, altitude, humidity, temperature cycling, solar heating and corrosive atmospheres.
  • Ingress protection - we assess equipment to its appropriate IP code to ensure the effectiveness of enclosures against the intrusion of solid bodies and/or liquid. Test services include IP1x to IP6x (protection against objects) and IPx1 to IPx8 (protection against liquids).
  • Vibration - our vibration shakers are controlled and monitored by state-of-the-art equipment and software to produce a range of profiles, including sinusoidal, random, sine-on-random and bump.
  • EMC testing - our testing facilities are among the most comprehensively equipped in Europe and will help you ensure the product’s electromagnetic compatibility to meet regulatory requirements, improve product performance and reduce the risk of costly non-compliance.


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