CE marking of new unloading facility
FF Skagen was to construct a new loading facility in the port in Skagen in order to make the unloading of fish faster and easier for the fishermen. In addition, the aim was to improve the work conditions for the staff with a focus on loading speed, handling of waters and gentle processing of the fish. The former loading facility did not support this, which meant that FF Skagen was in an unfavourable position in terms of receiving and loading large trawlers. It used to take 30 hours to load a trawler, whereas the new facility means that the same procedure takes only 10 hours. The new facility has a maximum capacity of 500 m3 per hour.
Before the new loading facility could begin operating it had to be CE marked in order to meet the Machinery Directive’s requirements of health and safety, and technical documentation had to be prepared. The overall objective of the project was to ensure that FF Skagen would be able to load from trawlers with their own loading pumps. Process Engineering’s role in the project was to CE mark the new facility, including project management and a control function of sub-suppliers, guidance in terms of modification of, among other things, safety shielding and sound and other safety functions such as visual and auditory functions.
The loading facility consists of three separate pumping lines:
- Line for self-loading – up to 500 [m3/h]. The vessel’s own loading pump is used here
- Line for FF loading pump – up to 15 [m3/h]
- Line for FF vacuum loading – op til 500 [m3/h]
The amount of documentation that must be prepared in order to meet the Machinery Directive’s requirements is not insignificant and includes, for instance, a technical dossier, a declaration of conformity and a risk assessment.
This is why, after a kick-off meeting at FF Skagen, we prepared a plan for the CE marking that included:
- Review of the entire system in partnership with the project manager from FF Skagen
- Preparation of a list of all the required and applicable directives and standards
- Review and check of all documentation from various sub-suppliers
- Preparation of the technical dossier on the basis of documentation, drawings, PI diagrams, manuals, test reports, electricity documentation, etc.
- Preparation of risk assessment, an inspection round (regarding the most significant safety and health requirements) plus a review of how to put the system into operation
- Filling in of the declaration of conformity declaration and manufacture of a CE marking plate for the system
After having agreed this with FF Skagen, we also provided advice for a range of their sub-suppliers about CE marking and helped them keep abreast of the most recent requirements.
The project ran over two years, which resulted in 15,000 pages of documentation in 36 folders. We prepared a complete manual for the entire system in accordance with the new EN 20607 in order to meet the requirements of the year 2020. The documentation was prepared physically as well as digitally and these two versions correspond exactly to each other. Process Engineering will keep the technical dossier for at least ten years.
Service and scope of the project
Our service and the scope of the project include:
- Risk assessment report
- Declaration of conformity
- Overall documentation for use in connection with the CE marking
- Preparation of CE marking plate
- CE marking of machines that were not CE marked
- Preparation of complete documentation for, for instance, the hose reels
- Manual for the entire loading facility
- Advice on sound
- Advice on securing work processes, including workplace risk assessment
- Advice for FF Skagen’s sub-suppliers
- Emergency stop strategy in accordance with EN 13850, which resulted in 22 emergency stops
- Statutory control of the system prior to the system being put into operation