European Hull Data Base (EHDB)

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The EU Directive 2006/87/EC, the Rhine Shipping Examination Regulations (RheinSchUO) and EC Regulation 164/2010 establish the minimum set of hull data to be exchanged among vessel certification authorities and RIS Authorities. The European Hull Database (EHDB) facilitates this data exchange.
The information is needed for:

  • Vessel certification authorities - to avoid assigning more than one European Vessel Identification Numbers (ENIs) for one vessel
  • RIS Authorities - for several RIS applications such as keeping lock diaries and preparing lock statistics
Directive 2013/49/EU requires the national authorities to update the datasets at a regular basis.

The development of the EHDB and the pilot operation started in March 2009 and ended in October 2012 within the Platina project. The main objective of this phase was to provide a pilot service to the first users (national authorities) and to gradually interconnect with additional vessel certification authorities and RIS authorities. After successful operation of the EHDB in a project modus, the operations were taken over by the European Commission in March 2016.

By now more than 13.800 vessels are available in the database, which represents around 80% of the European Fleet.