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Moving used pressure vessel from North America to Europe - PED Issues?

Moving used pressure vessel from North America to Europe - PED Issues?

Moving used pressure vessel from North America to Europe - PED Issues?


This is a new one for me... so any help would be appreciated.

Our shop built an ASME VIII-1 vessel back in the late 2000's for use in North America. It was fabricated and stamped with an ASME U-stamp. A customer has now asked about buying the vessel and moving it to Europe.

I know for new pressure equipment for use in Europe, the PED rules govern. This would require notified bodies to be involved during fabrication, and many other factors must be taken into consideration.

Does anyone have experience with moving used equipment into Europe? What happens if it was never CE marked in the first place?

Thank you,

RE: Moving used pressure vessel from North America to Europe - PED Issues?

I do have some experience with this, albeit not much (since it almost never happens). There are (few) exceptions to CE marking, but this would require the vessel to be CE marked is it now brought onto the market in the EU for the first time.
This is as good as impossible, as I’m 99,99% sure certain essential aren’t met and can’t be met retroactively.
National jurisdiction may have exceptions though which are not covered by the PED: which country would be applicable?

RE: Moving used pressure vessel from North America to Europe - PED Issues?

As XL83NL stated, this is pretty much a no...but it does depend on what the specific jurisdiction allows. It may be possible that exceptions could be made.

On another note, is there any possibility of proving that the welds were made by a welder and wps that was (or can be) certified to PED? Any chance that the material could be deemed acceptable to PED? There may be a path (it will be long and obscure for sure) to retroactively mark the vessel with the CE mark.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit - Aristotle

RE: Moving used pressure vessel from North America to Europe - PED Issues?

I was once asked to review a French manufacturer's data sheet on a heating boiler. I compare the details on the French data sheet to our heating boiler code section IV and much compared favorably . So, what I am saying is wherever this vessel is destined to delivered in Europe, determine if the construction code of that country in Europe is similar to North American (USA or Canada?)code and list in writing the comparisons.

RE: Moving used pressure vessel from North America to Europe - PED Issues?

Contact your AIA. Most of them offer PED Services. Pose your question to them.

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