Marine Equipment Directive MED 96/98/EC
Since 1958 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been defending through strict standards thousands of boats all around the world.
The materials on boats are submitted to a proof method indicated in the IMO resolution MSC.307 (88) Fire Testing Procedures Code (2010 FTP Code) Annex 1 – Part 5 and Part 2. It is a mix between Italian and European test, because it considers both the flame propagation and the heat peak and release through flame primer and heating panel, and determines the toxicity and the optical density of the developed smokes.
Concerning boats, as opposed to Reaction to Fire of building materials, every single element is examined individually, that is why an object to be coated must be tested separately: object and coating. The “coating” test is done on unflammable material. The quantity of emitted calories is to be added to the calories of the unrefined object to be coated.
In 2015 Renner developed two water-based and solvent-based products, transparent and pigmented, suitable for a great variety of substrates. The solvent-based system (RAF-PET NAV and RAF-PEP NAV) is particularly recommended for wooden objects, while the water-based system (RAF-ATB NAV and RAF-A MULTICOLOR NAV) has been created for the use on big cruise boats, where it is necessary to treat different types of supports such as plastic, aluminium, iron, plaster, polyurethane etc. without the use of a primer.