Marine fire testing

Warringtonfire undertakes marine fire testing services from our UKAS accredited laboratories in the UK, our NATA accredited laboratory in Melbourne, our BELAC accredited laboratory in Gent and our DAkkS accredited laboratory in Frankfurt.

All of which are International Maritime Organization (IMO) listed test centers.

All ships sailing in international waters must meet the requirements of the International Convention for the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS).

Warringtonfire is the recognized world-leader in marine fire testing, providing testing in accordance with IMO standards which underpin European Wheelmark and United States Coast Guard (USCG) approvals.

Our Marine fire testing capabilities include flammability, smoke density and toxicity testing to the following standards:

  • IMO MSC 307(88)
  • Part 1 - Non combustibility
  • Part 2 - Smoke and toxicity
  • Part 5 - Surface flammability
  • Part 7 - Vertically supported textiles and films
  • Part 8 - Upholstered furniture
  • Part 9 - Bedding components
  • Part 10 - Test for fire resisting materials for high speed craft 


International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

In July 2009 the new SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations came into force, which are used all over the world by all flag states. In support of these new rules, a new Fire Test Procedures Code (FTP) has been established, summarizing the regulations on fire protection and fire test methods.


In 2001 a new High-Speed Craft Code (HSC) was published to control the new generation of lightweight fast catamarans and monohulls.


Marine fire testing and certification

It is important to note that prior to performing any marine fire testing, a manufacturer should go through their certification body, a service which Warringtonfire can provide. Tests conducted on unsampled products cannot be used to obtain type approval.

Warringtonfire is your one-stop-shop for entry into the marine market. Our full spectrum of services includes marine fire testing, certification and advisory services.

To obtain market approval, products must comply with several marine fire tests and certification requirements.

Warringtonfire’s marine fire testing service offering comprises fire tests to all applicable international standards. Warringtonfire laboratories are IMO recognized and UKAS accredited and some of our staff are recognized as international experts within their field and are actively involved in the work of IMO with respect to fire.

Warringtonfire provides the necessary certification to prove compliance for fire protection products used on board vessels registered in Europe and USA.

Regardless of whether the requirement is Wheelmark or USCG approval, Warringtonfire can help you bring your product to market. No marine fire testing should be undertaken before fully understanding the certification requirements for your product.

Marine fire testing to FTP and HSC Codes


Warringtonfire's Gent laboratory provides marine fire testing using methods prescribed by the FTP and HSC Codes, for which WFRGENT nv holds accreditation and recognition.


An overview of the tests provided can be found below:

2010 FTP Code MSC.307(88) Annex 1, part 1: Non-combustibility (cfr. (EN) ISO 1182 Non-combustibility Test)
2010 FTP Code MSC.307(88) Annex 1, part 3: Fire resistance tests for "A", "B" and "F" class divisions (decks, bulkheads, pipe penetrations and cable transits)

Warringtonfire Gent can also perform the following tests indicatively: 

2010 FTP Code MSC.307(88) Annex 1, part 10 - appendix 1Cone calorimeter (cfr. ISO 5660)

For these tests Warringtonfire Gent hold an accreditation by BELAC, but no recognition by IMO.