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Here's What You Need To Know

The requirements regarding flame retardant treatments and those who apply them on-board vessels certified under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY2/ LY3) have changed significantly in recent years. LY2 The Large Commercial Yacht Code MSA 010/009/0184 published September 2007 LY3 The Large Commercial Yacht Code MS 174/004/055 published August 2012 MCA-MGM 453(M) came into force on 1st October 2012 From these dates, any prior MCA accreditations were revoked and all companies MUST now be approved and certified in accordance with a new set of procedures. To control the approval of these fire retardant treatments, the MCA has produced MCA Approval Procedures and a Declaration of Conformity for such treatments. The standards required by those applying flame retardant products to floor coverings, suspended textile materials, upholstery materials and bedding components are set out in The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Marine Guidance Note (MGN) 453(M). These new requirements are more stringent and have raised the standards of those companies providing this crucial service whilst recognising and documenting what is fire safe, which is great news for the safety of crews, guests and the superyacht industry.

What's Checked and Monitored?

The following areas of the flame retardancy process have been scrutinised to create a more rigid method of monitoring and approval:-

Products used for the flame retardancy treatment

Testing of the textiles once treated

Certified applicators of the product and their methods

Detailed documentation of the treatment process

Audit of service provider's Quality Manual and processes including audit of Licensed Applicators

Information on all certified personnel approved by the service providers

Vessel certification ideally valid for one year in accordance with MCA recommendations

In summary

The Approval Procedures and Declaration of Conformity provide equivalence to inherently fire retardant materials on-board vessels built under the LY2/ LY3 Code.

Also they establish robust quality assurance procedures to allow approval of flame retardant treatments, products and their application.

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What Should You Look For in a Flame Retardancy Company?

You need to decide on a company who is not only professional but one that you trust.

Ask to see the chosen company's credentials, if they are certified for the task they will be happy to do so.

Find out about the product they apply. Check to make sure it doesn't contain any harmful chemicals.

The company should have the experience and wealth of knowledge to provide professional valuable advice as every yacht is different in style, shape and d├ęcor employing luxurious unusual fabrics and textiles which often will require professional cleaning prior to treatment.

Choose a company who you will enjoy working with - a company who show they want to work with you on a long term basis, remember this should be a regular process, with planned maintenance intervals.

Finally, choose a company whose emphasis is on quality, know-how, professionalism and extremely high levels of service, you don't want to entrust your prized possession and considerable asset with anyone less.

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