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

Warringtonfire is the recognized world-leader in marine fire testing, providing fire testing in accordance with IMO and SOLAS standards which underpin European Union Wheelmarking and United States Coast Guard approvals and provides test method development, testing and assessment, certification and advisory services to the marine sector.


Warringtonfire provides the necessary Certification to prove compliance for fire protection products used on board vessels registered in Europe, USA and Canada. Regardless of whether the requirement is Wheelmark Approval, United States Coast Guard Approval or Canada Transport Approval, Warringtonfire can help you bring your product to market. No testing should be undertaken before fully understanding the certification requirements for your product.

Marine Fire Testing Methods

Warringtonfire’s testing service offering comprises fire tests and assessments to a large number of recognizable national and international standards. All Warringtonfire laboratories are accredited/recognized by the relevant national bodies and many of our staff are recognized as international experts within their field and are actively involved in the development of new test procedures.

Dependent upon the end use of a product, a number of the marine fire tests may be required:

- MO MSC 307(88) Annex 1, Part 1 - Non combustibility

- IMO MSC 307(88) Annex 1, Part 2 - Smoke and toxicity

- IMO MSC 307(88) Annex 1, Part 3 - "A", "B" and "F" class divisions

  • Appendix 1: Thermal radiation test supplement to fire resistance tests for windows in "A", "B" and "F" class divisions.
  • Appendix 2: Continuous "B" class divisions.

- IMO MSC 307(88) Annex 1, Part 4 - Fire door control systems

- IMO MSC 307(88) Annex 1, Part 5 - Surface flammability

- IMO MSC 307(88) Annex 1, Part 7 - Vertically supported textile flammability

- IMO MSC 307(88) Annex 1, Part 8 - Upholstered furniture

- IMO MSC 307(88) Annex 1, Part 9 - Bedding component flammability

- ISO 1716 - Bomb calorimeter test

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