STATHELLE, Norway — Norner recently announced that it has received certificates recognizing approval in accordance with both IMO Resolution IMO MSC.215 (82) and IMO MSC.288 (87) for its marine coating testing. This is an essential quality standard for test laboratories internationally.

Norner reports that it has developed a leading position in third-party test services for protective coatings and has invested in modern laboratory test facilities. The company reports an increasing need for test services for coatings and strives to offer a complete range of relevant tests for clients. According to Norner, this new achievement is a big step to reach this ambitious goal.

With this approval, Norner becomes an independent testing institute accredited for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Performance Standards for Protective Coatings (PSPC) test standards. The relevant standards are IMO Resolution MSC.215 (82) for Seawater Ballast Tanks and IMO Resolution MSC.288 (87) for Cargo Oil Tanks. Norner is now accredited by Lloyd’s Register to perform both these tests. The company has already been awarded an ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation within protective coating.

The latest certifications from Lloyd’s will provide credibility for clients’ products, offering increased competitiveness. Norner will now be able to serve clients with a full range of coating tests.

“We continuously develop our laboratory services through investments and quality management to satisfy our demanding customers. It is very rewarding for us to achieve this Lloyd’s certification and it confirms that our focus is right,” said Henning Baann, Business Director in Norner.

According to Lloyd’s list of approved institutes, Norner is one of few approved institutes in Europe for this type of testing. Norner announced that it intends to strengthen its position in this area and has plans for further expansion both in manpower and equipment. A new state-of-the-art development and laboratory facility is currently under construction and will be ready in January 2022. The coating lab will be an essential part of the new building, and further expansion is secured through this investment.

Norner offers both third-party testing and pre-qualification testing of protective coatings. The company’s wide range of methods includes cathodic disbonding, corrosion, immersion and UV testing, and climate exposure procedures and various physical properties.

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