From 30 June 2018, stockists will no longer be able to sell unapproved biocidal antifouling paints to their customers that were not covered under the January 2018 approval submission. All antifouling paints need to be tested by the 'Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and whilst biocidal antifouling paints are great for keeping the hull clean and other features, these products are considered to be highly hazardous to our oceans and environment.
Substantial concentrations of copper can sometimes make their way into the food chain creating a wide range of environmental problems. Under the BPR, all antifouling paints need to undergo an authorisation process to a competent authority as they are biocidal products. Manufactures of biocidal antifouling paints are introducing safer alternatives to the market.
Antifouling Paint effected at Blagdons are:
- International Cruiser Uno EU
- International Interspeed Ultra 2
- International Micron Extra 2
- Hempel Cruising Performer
All these products are now 20% off on-line and at our on-site chandlery.
Products listed above can only be sold by stockists until the end of June 2018 and must be used by the consumer by December 2018.
*As of April 2018, copper-based antifoul have not been banned (Hempel Tiger Xtra not currently effected).
Here are some helpful resources created by the British Coatings Federation (BCF), RYA and British Marine:
The British Coatings Federation is the sole UK Trade Association representing the interests of the decorative, industrial and powder coatings, printing inks and wallcovering manufacturers. Coatings are critical to UK industry, with 300,000 workers relying on our members' products every day, and the UK is a net exporter of coatings and inks. BCF's members represent 95% of the UK sales of coatings, inks and wallcoverings. - http://www.coatings.org.uk/The_BCF.aspx