QUALIFICATION PROCESS GENERAL INFORMATION
The U.S. Navy employs a wide variety of marine coatings in the construction, repair, and maintenance of its ships. New products must be qualified to the appropriate specification to ensure they meet all the requirements desired by the Navy before a product can be approved for use. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:
- The coating must provide the desired performance in the area the coating will be used. For example, an anti-corrosion coating must provide adequate protection against a corrosive environment for the expected service life of the coating.
- The coating must be able to be applied in an industrial or shipboard environment and be repairable by ship’s force.
- The coating thickness and overall cost must be within reason.
- The coating cannot promote the spread of fire.
- Approved products must also comply with appropriate environmental regulations.
The Naval Systems Engineering Directorate (SEA 05) is responsible for the Navy’s ships, submarines, and associated warfare systems from design to disposition.
The Technical Policy and Standards group (SEA 05S) manages the coatings qualification program and provides information and assistance to manufacturers seeking to qualify their products. This group is responsible for reviewing applications, scheduling a Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) audit of the coating production facility, authorizing qualification testing, requesting the administrative health hazard assessment by the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC), and coordinating the technical engineering review with NAVSEA 05P2. NAVSEA 05S notifies the manufacturer by letter of the outcomes of the technical reviews and DCMA audit results.
For more information, send an email to CommandStandards@navy.mil.
The Corrosion Control Division (SEA 05P2) of the Ship Integrity and Performance Engineering group (SEA 05P) is the technical approval authority for all coating systems used onboard U. S. Navy ships. SEA 05P2 engineers conduct a preliminary technical data review of a coating qualification application to determine whether to proceed with a DCMA audit. If the audit is authorized, the division reviews the audit results. If a test program is authorized, the division engineers complete a technical review of the testing results.
Mr. Mark Ingle is the SEA 05P2 coatings qualification process point-of-contact. He can be contacted by email at email@example.com or telephone at (202) 781-3665.
The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is an independent combat support agency within the Department of Defense (DoD). They are the DoD’s contract manager, responsible for ensuring federal acquisition programs, supplies, and services are delivered on time, within cost, and that they meet performance requirements. DCMA is responsible for conducting the production facility audit. Referred to as a pre-award survey, this assessment analyzes the prospective coating manufacturer’s capabilities as they relate to specific government procurements. DCMA may also provide oversight during the product testing step of the coating approval process.
After a product is approved for use by the U.S. Navy, DCMA is responsible for ensuring products are manufactured in accordance with contract requirements. Visit the DCMA site for more information about this agency.
The Industrial Hygiene Directorate of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) is responsible for conducting Health Hazard Assessments (HHA) at the behest of NAVSEA 05S. This assessment evaluates all new paint products under review for possible Navy use. The evaluation consists of identifying hazards and risks, recommending process changes or alternative chemicals, and providing a list of operation-specific personal protective equipment and controls for personnel safety. Visit the HHA program website for more information.