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Berthon now offering clinically approved decontamination of boats

by Helen Davison 25 Jun 09:00 BST
Decontamination of boat interiors now available at Berthon © Harry Shutler

Berthon now offers a clinically approved decontamination of boats, to reduce the 72-hour contamination quarantine of surfaces to 1 hour, reassuring visitors and staff.

Engaging the services of a specialist clinical decontamination company MegaHertz, Berthon have immediate access to decontaminate boats. The process of sterilisation is known as 'fogging' and reduces the government recommended waiting time between persons on board to 1 hour.

This treatment uses the same chemicals that ambulances and hospitals use to decontaminate effectively. The substances used are appropriate antibacterial and antivirus disinfectants that kill 99.9 per cent of microorganisms and viruses, dry within an hour and are not alcohol based, thus non-damaging to use in engine rooms.

Berthon has access to a specially trained team that will carefully 'fog' boats after they have been occupied by either an owner, staff member or contractor providing we are aware that an owner is returning on board within 72 hours. Washrooms ashore will be decontaminated daily when further easing is sanctioned.

Brian May, Managing Director of Berthon, commented "We are delighted to be one of the first companies in the marine sector to offer this service to our customers" he continued "our focus is the wellbeing of our staff, local community and customers. We are very proud of our staff and how well they have adapted to the changes we have made throughout lockdown. We continue to produce the highest quality of work in utmost safety for our customers."

Decontamination must be arranged at least 48 hours in advance by contacting our Yacht Maintenance and Repair team, to coincide disinfection with visits on board and rendering the boat safer for all parties.

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