Port State Control

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The regulations that Port State inspectors are required to enforce are significant and increasing. Regulations controlling ballast water and invasive species require expert knowledge to aid compliance and protect the environment, the economy and human health. The Ballast Water Centre has the knowledge and expertise to assist with exemption applications, risk assessments and to train in and/or undertake ballast water sampling and analysis, including shipboard testing. 

IMO Exemptions Regulations Assessment

Exemptions and risk assessments

Providing the expertise to assess and validate exemption applications and undertake risk assessments.

Port State Control authorities are responsible for safeguarding their environment and that of affected parties when granting exemptions. Ensuring that exemption applications do ‘not impair or damage the environment, human health, property or resources of adjacent or other states’ is a requirement of the IMO BW Convention.

With globally recognised experts in ballast water and the marine environment, the Centre is your ideal partner to assist with the assessment and validation of exemption applications and to undertake the necessary risk assessments.

Merchant Vessels in Port

Shipboard Testing and Ballast Water Sample Analysis

Providing the expertise and understanding to aid enforcement.

Port State inspectors are responsible for enforcing IMO regulations and ensuring compliance with the IMO BW Convention’s D-1 ballast water exchange standard and the D-2 ballast water performance standard (once the BW Convention is in force).

Enforcing the interim D-1 Ballast water exchange standard will require sampling and forensic analysis of ballast water, together with analysis of the ballast water record book. This analysis will help to ensure ballast water exchange has taken place to the required standard. The Centre works with Port State inspectors to sample and analyse ballast water to ensure vessels are continuing to meet the IMO D-1 & D-2 standards. Our experts also provide ballast water sampling training and advice.  

What our clients say:

- Paula Lightfoot, Earth Observation Specialist - JNCC

- Tor M. Østervold - CEO - ECOsubsea AS

..."​The intergovernmental European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), a global operational satellite agency, contracts PML Applications to provide training to international stakeholders on using satellite-based ocean observation data. PML Applications’ considerable satellite data analysis and visualisation expertise means that they are ideally suited for this important activity."...
- Christine Traeger-Chatterjee, Training Officer, User Support and Climate Services at EUMETSAT - EUMETSAT

..."We would like to thank PML Applications’ staff who have contributed their time and effort to support us at Sherford over the past couple of years. The service provided and reports were of a high quality which was very much appreciated by the Consortium, especially with regard to ensuring our stream water quality was at an EA compliant level. "...
- Robert Robb, Consortium Interface Manager Resident Engineer - Brookbanks Consulting Ltd

..."PML Applications Ltd were an invaluable partner in our study of the effect of marine growth on our subsea connection systems in marine energy environments. From desk-top study and professional advice, through to design of the subsea trials, and then work offshore to evaluate and report on the recovered test rig."...
- Rob Wyatt, Product Manager - Siemens Subsea

..."PML Applications Ltd were responsive and reliable, delivering an excellent quality of technical work. They were able to address the unique aspects of this project and overcame many technical challenges, ensuring that they always delivered on time and within budget. "...
- Alexis Lambourne - Materials engineer - Rolls-Royce

..."We contacted PML Applications for expert assistance in a large international dispute....PML Applications’ support was a strong factor in achieving an outstanding success in the case. I would have no hesitation in turning to PML Applications again for expert assistance."...
- Bruce Gailey - Gailey Law

..."PML Applications, with its unique blend of marine scientists, project management skills and deep understanding of the requirements of the IMO BWT Convention represented the perfect partner to carry out this work. We will continue to work with PML in the future as new projects and challenges arise. "...
- Andrew Marshall - Coldharbour Marine

..."The professional way in which the sampling was conducted, and the detailed reports provided has given us reassurance that the system works as intended, and confidence that it will continue to meet the demanding requirements of cruise itineraries. "...
- Richard Catt - Environmental Manager - Carnival UK

..."I would highly recommend the team for their flexibility, commitment to getting the job done and their ability to deliver on time and to cost"...
- Paul Chesman - Alstom

..."PML Applications is proud to be working with Babcock International to develop novel ways of protecting marine assets from biofouling. "...
- Tom Vance - PML Applications - Babcock International

Get in touch

Tim Fileman, ManagerTim Fileman
Business Development Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1752 633 412