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The increase in ballast water regulation means that it is vital to ensure that your system is working to IMO D-2 and US EPA Vessel General Permit requirements. To ensure efficient and effective operation of a ballast water treatment system or to choose a system you will need to have an understanding of your operating environment. The potential of a ballast water treatment exemption may also be of benefit to some vessels operating in coastal trading patterns. With globally recognised scientific expertise in the marine environment and ballast water, the Centre is your ideal partner in ballast water management.

Environmental Assessments

Suspended sediments, turbidity, and tidal extremes of salinity are just some of the factors that can affect the efficacy and the correct choice of Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS).

There are over 8,000 ports worldwide, most of which exhibit a wide range of environmental conditions which may vary significantly due to factors such as depth and time. It is essential that ship operators understand their environment so they can manage their ballasting operations effectively.

By reviewing available data, applying expert knowledge and undertaking surveys or research of local environmental conditions anywhere in the world, the Centre can deliver detailed, bespoke reports to meet your requirements. The Centre has an exceptional understanding of the marine environment combined with an in-depth knowledge of BWTS. It provides detailed information to make informed decisions on the BWTS for your vessel(s) and to improve the operational effectiveness of your ballast water management plan.

Exemption Applications

Fixed routes, same location? Then an exemption might be a benefit for you.

The IMO Convention offers the potential (Regulation A-4) to gain an exemption from Regulation B-3 (ballast water management) and avoid having to install costly ballast water treatment systems. Exemption applications require detailed surveys and risk assessments of your operating environments and must be approved by the Port States affected and/or those possibly affected.

The Ballast Water Centre undertakes expert reviews, surveys, tidal modelling, risk assessments and provides advice for the exemption application process.

Shipboard Testing Equipment

Shipboard Efficacy Testing

Providing supportive evidence to help you pass your next Port State Inspection.

A manufacturer’s type approval is not a guarantee for a Ballast Water Treatment System to meet ballast water performance standards once installed.

The Centre provides independent and impartial shipboard testing of installed systems. Our team of experts will visit your vessel(s) in port to sample and test discharged ballast water to assess and report efficacy against the IMO D-2 ballast water performance standard and/or the US Environment Protection Agency Vessel General Permit requirements.

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