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About us

The Ballast Water Centre provides the marine scientific, professional and technical expertise required to confirm if your ballast water treatment system is able to meet the IMO and US regulations. The Centre specialises in research, prototype testing, shipboard testing and environmental characterisation.

The Ballast Water Centre provides the knowledge and expertise to check compliance of ballast water treatment from new treatment systems and annual testing of installed systems. 

Hosted at PML Applications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), the Ballast Water Centre provides high quality ballast water efficacy testing, treatment system proof of concept assessments and scientific consultancy for all ballast water issues. Its Business Manager currently runs the Secretariat of the Global Ballast Water Test Organizations Network (GloBal TestNet) which aims to increase levels of standardization, transparency and openness in testing ballast water management systems. In addition to this our experts also provide consultancy to the IMO.

Tim Fileman

I am proud of the work that we do for our clients, helping to ensure that their ballast water treatment systems are working and meeting performance requirements. Working to the highest standards using the latest verified techniques combined with our in-depth knowledge of marine science, shipping and ballast water enables us to always provide that little extra. 

- Tim Fileman, Business Development Manager
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PML Applications Ltd is pleased to be a JOSCAR registered supplier.

Quality Assurance

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NQA has certified PML Applications Ltd to the ISO9001:2015 Quality Management Standard and ISO45001:2018 Health and Safety management standard.

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Get in touch

Tim Fileman, ManagerTim Fileman
Business Development Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1752 633 412