PML Applications

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by PML Applications's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from PML Applications is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett, MP
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles, MP

www.pml-applications.co.uk

1PML APPLICATIONS LTD |
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE
Chief Executive
Professor Stephen de Mora
Testing anti-fouling technologies
at MeyGen tidal array
PML Applications Ltd takes the latest marine research
and applies it commercially to aid marine industries in
reducing their impact on the marine environment while
developing new technologies for their businesses. Its in-house
experts have a reputation for reliable and timely delivery and
an understanding of the commercial world to find solutions of
interest to industry and society. Professor Stephen de Mora,
Chief Executive of Plymouth Marine Laboratory and PML
Applications Ltd, tells
The ParliamentaryReview
more.
The ocean provides natural capital, directly through fisheries, transport, energy
and valuable bio-products, or indirectly through climate regulation and provision
of around half the oxygen we breathe. Exploiting these valuable resources while
ensuring the ocean remains sustainable is a delicate balancing act, requiring
excellent knowledge and innovative approaches. We take world-class marine
research and technological development and combine it with innovation to provide
outstanding service to industry across a global client base.
Our parent organisation, PML, is a leading marine research institute targeted
towards understanding how we can continue to exploit the ocean’s resources
while ensuring the ecological sustainability of the seas. Almost 20 years ago, we
took the decision to create our trading arm, PML Applications Ltd, focused, where
appropriate, on commercialising the best of this excellent science, or using it to
mitigate some of those threats the ocean faces.
FACTS ABOUT
PML APPLICATIONS LTD
»Chief Executive: Professor
Stephen de Mora
»Established in 2002
»Based in Plymouth, Devon
»Services: Ballast water testing,
biofouling, corrosion control,
marine survey, geospatial
applications
»2018/19 turnover grew by 93
per cent on previous financial
year
PML Applications Ltd
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
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Stowaways and hitchhikers
The process of exploiting the ocean
is not without its challenges; climate
change, water quality, pollution and
invasive species are only some of the
challenges commanding our attention.
Invasive species in particular can
present a real threat to the survival
of native species and have serious
economic effects.
The discharge of ballast water – used
by ships in huge quantities for stability
and trim – has been identified as
a major source of invasive species.
Our Ballast Water Centre provides
the scientific, professional and
technical expertise required to confirm
compliance of ballast water treatment
systems and whether they meet US and
International Maritime Organization
regulations – the latter of which is still
to be ratified by the UK government.
The BWC is now working with global
shipping companies, including Carnival
UK, to test ballast water management
systems and ensure they meet these
requirements to prevent non-native
species being introduced from and into
ports around the world.
Growth of organisms on subsea
surfaces is a major concern for all
industries that place structures in the
sea including shipping, renewable
energy, power stations and offshore
oil and gas rigs. Biofouling organisms
on ship hulls increase drag and slow
ships down, leading to higher fuel
consumption and increased greenhouse
gas emissions, all the while providing
a pathway for invasive species to move
around the world’s seas.
The growth of barnacles and other
fouling organisms impedes the
efficiency of moving parts such as
subsea turbines, and block pipes and
inlets. Finding effective environmentally
safe, economically viable and easily
applied solutions is the primary activity
of our Centre for Marine Biofouling and
Corrosion, or CMBC. Working with
international companies, including
Rolls-Royce and AkzoNobel, the CMBC
assists its customers by testing and
developing novel coating technologies
together with researching the
fundamental mechanics of the fouling
process.
Such is the reputation gained by our
teams that they are much sought-after
as advisers on a range of national
and international bodies including the
Global TestNet, which brings together
organisations across the world involved
in shipboard testing for certification of
ballast water management systems and
ships’ biofouling management under
the IMO’s Ballast Water Management
Convention and biofouling guidelines.
We are also a strategic partner in the
GloFouling Partnership, where we both
supply expert opinions and influence
forward strategy and policy. Our team
also works with statutory bodies,
including carrying out non-native
species surveys, for example, on behalf
of Natural England.
Coating tests for marine
renewables at the
European Marine Energy
Centre
Niche area inspection on
ship’s hull
We take world-
class marine
research and
technological
development
and combine it
with innovation
to provide
outstanding
service to
industry across
a global client
base
3PML APPLICATIONS LTD |
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE
Going forward
Looking ahead, our Innovation
Centre aims to take marine science to
commercial markets, such as supplying
research vessels with carbon dioxide
monitoring instruments – including
the UK’s newest, the RRS
Sir David
Attenborough
. Feasibility studies are a
natural way to use our expertise, and
we are working with companies to
determine the potential for developing
a sustainable scallop hatchery as a
contribution to the increasing importance
of aquaculture to offset demands on
declining fisheriesworldwide.
A growing risk to aquaculture is
incursion of harmful algal blooms;
detecting these at an early stage is
important to prevent losses from
damage to stock, or closures to
reduce threats to human health. Our
Centre for Geospatial Applications is
accessing satellite imagery in almost
real time to spot approaching algal
blooms for a number of customers,
thus allowing preventative measures
to be put in place. Satellites are also
used by CGA across other topics,
such as marine ocean colour, oil spill
detection and the monitoring of illegal
fishing and climate projection as well
as working internationally with the
EC’s Copernicus Programme, UK and
European Space Agencies and industry.
Sharing our expertise is an important
element of what we do, so training
in techniques and encouraging better
understanding of challenges and
solutions for the future has grown as
a service, including leading massive
online open courses as well as
dedicated industry training.
We are now firmly established as
a reliable and effective gateway to
accessing the latest marine research and
technology for commercial use across
the shipping, marine coatings, ports and
harbours, marine energy, fisheries and
aquaculture, marine planning, maritime
security and environmental sectors.
We identify emerging issues where
our expertise and experience can be
brought to bear to provide outstanding
marine consultation, services and
products to a global client base.
Our parent
organisation,
PML, is a leading
marine research
institute targeted
towards
understanding
how we can
continue to
exploit the
ocean’s resources
while ensuring
the ecological
sustainability of
the seas
Satellite sensors detect
harmful algal blooms
(orange), a threat to
aquaculture
On-board ballast water treatment
system efficacy testing for Carnival
UK

www.pml-applications.co.uk

The Parliamentary Review Publication, in which this article originally appeared, contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster