Testing anti fouling coatings, showing variable levels of fouling by barnacles

Antifouling Coating & Research Development

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The demand for more effective, low cost, low impact antifouling coatings is constantly growing as our marine environment is being further utilised to meet society’s growing needs for energy, food and transport. The Centre has the experience and expertise to undertake confidential coating efficacy assessments to ensure our clients’ infrastructure is properly protected.  

Biocide efficacy studies

With the global tightening of biocidal regulations on the horizon, achieving efficient use of biocides while still maintaining coating efficacy is paramount. 

The Centre has a strong track record of determining the efficacy of different biocides against key micro and macro fouling organisms.  We use cutting-edge analytical techniques alongside established ecotoxilogical methods to determine biocide effects, and how suites of biocides interact with each other and the environment.  Let us help you ensure your next generation of coatings is safe and effective.  

Coating efficacy testing

Ensure that your operation is using the most effective coating.

Marine antifouling and protective coatings are not a “one size fits all”. Increasingly demanding sub-sea marine operations require specialist coating systems designed to cope with unique environmental conditions.

Whether you require a controlled experiment to mimic a particular environmental scenario, or a bespoke field-based coating test programme using scientifically robust testing principles, the Centre has the experience and expertise to de-risk your operation. Specialising in testing coatings in your operating environments we provide, in situ, targeted feedback on performance and efficacy of coating systems.

Novel coating development

Antifouling coating technologies are developing rapidly with greater demands in terms of biocide regulation and compatibility with hull maintenance. 

Developing new antifouling coatings is expensive and time consuming, so ensuring your efforts are dedicated to the most promising prototypes is essential.

The Centre assists its clients, in confidence, with coating development right from the concept stage, through to bespoke biocide efficacy studies and specifically designed laboratory and field tests. We make sure your prototype coatings are compared to relevant industry standards and tested using scientifically robust methods to provide you, and your investors, with maximum confidence in the results.

What our clients say:

..."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

- 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

Dr Tom VanceDr Tom Vance
Business Development Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1752 633 412