Case study



A collaboration with the General Engineering Research Institute (GERI) Outreach Project

Client: Oceanchest

Issue: Treatment and prevention of biological invasions through shipping and maritime industry activity

Session: Project



Oceanchest are a start-up company that develop environmental technology. The technology Oceanchest develop is used to treat and prevent biological invasions caused by shipping and maritime activity.


Aquatic species invasions through ships' ballast water are increasing. Legislation is due to come into force stating that ships now have to manage this by treating discharged water. Treatment technologies already exist. However, new US legislation is more stringent and there are currently no technologically effective solutions that adhere to their strict parameters. Oceanchest aim to use advanced technology to provide a solution.

Options considered

Oceanchest initially contacted the Liverpool Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to look at funding and discussed the development of such technology in the Liverpool City Region (LCR).

From here, Oceanchest met with the General Engineering Research Institute (GERI) and began discussing technological applications that could provide a solution. The LEP were keen to play on the regional strengths to make Liverpool a leader in the research, development, manufacture and fitting of this technology.


  • Oceanchest secured a TSB SMART award grant towards the proof of concept study they put forward. Oceanchest are now looking for match funding.

Next steps

Oceanchest are looking to secure investment. The start-up are also looking at broader projects related to this technology, which play to the strengths and synergies Oceanchest and LJMU forged.


Oceanchest met GERI at a manufacturing event and it soon became apparent that GERI's strenghts and GERI's research team would suit this project.

Speaking about the project, Oceanchest stated the support from the team was commendable. Oceanchest were pleased that, as a new company, they were able to form a great relationship and the potential for further research and development as a result of this project.

GERI successfully guided us through the complex TSB/Innovate UK application process and introduced us to relevant people with regards to IP and funding support, as well as various other aspects of support that went beyond what we expected.

Peter Fletcher -
Commercial Director, Oceanchest
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