BMP+ has been developed by a team of experienced biofouling management professionals and software developers, and is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources through the Accelerating Commercialisation Program.
Experienced marine biologists from Biofouling Solutions, an Australian-based global biofouling management organisation, have led the development of the BMP+ platform, named for its focus on enhancing existing practise in Biofouling Management Plans.
BMP+ founders, Dr Ashley Coutts & Dr Patrick Lewis have used their decades of experience working with vessel owners & operators on Biofouling Management Plans & Record Books, ensuring relevant biofouling management guidelines are adhered to and the marine biosecurity risk of vessels is accurately assessed in this software platform.
Intergy Consulting have contributed their extensive experience in enterprise software application development projects to help build a seamless user experience for all BMP+ customers.
In his role as Director of BMP+, Patrick is responsible for managing the integration of scientific and technological biofouling management expertise into a continuously improving commercial software platform.
As Principal Scientist with Biofouling Solutions, Patrick has led over 100 biofouling and biosecurity projects in over 15 countries and is intimate with the practical realities and challenges of biofouling management in the maritime sector. Drawing from his professional background spanning international conservation, national policy development and applied biosecurity science, Patrick also played a key role in the 2018 launch of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) GloFouling Project. In consulting on this project to the IMO, Patrick ensured that Biofouling Solutions’ practical insights into biofouling management are central to this $US40 million global partnership project.
In addition to his professional experience in biofouling science and conservation, Patrick has a grounded approach to the challenges of maritime operations which he gained from over six years sailing with commercial tourism operators in the Arctic and Antarctic, and also from skippering a two-year private sailing expedition from the Arctic to Africa and across the Atlantic.
Patrick is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (London).
Ashley has 25 years’ experience in dealing with all aspects of vessel biofouling and Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS) management.
In addition to his role as co-founder and Director at BMP+, Ashely is the founder & Managing Director of Biofouling Solutions, an organisation specialising in the effective management of biofouling & IAS through consultancy services, development of in-water cleaning / treatment technologies and vessel inspections.
Ashley’s substantial expertise in biofouling started with his Masters’ & PhD research which assessed the biosecurity risks associated with vessel biofouling as a vector for IAS. Ashley’s scientific research has also made a significant contribution towards the development of incursion response tools and policy development around the world, from the UN’s International Maritime Organization to various governments including those of New Zealand, Australia, California and Hawaii.
Ashley’s breadth of experience ranges from his work as a Marine Biosecurity Research Scientist at New Zealand’s Cawthron Institute and the Marine Biosecurity Advisor & policy maker for the Australian Government, through to his coalface experience in undertaking over 1,500 biofouling & IAS vessel inspections on 54 different types of vessels.
Ashley’s experience also incorporates his work as Assistant Manager at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry’s (DAFF) Invasive Marine Species Program (Australia), and as Marine Pest Advisor to the Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service (AQIS).