With the ongoing investment in the exploration of natural resources and the harnessing of energy from wind and tidal power, there is an increasing focus on the environmental impacts this can have on the marine habitat. In order to ensure environmental compliance and licensing requirements RPS can offer the analysis of sediments to meet the Marine Monitoring Organisation’s (MMO) requirements as proposed by CEFAS in England and Wales.
RPS is also able to meet the analytical requirements of the Marine Scotland Act, and the equivalent Environment Agency of both Northern and Southern Ireland. Our staff have vast experience of working within the marine industry in both government and commercial laboratories and can guarantee the use of the most appropriate methods and techniques to achieve high quality results in realistic timescales.
Our analytical services for the marine industry include:
Total sediment hydrofluoric acid digests followed by ICP-MS and CVAFS analysis to meet the requirements for the characterisation of dredge material for disposal at sea (CEFAS/ Marine Scotland Guidance)
Organotin compounds in sediments by GC-QQQ
Loss on ignition , dry matter, solids, carbonate content and total organic carbon
Total Hydrocarbon content by GC-FID (TPH and speciated aliphatics)
Oil and Grease (Gravimetric)
Oil in Water (GC-FID or FTIR)
BTEX, VOCs, petrol range organics by Headspace GC-MS
PAHs EPA16 and alkylated 2-6 ring PAH by GC-MS
PCBs including EN25, WHO12, IC7 and CEFAS 25 congeners by GC-MS with µECD
SVOCs by GC-MS
Alkylphenols, alkylphenol ethoxylates by GC-MS and LC-QQQ
Particle size analysis via wet and dry Sieving (BS1377 & NMBAQC methods) and laser diffraction
Bespoke analysis of compounds and the identification of unknowns.
Our laboratories take part in a number of performance testing schemes such as Quasimeme, Leap, FAPAS, Contest, Aquacheck and RTC.