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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 24 January 2001 at The Institute of Materials,1 Carlton House Terrace, London.

Persons present

Clive Tuck Meighs Limited
Stuart Bond TWI
Barry Torrance Widney Aish
Peter Webster Copper Development Association
Jagath Mawella MOD
G Grim Materials and Corrosion Protection, Shell Expro
T Maxwell NPL
Kevin Waterton CAPCIS
Ian Penkethman Stainless Steel Fasteners
Peter Felton Cortest
Peter Cutler NiDi
David K Peacock The Titanium Information Group
David Watkins Lloyd's Register
David Howarth Lloyd's Register
Eric Martin Kvaerner
Andrew Speyer Southampton University
Yannick Puget DERA

By Invitation

David Jones UMC International
Gavin Bowers Belzona

1. Apologies

Keith Stokes, Chairman (DERA) In his absence, the chair was taken by the vice-chairman, Clive Tuck (Meighs Limited)
Terry Docherty Allvac Limited
Wayne G Pearce BNFL Magnox Generation
Nicholas Green Flowserve Pump Division, Newark
Manfred Jasner KME
J C Thomas Krupp VDM UK Ltd
Ian Bradley OIS
John Fowler Rolls Royce plc
Roger Francis Weir Material Services

2. Minutes of the previous AGM (11 October 2000)

These were accepted as a true record of that meeting.

3. Matters arising from the minutes

There were no matters arising.

4. Chairman's Report

In the absence of the chairman, Keith Stokes (DERA), the report was read to those present by the vice-chairman, Clive Tuck (Meighs Limited):

'With the ending of the first year of the new millennium, the Marine Corrosion Club has been in existence for a total of 8 years following its reorganisation in 1992 and 12 years since its original inception in 1988.

The year 2000 probably saw the greatest change within the MCC since its re-birth, with the departure of the TWI secretariat at the beginning of April. A departure made all the more telling, not only for the professional manner in which the secretariat operated, but also by the removal of the subsidised rate charged to the club for undertaking this extremely important and necessary role.

In order to continue the workings of the MCC, invitations to tender for the Secretarial positioned was offered to the Club membership. This resulted in the appointment of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) as the new Secretariat, a role admirably carried out since April.

The MCC tragically also experienced the end of an era with the death of Trevor Gooch, who had been a stalwart member of the Management Committee and active member of the Club since the beginning.

Despite these changes, I feel that the Club has maintained its aim, which is:

To advance the practical, technical and scientific understanding of marine corrosion and related topics, by:-

The Club has continued to play an active role to meet these aims, primarily by arranging technical presentations on a quarterly basis, which not only disseminates information to members but also encourages technical discussion. The dissemination of information to members is also achieved through the Club’s own website and by the production of the Metadex searches which are carried out twice a year to provide an update of abstracts from papers and publications related to marine corrosion. The discussion of technical information is further targeted via the " Open Forum " session at each regular meeting and the Marine Corrosion Forum held in previous years.

Currently, alternative formats for improving the dissemination of marine corrosion related issues are being addressed by the management committee and members will be appraised of any initiatives.

During 2000, we have held successful meetings at the Institute of Materials in January and October, at the National Motorcycle Museum in July and at the Stakis Hotel in Aberdeen in April. This latter meeting was held in conjunction with the Institute of Corrosion, thereby continuing our liaison with other organisations. (Again, I would ask the members to suggest alternative venues, if they feel this is appropriate.)

The Management Committee have tried to make the presentations as diverse as possible, although we are obviously constrained to those areas where speakers are willing to give their services. During the past year we have had presentations covering the ever topical corrosion of stainless steels and nickel-base alloys; as well as the cost of corrosion in offshore and petrochemical sectors; procedures for assessing corroded vessels and pipelines; accelerated low water corrosion; reduction of through-life costs in high pressure air cylinders; HVOF coatings; crevice modelling and electrochemical techniques. (There is always a need for new speakers and, as usual, I would request ideas for topics and speakers from the members.)

If I now briefly consider financial aspects, then a further departure from previous years also took place during 2000. Up until then, the Club’s finances had been held and managed by TWI. With the alteration in TWI policy leading to the change in Secretariat, the funds could no longer reside with them and, as a consequence, the Club now has its own account held with the NatWest.

At present the Club is financially sound, but the significant increases in Secretariat costs – which now reflect the true charge-out rate – and costs associated with producing the marine video, funds will need very careful monitoring. As a consequence the management committee has had to look very closely at this coming year’s programme and, for the first time since 1992, have found it necessary to increase the membership subscription to £500, but allowing a £50 discount for prompt payment. The Committee is currently looking at ways of increasing funds available to the Club, some of which I will discuss later.

The financial areas will be discussed in greater detail during the Secretary’s report.

Membership has remained fairly constant through the year, although 3 members have failed to pay their subscriptions. Currently we have 37 members although this will increase to 38 with the recent application from Stainless Steel fasteners Ltd.

If I now turn to the future, then in the first instance we are still working hard to produce a video which is targeted at people likely to know little about marine corrosion but are interested in finding out more. A request for specific material has recently been made by David Peacock, and I would like to re-iterate that if you can help, could you please forward any material directly to David, the Secretariat or myself.

It is also the intention of the committee to further extend and improve the Website, and as a first step we have introduced a new, specific role within the Management Committee to address this. Ideas under consideration include:

The Management Committee is also considering different ways to pass information to members and the possibility of holding half or one day Forums or Workshops on specific issues are being considered. The members have already been approached for ideas. These events could include the development of in-depth discussion groups, the preparation of working documents and be in collaboration with other bodies (e.g. NiDI, TIG, Inst of Marine Eng etc). Other possibilities include the compilation of corrosion data sheets, regular discussions on specific corrosion topics (proposed in advance) at the quarterly meetings, sponsorship (e.g of a PhD student), and the production of a 1 page handout, to include a "fax-back" form, outlining the scope of the club, for distribution at meetings, conferences, seminars etc.

As I have already intimated there is also a pressing need to increase the membership of the Club and one of the methods proposed by the Management Committee is to introduce a new category of Overseas Members. These members would pay a reduced fee which would allow access to the website and information from the club.

In order for the Committee to implement this action, however, it will be necessary to introduce an amendment to the Constitution and this will be raised in the relevant part of the Agenda.

During the year, the Management Committee has also been planning the programme for 2001. Following this AGM, the next meeting will again be held in conjunction with ICorr in Aberdeen on 3 April (date to be confirmed), at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on 4 July and back at the Institute of Materials on 10 October 2001.

Finally, would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Management Committee for their support, ideas and general hard work during the year, and to further extend my thanks to you, the members, for continuing to support the activities of the Marine Corrosion Club.

This concludes my report on what I believe has been another successful year.

Keith Stokes

5. Secretariat's Report

6. Approval of Account for 2000

7. Election of Officers

Keith Stokes Chairman
Clive Tuck Vice Chairman
Roger Francis Immediate Past Chairman
Ritchie Brown
Peter Cutler
David Peacock
Stuart Bond

Clive Tuck informed those present that this left one vacancy. It was agreed that if no company members came forward, a member would be co-opted for the role.

8. Proposed Amendments to the Constitution

Clive Tuck (Meighs Limited) suggested on behalf of the management committee that to increase the membership, the club may wish to create a new category of overseas members. These, for a reduced fee, could access the website and receive information from the club, but would not be able to attend the meetings. Overseas members would be non-voting.

It was suggested that this category would be re-named 'associate members', to include UK companies who may not wish to attend meetings. This option was discussed, but it was concluded that this category should be reserved to overseas companies.

It was agreed that the constitution would be amended to include the rights, privileges and obligations of overseas members. Peter Cutler (NiDi) invited the members to put forward details of overseas companies who may be interested in receiving more information on MCC.

9. Open Forum

On behalf of Roger Francis (Weir Materials Services Ltd), Clive Tuck (Meighs Limited) asked: What were the most appropriate water treatments for materials under hydrotests?

Hydrotests were defined as a means of determining the integrity of pipelines/valves/other systems by injecting an electrolyte to pressurise the systems at a percentage above their normal design pressure, for a specific time (Note that atmospheric pressure can also be used, for tanks for example).

The following points were made by company members:

10. Any Other Business

David Peacock (TIG) reminded those present that the club intended to produce an 8 minute documentary video on the causes and cures of Marine Corrosion. On behalf of the committee, the call for good quality slides, photos or films to support the script was renewed. David Peacock underlined the fact that the script was in place and that the production of the video was only held up by the lack of visual material.

11. Dates of Next Meetings

The dates of next meetings were given in the chairman's report.

12. Technical Presentations

Erosion-corrosion of marine pipework: Failure of HVOF coatings
Andrew Speyer (University of Southampton).

Corrosion control: the practical application of polymer technology in the marine industry
Gavin Bowers (Belzona).

The Impact of extended docking intervals on the maintenance of ship coating beneath the waterline
David Jones (UMC International plc).

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