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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 24 January 2007 at Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London.



Phil Dent (Vice-Chairman) – Bodycote

Chris Googan - Anti Corrosion Engineering (guest)

David Howarth (Committee) – Lloyds Register Dennis Greaves - WSA, MoD
Robin Jacob (Committee) – Corrosion Consultanc y Myles Jordan – Nalco (speaker)
Robin Oakley (Committee) – QinetiQ Chi-Ming Lee – TWI
Keith Stokes (Immediate Past Chairman) – DSTL, MoD Steve McCoy – Fine Tubes
Barry Torrance (Committee) – Aish Technologies Luca Nolasco – Clariant Oil Services

Robert Wood (Committee) – Southampton University

Trefor Owen – BP
Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat John Sykes – Oxford University (guest speaker)
Robert Adey - BEASY Peter Webster - CDA
Steve Ellis – Corrintec, Cathelco (guest)  
John Fowler – Rolls Royce  

The Vice-Chairman, Phil Dent, opened the meeting at 11:10 am by welcoming all those who had braved the poor weather and uncertain transport.

1        MCF News 

Inter-Company Project Report

A review meeting of the Erosion-Corrosion research project was held at Leeds University on 28th November 2006 at which most of the participants attended.  Most of the data has now been obtained, and the key parameters which will be used for developing a model will be temperature, flow velocity and solid loading.  There are now 6-9 months left for further work on the project and this will be used for designing a possible erosion-corrosion predictive tool and comparing this, where possible with service data.  There was a general view that a good case could be made for continuing the work into a new project, beginning in October 2007, and Leeds University were to look into what external support funding might be available in order to expand the project into new areas.  The submission date for an application for funding such a project would be April 2007. 

If any members would like to join in the proposed extension to the Erosion –Corrosion project or would like to suggest topics for other possible research projects which the MCF could look into organising, then please get in touch with the Secretariat as soon as possible. 


2.1  Organic coatings, using results for Scanning Kelvin Probe and Scanning Acoustic Microscopy’, John Sykes, Oxford University

 2.2  The challenge of Developing Environmentally Friendly Corrosion Inhibitors for North Sea Application’, Myles Jordan and Neil Feasey, Nalco Ltd


·   3.1   Robin Oakley (QinetiQ) sought opinions on corrosion protection of a 316 stainless steel instrument capsule in an operating environment of warm (30-35°C) seawater, recognising that this temperature approaches the reliable operating limit for this material in terms of pitting and crevice corrosion. The application in question prohibited the use of cathodic protection and so high-build polymeric protective coatings are under consideration. It was recognised that any defects in such coatings could lead to localised pitting or crevice corrosion, requiring high quality surface preparation and coating continuity. As a combination barrier coating and sacrificial protection source it was suggested that thermally sprayed aluminium could be applied, if this did not conflict with the requirement for no cathodic protection. 


4.1       Corrosion failure investigation techniques’, Robin Oakley, QinetiQ

The main meeting closed at approximately 2.45pm, and was immediately followed by the Annual General Meeting.


1.           APOLOGIES

Clive Tuck (MCF Chairman) – Langley Alloys Ltd


Robin Jacob (Committee) – Corrosion Consultancy

Roddy Kennedy – Vetco Gray
Matthew Peet (committee) – CAPCIS Mike Lawrence – KBR
Oliver Ashurst – DML (Devonport) Neil Lowrie – NAMTEC/TIG
Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates Eric Martin – Intec Engineering
David Blaby – DML (Devonport) Len Phillips – Weir Pumps
Stuart Bond - TWI

Jim Preston - CCSL

Jaap Bouman - Shell Wilhelm Schleich  – KM Europa Metal
John Boran – Nexen UK Ltd Klaus Steinkamp – KM Europa Metal
Norman Cooper – BAE Systems David Tame – Sheffield Testing Laboratories 
Peter Cutler - NI Mark Tur – Cole & Swallow Materials
Roger Francis – Weir Materials & Foundries John Thomas – VDM


These were accepted as a true record of that meeting.




Clive Tuck (Langley Alloys) was standing again for the position of Chairman, and Phil Dent (Bodycote) for the position of Vice-Chairman.   The meeting agreed to accept both of these, there being no other nominations. 

There were no nominations for committee positions, so the committee remains the same.  (There is still one vacancy on the committee, if anyone would like to take part they can be co-opted to do so until voting can take place at the next AGM).


I am pleased to report that the Marine Corrosion Forum has had a very successful year in terms of both activity and membership.  As well as the normal one-day meetings held in January, April and October, the MCF collaborated with the UK section of NACE to organise a three day Conference in Edinburgh entitled “Offshore Materials & Corrosion: 40 Years On”.  This was held in June and attracted attendees from the UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Kuwait and The Netherlands.  Also during the year, the inter-company project at Leeds University, sponsored by the MCF and now in its third year, has produced a great deal of definitive information which is now being used to develop a model which can be effectively used to predict erosion-corrosion rates. 

This year Keynote Speakers were invited to present at two of the meetings.  Paul Woollin of TWI gave a very informative presentation in January on measures which can be applied to duplex and superduplex stainless steels in seawater under cathodic protection in order to avoid the occurrence of hydrogen embrittlement.  In October, we welcomed Horst-Friedrich Arendt of the German Naval Technical Centre who spoke authoritatively about using physical scale modelling to develop a theoretical understanding of the mechanisms of cathodic protection and how this can be applied to allow more informative design of the impressed current cathodic protection systems used for ships. 

The conference “Offshore Materials & Corrosion: 40 Years On” held in June was well attended, with 61 delegates attending and 13 exhibitor tables taken.  As a review of 40 years of offshore engineering, the meeting encompassed offshore engineering philosophy, material developments, particular corrosion phenomena, advances in coatings and cathodic protection methods, corrosion management system improvements and health and safety requirements.  Presentations by 16 experts in the different specific subject areas covered by the conference were followed by useful question and discussion sessions.  Overall, the venue was good and the organisation went well, this being very ably managed by the Secretariat.   The event was designed to break even financially and this was achieved – in fact, a small profit was recorded.  A CD of the presentations was produced soon afterwards and this was sent to all the delegates and also to members of the MCF. 

Due to the fact that registrants for the Edinburgh conference were offered the opportunity of becoming members of the MCF until January 2007, the membership of the Marine Corrosion Forum has doubled, the number of members currently standing at 54.  It would be very gratifying if all the members who joined at Edinburgh found the organisation of sufficient worth and effectiveness to continue membership in 2007.  As part of the process of finding out how that could be encouraged, a survey was carried out at the conference.  From the results, it would seem that the most sought after presentation topics are (in order of preference) stainless steels, nickel alloys, erosion-corrosion, coating technology, welding, corrosion test methods, cathodic protection and corrosion management.  A number of suggested specific topics were also given as part of the survey.  Armed with this information, the Management Committee will use it to enable the MCF to remain attractive and continue to develop as a useful forum for members to gain information and to seek opinion. 

The MCF website and Metadex survey have continued benefit membership throughout the year.  At present, a survey of Corrosion Testing facilities is being carried out with a view towards making the final list, together with services offered, available to members. 

I will conclude by expressing my thanks to the Secretariat and all the Committee Members for their commitment support and ideas expressed throughout the year.  As has been demonstrated by the past year, their hard work and enthusiasm results in effective meetings and a constructive programme designed to give maximum benefit to members. 


 ·     At the end of 2006 the membership stood at 27, with the addition of a further 28 members who had joined for the Edinburgh conference.  We gained one full member during the year: Devonport Royal Dockyard.

 ·      The end of year accounts were detailed for members.  Copies are sent to members with the printed minutes. 

 ·      The Management Committee have decided to leave the 2007 subscription fees at the same levels as in 2006.

 The Full membership fees are therefore £640, but with a £100 discount for those companies that pay by 1st May 2007. 

Overseas membership and Sole Trader membership will be £400 with a similar £100 reduction for prompt payment.  Overseas payments not in sterling will incur a charge of £50 to cover our bank costs.  

 A facility for payment by credit card is now be possible, but there is a small charge for this to cover the costs to MCF of making the credit card transaction.

·      CPD certificates continue to be available at meetings, and we have been pleased to have the recognition of IoM3 and IMarEST for these.


·      The MCF web-site continues to provide a contact point.  The average number of visits to the web-site, for the last quarter of 2006, was 129 per day.  Links on the site enable interested parties to request further information about the MCF, or to request an invitation to a meeting. 


·      The search facility continues to be used regularly.  Recent popular search terms have been: “corrosion, protection,  stainless,  steel, cathodic, coating, standards, seawater, cells, marine and titanium”.  All available abstracts of presentations going back to the early days of the MCF are available on the site.  The News page gives details of conferences and other items likely to be of interest to members.  Further items are always welcomed.


 The accounts were passed as correct. 




3 April 2007, Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen

4 July 2007, Novotel International, Birmingham

10 October 2007, Lloyds Register, London

23 January 2008, AGM, Lloyds Register, London


The meeting was closed at approx. 3.10pm.  

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