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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 23 January 2008 at Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London.



Clive Tuck (Chairman) – Langley Alloys

John Fowler – Rolls Royce

Phil Dent (Vice-Chairman) – Bodycote Ian Glover – Corrintec, Cathelco
Robin Jacob (Committee) – Corrosion Consultancy  Jasper Graham-Jones – University of Portsmouth (guest)
Robin Oakley (Committee) – QinetiQ  Dennis Greaves - WSA, MoD
Matthew Peet (Committee) - CAPCIS  Ian Hamilton – Aker Kvaerner Subsea
Keith Stokes (Immediate Past Chairman) – DSTL, MoD  Briony Holmes – TWI

Barry Torrance (Committee) – Aish Technologies

 Ben Hooker – Devonport Royal Dockyard
Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat  Qing Lu – TWI
Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates Mike Robinson - Cranfield (guest speaker)
Jamie Campbell – VetcoGray John Strutt – Atkins Boreas (guest speaker)
Jeff Crwys - MoD Peter Webster - CDA UK
Steve Ellis – Corrintec, Cathelco Jian-Zhong Zhang – Lloyd’s Register
Roger Francis – Weir Materials & Foundries  

The Chairman, Clive Tuck, opened the meeting at 11:10 am.  

1        MCF News 

1.1      The Chairman reported that the MCF had joined the World Corrosion Organisation.  This gives a presence on the WCO website, and will enable the MCF to be represented at WCO meetings and to keep abreast of the corrosion-related activities supported by the WCO.   This WCO was founded by four international bodies:  the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC), NACE International, the Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) and the Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection (CSCP).   (More information can be found on 

1.2      Another item of news was the production of a booklet on MCF Members’ Test Laboratory Facilities.  This was available in pdf format on the MCF website, and would be updated regularly, or whenever new material was supplied to the Secretariat.


2.1  ‘Corrosion of Welds– Underlying Problems and Practical Solutions, Mike Robinson, Cranfield University

 2.2 ‘Welding, Joining and Corrosion’, Charlie Barraclough, Commtech Associates Ltd


·   3.1   Roger Francis (Weir Materials & Foundries) announced that Bob Kane (ex LaQue) is planning to revive the famous Seahorse conference, previously run by the LaQue Laboratories.  This would take place in the USA, 26 – 29th October 2008.  A unique opportunity for all those with an interest in marine corrosion to meet for focused, but informal, discussion on a range of planned topics.  There will be no formal papers, or printed proceedings.  Instead the topics will be lead by a moderator who will start, and guide, each discussion session.  Areas covered are likely to include those relevant to navy, shipping, oil and gas and cathodic protection.  Metals are the main focus, but plastics are also covered.  More details will shortly be available, which Roger will pass on to be circulated to MCF members. 

  • 3.2   Robin Oakley (QinetiQ) asked for any experience of typical grain size for annealed 70/30 copper-nickel tube material. Tubes have been encountered with hardnesses of 130-150HV and grain sizes of 10-15 micrometers. Offers were made by some of the attending members to check their records for relevant copper-nickel tube microstructures and hardnesses.
  • 3.3   Clive Tuck (Langley Alloys) raised a question to find out people’s experience of welding superduplex stainless steels to the NORSOK requirements, particularly regarding passing the G48A corrosion test at a temperature of 40°C. 

    One of the companies present had experienced failure of welds to meet this requirement and it was generally agreed that the corrosion test was the most difficult one to pass.  It was found that the results obtained were very dependent on welder’s skill and experience, thus it was essential that welders were well trained.  Suggested welding techniques to use to get best results were to keep heat input low, ensure that the root gap is sufficiently wide to give good penetration and not to be stingy with the amount of filler metal used.  Use of argon with a 2% nitrogen addition was also found to be beneficial.


4.1What Reliability Engineers need to know about Corrosion, John Strutt, Atkins Boreas Consulting

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


1.           APOLOGIES

Jeff Crwys – MoD

Trevor Machin – Noel Village Steel Founders

Peter Cutler – NI Steve Paterson – Shell UK
Steve Ellis – Corrintec, Cathelco Carol Powell – CDA
Ian Glover - Corrintec, Cathelco Klaus Steinkamp – KM Europa Metal
Elizabeth Hillier - DNV Peter Webster - NI
David Howarth (committee) – Lloyd’s Register Robert Wood (committee) – Southampton University
Robin Jacob (committee) - Corrosion Consultancy


These were accepted as a true record of that meeting.




The Chairman explained that this change would enable the post of Immediate Past Chairman to be effective for just one year, instead of up to six years.  The number of non-officer committee places was being increased from eight to nine, so that the outgoing Immediate Past Chairman could remain on the committee, if required.  Proposed by Keith Stokes, seconded by Roger Francis and accepted by the meeting.


Clive Tuck (Langley Alloys) was standing down from the position of Chairman, as his term of office (six years) was complete.  Keith Stokes was standing down from the committee.  He had given many years service, for which he was thanked. 

Robin Oakley (QinetiQ) had agreed to stand for the position of Chairman, and was accepted by the representatives. 

Clive Tuck (Langley Alloys) would become Immediate Past Chairman.  Phil Dent (Bodycote) was prepared to remain in the position of Vice-Chairman, and the other committee members were also prepared to stand again:  David Howarth (Lloyd’s Register), Robin Jacob (Corrosion Consultancy), Matthew Peet (CAPCIS), Barry Torrance (Aish Technologies Ltd) and Robert Wood (Southampton University).   The meeting agreed to accept all of these. 

Ben Hooker (Devonport Royal Dockyard, Babcock Marine) had been nominated for the Committee band was accepted by the representatives.  

The new Chairman, Robin Oakley, then took the Chair, and thanked Clive Tuck for his six years as Chairman.  The outgoing Chairman then presented his final report:


In this, my last Chairman’s report, I am pleased to say that the Marine Corrosion Forum has had another successful year in terms of both activity and membership.  Most notably, as a result of the Edinburgh Conference, held in 2006, several high calibre organisations have now joined and, under new Chairmanship, the scene is set for the Marine Corrosion Forum to have a bright and valuable future. The organisation has also entered the international arena through its recent membership of the World Corrosion Organisation. 

During the year, a wide variety of topics have been covered in the one-day meetings including coatings, copper alloys, stainless steels, inhibitors, welding, test methods, cathodic protection and corrosion case studies.  We were pleased invite Keynote speakers to two of the meetings.  Bopinder Phull gave a very informative presentation about the long term performance of different materials at the LeQue marine exposure test sites and Norman Cooper of BAe Systems spoke about the development of high corrosion resistance copper alloys and BAe’s successful use of steel overlaid with cupronickel weld metal.  The idea of invited Keynote speakers has worked very well, and next year it is planned to have four such presenters. 

The meetings have been well attended, and, once again, we were able to successfully share the Aberdeen meeting with the Aberdeen branch of the Institute of Corrosion.  Next year, we are planning to extend this meeting to include lunch, as it does present a good opportunity to take advantage of the high level of interest in marine corrosion in that area.  As well as the formal presentations, the informal Open Forum sessions at the meetings have been an effective source of information and have been particularly well utilised this year. 

The three-year PhD project on Erosion-Corrosion sponsored by the MCF and six of its member companies came to a successful conclusion with an empirical model being developed which has been demonstrated to predict erosion-corrosion rates for a stainless steel material under varying flow, solids content and temperature conditions.  Further development of this model looks feasible and a means to continue this type of MCF-sponsored project is being sought. 

In order to promote the availability of corrosion testing services offered by MCF members, a directory of members test laboratories has been prepared.  This is now available on the MCF website and it will be kept updated so that it gives the latest information.  The general benefits of the website and the Metadex survey, with a recently expanded scope have continued to be evident to all members.   

I will conclude by expressing my thanks to the Secretariat and all the Committee Members for their commitment, support and ideas presented 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.  I am very pleased that I am able to pass the Chairmanship into the very capable hands of Robin Oakley and I wish him every success for the future.



·     At the end of 2007 the membership stood at 30, an increase of 3 over 2006.  We lost 3 members due to changes of direction within the companies: Sheffield Testing, Kellogg, Brown and Root, and Cole and Swallow. We gained one member due to company reorganisation: Clyde Pumps, which was previously Weir Pumps.5 companies joined or re-joined us: Corrintec, CAPCIS, Det Norske Veritas, Shell and Vetco Gray.  The latter four had been conference members in 2006, having joined for our Edinburgh conference.  A list of members will be sent out, as usual, with the January mailing.

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

·     For 2008 the Management Committee have decided to raise the subscription rates by 2½% (£15), with a similar rise (£10) for the other categories.

The Full membership fees are therefore £655, but with a £100 discount for those companies that pay by 1st May 2007. 

Overseas membership and Sole Trader membership will be £410 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.

·     The Jan - June 07 Metadex literature search results (produced in July 07) had been provided in electronic format.  This had generally been welcomed as convenient, and the July – Dec 07 results (provided in Jan 08) would be circulated the same way.

·     A booklet of member company laboratory facilities has been produced.  It was originally intended to have this in hard-copy form, but finally a pdf format was decided upon. This enables the booklet to be kept updated quickly and easily.  It also means that it is readily available on the MCF website.

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

·     The MCF web-site continues to provide a popular contact point.  The average number of visits to the web-site, for the last quarter of 2007, was 252 per day, double that for the same period last year..  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, aluminium, marine, titanium, coating and MIC”.  All available abstracts of presentations going back to the early days of the MCF are still available for reference 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. 


The Secretariat brought to the attention of members the fact that a longer than usual meeting had been planned for the Aberdeen venue, on 8th April.  The meeting would start at 11.00 am, instead of 1.30pm, and would, include a buffet for lunch, as well as for tea.  There would be 5 speakers, instead of the usual 4, two keynote speakers being planned.  There would also be the usual link with the evening meeting of the Aberdeen branch of ICorr.  The longer session had been planned to offer more interest for the many MCF Aberdeen members.


8 April 2008, Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen

2 July 2008, Novotel International, Birmingham

15 October 2008, Lloyds Register, London

21 January 2009, AGM, Lloyds Register, London


The meeting was closed at approx. 3.10pm.  

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