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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 27 January 2010 at Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London.



Robin Oakley (Chairman) – QinetiQ Jing Li – Clyde Pumps

Phil Dent (Vice-Chairman) – Bodycote

Qing Lu – TWI

Ben Hooker (Committee) – Babcock

Gary Masters – E.ON Engineering Ltd

Robin Jacob (Committee) – Corrosion Consultancy Jagath Mawella – MoD
Barry Torrance (Committee) – Aish Technologies David McKenzie – British Energy
Julian Wharton (Committee) - University of Southampton Lyndsey Mooring - University of Surrey (guest)
Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat David Moran – Lorina Corrosion Control (speaker)
Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates Aneel Mumtaz – Cathelco

Andrew Bennett - Lloyd’s Register EMEA

Stanley Nwaonu - Impalloy
Jim Britton - Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc (speaker) Jon Nichols - Babcock
Geoff Camm - Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc (guest ) Jacques Parlongue – Elsyca (guest)
John Coupland – Welding Alloys (guest) Darren Reid-Hutchings – British Energy
Steve Ellis – Cathelco Muhammed Santuraki – RasGas Co Ltd (guest)
Roger Francis – RA Materials Keith Stokes – DSTL
Tony Gerrard – BAC Corrosion Control Ltd Motonobu Tsuchiya – Lloyd’s Register
James Glynn- Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc (guest) Peter Webster – CDA
Clive Harrington – Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc (guest) Chris Wheatley – CJ Wiretech Limited
John Hay – University of Surr ey (speaker) Brian Wyatt – Corrosion Control
David Howarth - Lloyd’s Register  Jian-Zhong Zhang – Lloyd’s Register EMEA
Christos Kapsalis – KME Germany AG & Co KG

The Chairman, Robin Oakley, opened the meeting at 11:00 am.  


1.1  'A Nanocomposites Approach to Environmentally Friendly Anti-corrosion Coatings’, John Hay and Lyndsey Mooring, University of Surrey

1.2  Keynote: ‘Marine Corrosion Control – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, David Moran, Lorina Corrosion Control


2.1   Jian-Zhong Zhang (Lloyd’s Register EMEA) asked a question: “If biofouling is removed from copper-nickel or aluminium bronze pipework used for seawater service and the resulting surface is found to be very pitted, how effective would any repassivation treatment be if further seawater service was required.  Is there anyone present who has experience of this situation or who knows of anybody who might have such experience?”  Roger Francis (RA Materials) asked about cleaning and removal of corrosion products.  He said if thorough cleaning had been done then it could be repassivated.  He had done some unpublished work on this topic involving a simple buffered solution of sodium chromium sulphate.  Effective anti-fouling would be required after repassivation – chlorination is preferred.  Roger mentioned that Carol Powell (CDA) had knowledge of this area.  Steve Ellis (Cathelco) also felt that there would be fouling again, after repassivation.


3.1  ‘Recent Impressed Current Offshore Cathodic Protection Solutions’, Jim Britton, Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc

3.2 'Corrosion Experience with 'Marine' Aluminium Alloys’, Ben Hooker, Babcock

The main meeting closed at approximately 3.20pm, and was immediately followed by the Annual General Meeting.



Robin Oakley (Chairman) - QinetiQ

Jon Nichols - Babcock
Phil Dent (Vice-Chairman) – Exova Keith Stokes – DSTL
Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates Barry Torrance – Aish Technologies 
Roger Francis – RA Materials Julian Wharton – University of Southampton
Ben Hooker - Babcock Brian Wyatt – Corrosion Control
Jing Li – Clyde Pumps Jian-Zhong Zhang – Lloyd’s Register EMEA
Qing Lu – TWI Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat
Gary Masters – E.ON Engineering Ltd  

The number of companies represented was 13.

1.           APOLOGIES

Matthew Peet – CAPCIS (committee)

Edward Hill - ECHA Microbiology Ltd
Clive Tuck – Lloyd’s Register EMEA (committee) Robin Jacob - Corrosion Consultancy
Andrew Bell – Babcock Marine Christos Kapsalis – KME Germany AG & Co KG
Philip Blood – Langley Alloys Jagath Mawella – MoD
Peter Cutler – NI Stanley Nwaonu - Impalloy

Richard Edwards – CCSL

Steve Paterson – Shell

Steve Ellis – Cathelco Carol Powell – CDA
Tony Gerrard – BAC Corrosion Control  Darren Reid-Hutchings – British Energy
Dennis Greaves - MoD Peter Webster – CDA
Ian Hamilton – Aker Solutions Chris Wheatley – CJ Wiretech Limited


These were accepted as a true record of that meeting.  




There were no new nominations.  The Chairman and Vice-Chairman were accepted for a further year; proposed by Gary Masters (E.ON Engineering), seconded by Charlie Barraclough (Commtech)

 The Chairman pointed out that there was still further space on the committee and volunteers/nominations would be very welcome for next year!


I would like to thank the members and presenters (especially the Keynote speakers) for their contributions to another productive year at the Marine Corrosion Forum, which has seen growing membership, good meetings attendances and a varied range of technical presentations.  I particularly welcome new members BAC Corrosion Control, CJ Wiretech, Clyde Pumps, ECHA Microbiology and E.ON Engineering.  

Meetings have attracted regular attendances of around 30, with this April’s Aberdeen meeting attracting nearly 50!  The MCF is always glad to see multiple attendees from our member companies (normally up to 3, but flexible, especially when members are presenting).  The Forum website continues to receive substantial traffic, including prospective members and technical enquiries. 

This year’s technical agenda has covered cathodic protection, copper alloys, seawater systems, oil-field Corrosion Resistant Alloys, erosion-corrosion research advances, development of new test methods and progress in both NDE and microscopy techniques.  The range of subjects covered can be illustrated by comparing the small (‘Optical 3-D Metrology’ by Brian Kyte, Alicona) with the large (‘Cathodic Protection of the Thames Barrier’ by Brian Wyatt, Corrosion Control) and the carbon economy (‘Corrosion Resistant Alloys for Oil and Gas Engineering Applications’ by John Grubb, ATI-Allegheny Ludlum) with low-carbon renewables (‘CP on Offshore Wind Farms’ by Ross Fielding, Impalloy).  As always, the MCF strives to provide a varied technical programme to keep members abreast of the latest developments in our profession.  The committee is always grateful of suggestions for topics or presenters of interest; members can always volunteer themselves (or a colleague!). 

It has been the intent of the MCF to support a joint academic research programme, as has been the case in the past.  Increases in post-graduate research costs are now making support of MSc or undergrad projects of interest, to encourage interest in marine corrosion topics among tomorrow’s engineers. 

The MCF maintains its CPD recognition from IOMMM and IMarEST, supports the World Corrosion Organisation and maintains its ongoing links with the Aberdeen ICorr Branch.  Promotion by MCF of the IMarEST 1st Marine Failure conference in September allowed us to award a member with a free ticket by lottery, which I hope was a suitable bonus of MCF membership.  The MCF is still interested in holding its own conference in the next couple of years, building on our past successes in this field; this may involve collaboration with another corrosion industry body. 

And finally, a webpage enquiry at the beginning of the year for MCF assistance in developing a galvanic corrosion / cathodic protection demonstration piece in a television documentary lead to your chairman appearing in “Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections-Sydney Opera House” programme, starring alongside a battery charger, two aquariums full of salty water, some copper and steel plates and a very depleted zinc anode.  And yes, he really isn’t very tall…


At the end of 2009 the membership stood at 33.  We lost 2 members:  CM BEASY and Noel Village (Steel Founders) Ltd.  4 companies joined us:  BAC Corrosion Control, CJ Wiretech Limited, ECHA Microbiology and E.ON Engineering Limited, and 1, Clyde Pumps, rejoined, having previously inherited membership from Weir.  A list of members will be sent out, as usual, with the January mailing. This is also available at any time, to members on request. 

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

For 2010 the Management Committee have decided to leave the rates at the 2009 level.

The Full membership fees are therefore £655, but with a £100 discount for those companies that pay by 1st May 2010. 

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 also be possible, but there is a small charge for this to cover the costs to MCF of making the credit card transaction. 

The booklet of member company Laboratory Facilities is currently in the process of being updated.  It is available in pdf format and can be found on the MCF website.  Similarly, the pdf booklet for member company Consultancies is also being updated.  Any other member company wishing to participate in these should make a request to the Secretariat.  When companies contact the Secretariat requiring technical advice these two web-based documents provide a useful reference point to which enquirers can be directed. 

CPD certificates are available at meetings, and we have been pleased to have the continued recognition of IoM3 and IMarEST for these.  The former approves each meeting in advance, while the latter approves our meetings for a number of years and comes up for renewal in 2010.

The MCF web-site offers a useful contact point.  The number of visits to the web-site continues to increase, in keeping with a general increase in the use of the internet.  The number of visits, for the last quarter of 2009, was 390 per day.  Links on the site enable requests for further information about the MCF, or for an invitation to a meeting. 

The search facility continues to be used regularly.  Recent popular search terms have been: “corrosion, materials, protection, seawater, microbial and alloy”.  The News page gives details of conferences and other items likely to be of interest to members.  Further items are always welcomed.


The Chairman thanked the Secretariat for her efforts.  Acceptance of the accounts was proposed by Keith Stokes (DSTL) and seconded by Brian Wyatt (Corrosion Control).


 ICorr/MCF Joint Meetings:  It was suggested that joint meetings could usefully be held in association with the Midlands or London branches of ICorr in a similar way to our Aberdeen meetings.  Brian Wyatt (Corrosion Control) offered to discuss this with the Midlands ICorr branch, and this was felt to be a useful idea.


13 April 2010, Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen

7 July 2010, Novotel International, Birmingham

13 October 2010, Lloyds Register, London

26 January 2011, AGM, London

The meeting was closed at approx. 3.40pm.  

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