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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 26 January 2011 at Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London.



Robin Oakley (Chairman) – QinetiQ Gwyn Hocking – CMC Ltd (guest)

Phil Dent (Vice-Chairman) – Bodycote

Christos Kapsalis – KME Germany AG & Co KG
Ben Hooker (Committee) – Babcock Chi Lee – TWI
Robin Jacob (Committee) – Corrosion Consultancy Jing Li – Clyde Pumps
Clive Tuck – Lloyd’s Register EMEA

Jagath Mawella – MoD

Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat Paul McKay – Rolls-Royce Submarines (guest)
Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates Aneel Mumtaz – Cathelco
Geoff Camm - Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc

Carol Powell – CDA

John Cleminson – Langley Alloys

Paulette Sidky – CMC Ltd (speaker)
Alex Delwiche - Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc Cameron Stewart – The Energy Institute (guest)
John Galsworthy - QinetiQ Keith Stokes – DSTL
Tony Gerrard – BAC Corrosion Control Ltd Tanvir Sumon – Saipem Ltd (guest)

Dennis Greaves – MoD

Ole Borring Sørensen – HEMPE L A/S & IPPIC (speaker)
Ian Hamilton – Aker Solutions Chris Wheatley – CJ Wiretech Limited
Gareth Williams - ECHA Microbiology Ltd

The Chairman, Robin Oakley, opened the meeting at 11:15 am.  


1.1  Development of IMO Performance Standards for Coating Oil Ballast Tanks’, Ole Borring Sørensen, HEMPEL A/S and IPPIC

1.2 ‘Performance of CuNi-alloys in Chlorinated Seawater - Effect of Surface Conditioning in Sulfide Containing Seawater, Christos Kapsalis, KME Germany AG & Co. KG


2.1   The MCF, in conjunction with the University of Southampton, has been looking into the possibility of jointly supporting some student projects.  There are various ways of doing this and information will be circulated with the Minutes so that members can see what is available, and hopefully come up with some ideas for projects

2.2   A Mr Hardy, of the Institute of Chemical Engineering in Tyneside, had contacted the MCF for technical speakers at meetings of their new subgroup.  If anyone is interested in being a speaker at this, please contact the Secretariat.


3.1  ‘Corrosion in Oil and Gas Production with Water Injection Systems with Particular Reference to Underdeposit and Pitting Corrosion and Options Available’, Paulette Sidky, CMC Ltd - Corrosion and Materials Consultants

3.2 'Updating of the old Marine Technology Directorate’s Cathodic Protection Guidelines’, Cameron Stewart, The Energy Institute & Robin Jacob, Corrosion Consultancy

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



Robin Oakley (Chairman) - QinetiQ

John Galsworthy – QinetiQ

Phil Dent (Vice-Chairman) – Exova Dennis Greaves – MoD
Ben Hooker - Babcock (committee) Ian Hamilton – Aker Solutions
Clive Tuck – Lloyd’s Register EMEA (committee) Gareth Williams - ECHA Microbiology Ltd
Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat Paul McKay – Rolls-Royce Submarines (guest)
Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates  

The number of companies represented was 13.

1.           APOLOGIES

Andrew Bell – Babcock

Aneel Mumtaz – Cathelco
Geoff Camm - Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc Stanley Nwaonu – Impalloy
John Cleminson – Langley Alloys Tolu Otekalu - Aker Solutions
Peter Cutler – NI Steve Paterson – Shell
Alex Delwiche - Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc Matthew Peet – CAPCIS (committee)
Roger Francis – Rolled Alloys Carol Powell – CDA
Tony Gerrard – BAC Corrosion Control Ltd Keith Stokes – DSTL
Robin Jacob - Corrosion Consultancy Barry Torrance – Aish Technologies Ltd
Christos Kapsalis – KME Germany AG & Co KG Julian Wharton – University of Southampton (committee)
Chi Lee – TWI Chris Wheatley – CJ Wiretech Limited
Jing Li – Clyde Pumps Martyn Wright - Lloyd’s Register
Gary Masters – E.ON New Build & Technology Brian Wyatt – Corrosion Control
Jagath Mawella – MoD Jian-Zhong Zhang Lloyd’s Register EMEA


These were accepted as a true record of that meeting.  Proposed Ben Hooker, seconded Phil Dent and accepted by the meeting. 




The Chairman notified the meeting of the resignation from the Committee of Barry Torrance (Aish Technologies Limited), due to the change in focus of his work which no longer related directly to the MCF. 

There had been two nominations:  Gary Masters (E.ON New Build & Technology Ltd) and Ian Hamilton (Aker Solutions Subsea Systems).  Both these were nominated by the existing committee. 

The membership were reminded that the current members of the Committee were:

Robin Oakley (QinetiQ) - Chairman, Phil Dent (Exova) - Vice-Chairman, Ben Hooker (Babcock), Robin Jacob (Corrosion Consultancy), Matthew Peet (CAPCIS), Clive Tuck (Lloyd’s Register EMEA) and Julian Wharton (University of Southampton).   

The meeting first voted to accept both Gary Master and Ian Hamilton onto the committee.  The meeting then voted to re-elect both Officers, Robin Oakley and Phil Dent., and the other members of the Committee.


Once again 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 good meetings attendances and a varied range of technical presentations.  

Meetings have attracted regular attendances of around 32, with this April’s Aberdeen meeting attracting 52, which may be a record, at least in recent years! The Forum website continues to receive substantial traffic, including prospective members and technical enquiries. The MCF maintains its’ CPD recognition from IOMMM and IMarEST, in recognition of the quality of our presentations. 

This year’s technical agenda has covered new work on the established topics of corrosion failures, cathodic protection, corrosion resistant alloys, seawater systems, coatings, erosion-corrosion, the development of new test methods and progress in analytical and modelling techniques.   We have heard from both members of long standing and from our newer members, sustaining the variety of our technical programme. 

Highlights (at least to me) include (but are not limited to) David Moran’s memorable discussion piece at the AGM last year, Jim Britton on innovative cathodic protection designs (I regretted having to get him to stop) and Edward Hill’s introduction to microbial corrosion. I must also thank the Chair of NACE International, Chris Fowler, for presenting on the “Real Cost of Corrosion” at the April meeting in Aberdeen, which I hope reflects well on the standing of the MCF in the UK corrosion community. 

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!). 

The MCF continues to support the World Corrosion Organisation and maintains its’ ongoing links with the Aberdeen ICorr Branch.  

It continues to be the intent of the MCF to support a joint academic research programme and the committee are investigating the most effective means to achieve this. A project ‘ideas’ sheet will be circulated with the Minutes.  The MCF is also working with ICorr via the Midlands branch towards a joint conference on corrosion control in the renewable energy sector, which we look forward to progressing. 

I would particularly like to thank Barry Torrance for his years of service on the MCF committee. 


At the end of 2010 the membership stood at 33.  We lost 2 members:  Corrosion Control Services and Rolls-Royce, though the latter loss was primarily due to the long-term illness of our representative there.  Rolls-Royce are currently in the process of re-joining for 2011.  In 2010 1 company joined us:  Deepwater EU Ltd, and 1, CM BEASY, rejoined.  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 2011 the Management Committee have decided to leave the rates at the 2009 and 2010 level. 

The Full membership fees are therefore £655, but with a £100 discount for those companies that pay by 1st May 2011.  

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 possible, but there is a small charge for this to cover the costs to MCF of making the credit card transaction.  This facility continues to be popular, though several companies prefer to use bank transfers. 

The pdf booklets of member company Laboratory Facilities and for member company Consultancies are still on our website and will be circulated for updating very shortly.  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 MCF web-site offers a useful contact point.  The number of visits to the web-site continues to be high, in keeping with a general increase in the use of the internet.  The number of visits, for the last quarter of 2010, was 371 per day.  Links on the site enable requests for further information about the MCF, or for an invitation to a meeting. 

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 these accounts was proposed by Charlie Barraclough (Commtech Associates), seconded by Ben Hooker (Babcock), and passed by the meeting.


Phil Dent (Exova), on behalf of the committee and the membership, thanked the Chairman for all his work on behalf of the MCF during 2010.


12 April 2011, Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen

6 July 2011, National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham

12 October 2011, Lloyd’s Register, London

TBA January 2012, AGM, London

The meeting was closed at approx. 3.40pm.  

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