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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 25 January 2012 at Holiday Inn, Kensington Forum, London.

 

  PERSONS PRESENT

Robin Oakley (Chairman) – QinetiQ Tim Illson – GL Noble Denton (speaker)  

Phil Dent (Vice-Chairman) – Exova

Frank Parr - Stork Technical Services UK Ltd (guest)  

Gary Masters (Committee) – E.ON New Build & Technology

Richard Perkins – Aish Technologies Ltd
Robin Jacob (Committee) – Corrosion Consultancy Carol Powell – CDA  
Clive Tuck (Committee)– Lloyd’s Register EMEA Andy Mather – Rolls-Royce  
Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat Trevor Rayment – Diamond, University of Birmingham (speaker)  
John Cleminson – Langley Alloys Bernd Sagebiel – KME Germany AG & Co KG  

Spencer Court - Stork Technical Services UK Ltd (guest)  

Daniel Stephenson – London & Scandinavian Metallurgical  

Richard Dawson - Lloyd’s Register EMEA Tanvir Sumon – Saipem Ltd
John Galsworthy - QinetiQ Chris Wheatley – CJ Wiretech Limited
Tony Gerrard – BAC Corrosion Control Ltd Gareth Williams - ECHA Microbiology Ltd

Dennis Greaves – MoD

John Yarnall – Bodycote Hardiff BV (speaker)
Dean Haley – MoD

The Chairman, Robin Oakley, opened the meeting at 11:05 am.  

1        TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS 

1.1 Synchrotron Light - Novel Techniques for Studying Corrosion Mechanisms, Trevor Rayment, Diamond, University of Birmingham

1.2 ‘Corrosion Testing Protocols for Ship Ballast Tanks’, Tim Illson, G L Noble Denton

The AGM was held next (see below), followed by:

3.    OPEN FORUM

3.1   Gary Masters (E.ON) informed the meeting that the Technology Strategy Board, Scottish Enterprise and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are to invest up to £10.5m in collaborative research and development to support successful deployment and operation of the first series of wave and tidal energy arrays.

The brief can be downloaded from the link on RHS of the following web page:

http://www.innovateuk.org/content/competition/marine-energy-supporting-array-technologies.ashx

Theme 5 in particular may be of interest to MCF members: Anti-fouling and corrosion “Projects will develop novel methods, processes and materials that prevent corrosion or bio-fouling on marine energy systems. Projects must focus on particular needs of the marine energy industry and should be informed by working across the industry to understand marine energy experience of issues to date and best current thinking on needs. Direct re-application of existing materials or solutions from other sectors will not be considered.”

The competition opens on 5 March 2012 and a briefing event to provide more information to prospective applicants will be held in London on 14 March 2012. The deadline for registration is 10 April 2012 and expressions of interest must be submitted by 17 April 2012.

Further information can be found at: https://www.scottish-enterprise.presscentre.com/Press-releases/TSB-announces-Marine-Energy-Supporting-Array-Technologies-456.aspx

3.2   Phil Dent (Exova) brought to the attention of the meeting the September EuroCorr conference: Marine Corrosion in Renewable Energy at the EFC Conference in Istanbul.

The WP 9 on Marine Corrosion will devote part of the marine corrosion session to focus on Marine Corrosion in Renewable Energy, i.e. off shore wind farms and tidal energy.  This industry is fairly young and is just beginning to learn some expensive lessons that need to be shared and discussed.  Much of the technology transfer has been from the related off- shore industry, but not always with success. The positive stories and the innovative solutions driven by the industry are, however, also worth sharing.

Workshop: This part of the marine corrosion session would be dedicated to presentations in this field.  The aim is to encourage abstracts from major parties e.g. designers, owners, operators, subcontractors, technical advisers, inspectors and failure analysts as well as research groups.  Closing date for abstracts is mid-February.

Informal Workshop: These short 10-15 minute communications do not require a full paper and registration of contributions can be made up to 1 month before the conference.  For more details contact Phil or see: www.eurocorr.org/EUROCORR+2012/Abstract+submission-p-48380.html.

3.3  Carol Powell (CDA) reported on the progress of the joint EFC/NACE International Publication. 'The Corrosion Performance of Metals for the Marine Environment - a Basic Guide’. Maney Publishing are aiming to have it ready for NACE in March.  It will be EFC Publication No 63. Additionally, The National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC) at Rotherham are bringing the authors and other specialists together for a 1-day seminar on 30th May:  Metals and their Corrosion Behaviour in Marine Environments aimed at giving practical guidance in the selection and use of steel and stainless steel as well as alloys of copper, aluminium, nickel and titanium, and also specifically address the special galvanic requirements that arise where metals are used in combination.  Each delegate will receive a complimentary copy of the book as a key reference source in the future.   http://www.namtec.co.uk/event/show/74

4.  TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS continued.  

4.1  Application of Surface Treatments for the Enhancement of Corrosion Resistance, John Yarnall, Bodycote Hardiff BV & Phil Dent, Exova

4.2 ‘Practical Aspects of Stainless Steel Construction for Marine Applications’, Clive Tuck, Lloyd’s Register EMEA

The main meeting closed at approximately 3.40pm.

2  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:  

Present

Robin Oakley (Chairman) – QinetiQ Tim Illson – GL Noble Denton (speaker)  

Phil Dent (Vice-Chairman) – Exova

Frank Parr - Stork Technical Services UK Ltd (guest)  

Gary Masters (Committee) – E.ON New Build & Technology

Richard Perkins – Aish Technologies Ltd
Robin Jacob (Committee) – Corrosion Consultancy Carol Powell – CDA  
Clive Tuck (Committee)– Lloyd’s Register EMEA Andy Mather – Rolls-Royce  
Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat Trevor Rayment – Diamond, University of Birmingham (speaker)  
John Cleminson – Langley Alloys Bernd Sagebiel – KME Germany AG & Co KG  

Spencer Court - Stork Technical Services UK Ltd (guest)  

Daniel Stephenson – London & Scandinavian Metallurgical  

Richard Dawson - Lloyd’s Register EMEA Tanvir Sumon – Saipem Ltd
John Galsworthy - QinetiQ Chris Wheatley – CJ Wiretech Limited
Tony Gerrard – BAC Corrosion Control Ltd Gareth Williams - ECHA Microbiology Ltd

Dennis Greaves – MoD

John Yarnall – Bodycote Hardiff BV (speaker)
Dean Haley – MoD

1.           APOLOGIES

Stephen Andrews – Clyde Pumps

Christos Kapsalis – KME Germany AG & Co KG

Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates Jagath Mawella – MoD
John Baynham - BEASY Stanley Nwaonu - Impalloy
Peter Cutler – Nickel Institute Steve Paterson – Shell
Steve Ellis - Cathelco Matthew Peet (committee) – CAPCIS
Roger Fran cis – Rolled Alloys Darren Reid-Hutchings – EDF Energy

Ian Hamilton (committee) – Aker Solutions

Keith Stokes – DSTL
Graham Hill – ECHA Microbiology Mike Wilson – BAE Systems
Briony Holmes – TWI Julian Wharton (committee) – Southampton University
Ben Hooker (committee) - Babcock Brian Wyatt – Corrosion Control
Tony Horner – Rolls Royce

2.      MINUTES OF LAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (26 January 2011)

These were accepted as a true record of that meeting.  

3.   MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES

      None.

4.   ELECTION OF OFFICERS/COMMITTEE  

All the committee were standing again and there had been no new nominations.  Acceptance of the committee as a whole was proposed by Carol Powell (CDA) and seconded by John Cleminson (Langley Alloys) and then accepted by the whole meeting. 

The Chairman pointed out that there were still vacancies should anyone wish to join the committee.  Anyone interested was asked to speak to a committee member to find out what was involved.

5.   CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

The Marine Corrosion Forum has continued in good health in 2011: membership has continued to increase slowly but steadily, attendance at technical meeting (averaging 33) is slightly above the figure for last year and member feedback appears to show satisfaction with the technical scope, content and organisation of our meetings. I am glad of the contributions from the newest committee members, Gary Masters and Ian Hamilton, over the past year and continue to value the support of the more established members and the tireless work of the Secretariat. 

We must recognise and thank all the presenters and attendees from their diverse backgrounds who make the Marine Corrosion Form possible. This year’s presentations have ranged from the near atom level probing of corrosion pit evolution, through corrosion resistant alloys, cathodic protection (of both concrete and steelwork), corrosion fatigue and paint coatings to asset corrosion management and Quality Assurance methods. Of particular note are those presentations from less “veteran” professionals that demonstrate the future strength of the marine corrosion prevention industry. 

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

To update our public profile, the MCF is both refreshing its literature and webpage (with thanks to those able to furnish new images to demonstrate the interests of the forum) and dipping a toe into the world of Twitter (once we’ve worked out what we want to tweet about!). 

Although our established “three centre” meeting distribution (London, Aberdeen, Birmingham and London again) appears to effectively meet members needs, the committee will continue to consider alternative venues as appropriate. The MCF hopes to organise at least one future meeting in the rather different surroundings of HMS Belfast, as originally planned for the January 2012 AGM. Our failure to realise this plan so far goes to show that worse things do happen at sea (or at least on the Thames!).

6.      SECRETARIAT’S REPORT    

At the end of 2011 the membership stood at 35.  No members had left, and we gained 2 members:  Rolls-Royce re-joined after a short gap, and Saipem have also joined us. We already have a new member for 2012 – London & Scandinavian Metallurgical.  A list of members will be sent out, as usual, with the January mailing. This is also available to members on request, at any time.

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

For 2012 the Management Committee have decided to leave the rates at the 2011 level (and indeed at the 2008 level).  The Full membership fees are therefore £655, but with a £100 discount for those companies that pay by 1st May 2012.  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, and has been retained, 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 IMarEST and IoM3 for these.  Applications for the latter have to be made for each meeting, and then details of the meeting are put on their website, giving us extra publicity. 

The MCF web-site still offers a useful contact point, and we now also have a presence on Twitter.  Links on the site enable requests for further information about the MCF, or for an invitation to a meeting.  Guests are invited to one meeting.  If they wish to attend further events then they need to become members. 

The News page gives details of conferences and other items likely to be of interest to members.  Further items are always welcomed, as are ideas, or offers, for presentations at our meetings. 

An updated version of our advertising flyer is currently being prepared, and will be available shortly.

7.      APPROVAL OF ACCOUNTS FOR 2011

Acceptance of these was proposed by Robin Jacob (Corrosion Consultancy), seconded by Andy Mather (Rolls-Royce) and agreed by the meeting.

8.      ANY OTHER BUSINESS

None.

9.      DATES OF NEXT MEETINGS

17 April 2012, Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen

11 July 2012, National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham

17 October 2012, TBA, London

TBA January 2013, AGM, London

 

The AGM was then closed and the Open Forum session opened.


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