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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 23 January 2013 on the  HMS Belfast, London.

 

  PERSONS PRESENT

Robin Oakley (Chairman) – QinetiQ Xiuqing Li – Heatric Ltd  

Phil Dent (Vice-Chairman) – Exova

Chris Lynch – Corrpro Companies Europe Ltd  
Ian Hamilton (Committee) - Aker Solutions Steve McCoy – Special Metals  
Ben Hooker (Committee) - Babcock Jagath Mawella – MoD   

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

Juliana Measures – Cathelco
Robin Jacob (Committee) – Corrosion Consultancy Carl Minall – Babcock
Clive Tuck (Committee)– Lloyd’s Register EMEA Douglas Mills – University of Northampton (guest speaker)  
Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat Mary Mills (guest)

Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates  

Jon Nichols - Babcock  
Glenn Byrne – Rolled Alloys   Richard Perkins – Aish Technologies Ltd  
Geoff Camm – Deepwater EU Ltd   Joseph Plummer - DSTL  
Peter Cutler – Nickel Institute   Carol Powell – CDA
Akin Fajimi – Rolled Alloys   Gang Ren -TWI  
Roger Francis – RF Materials   Ivan Richardson – Copper Alloys Ltd
John Galsworthy - QinetiQ Tony Staines – Langley Alloys  
Tony Gerrard – BAC Corrosion Control Ltd   Keith Stokes – DSTL  
Bryan Hall – ex Royal Naval Scientific Service (guest)   Mark Tur - CDA
Steve Hankins - Corrpro Companies Europe Ltd   Peter Webster – CDA  
Briony Holmes – TWI   Gareth Williams – ECHA Microbiology  
Mark Jones – Cathelco   Mike Wilson – BAE Systems
Ulf Kivisäkk – AB Sandvik Materials Technology (guest speaker)   Brian Wyatt – Corrosion Control

The Chairman, Robin Oakley, opened the meeting at 11:05 am, welcoming the membership both to HMS Belfast and the MCF’s 25th Anniversary year.  

1        TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS 

1.1 Antimicrobial Copper - a Simple Way to Reduce Contamination in Close Quarters?’, Mark Tur, CDA

In introducing the next speaker the Chairman explained that 4 topics had been chosen (one for each of the 2013 meetings) which had been ‘hot’ topics in 1988, and are still.

1.2 Keynote: ‘25 years of Crevice Corrosion Testing of Stainless Steels, the Period After the Discovery of the Biofilm’, Ulf Kivisäkk, AB Sandvik Materials Technology (25th anniversary ‘hot’ topic)

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

3.    OPEN FORUM

3.1   Keith Stokes (DSTL) asked whether anyone had any information on vapour phase inhibitors.  Ben Hooker (Babcock) said that they had investigated VPIs and VCIs but could not find sufficient information to mitigate the additional risk to the platforms proposed for their usage.  Richard Perkins added that they (Aish Technologies) have used these on one vessel to date.  Any other information would be welcomed by Keith.

3.2  Bryan Hall (ex Royal Naval Scientific Service and first MCC Chairman) gave a few words on the setting up and early days of the MCC (now MCF).  He reflected on various problems that had been encountered and said how thrilled he was to see the group thriving 25 years on.

4.  TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS continued.  

4.1  Corrosion Protection (Particularly by Organic Coatings) of Steel in Sea Water’, Douglas Mills, University of Northampton

4.2 Marine Corrosion during 25 Years of the MCC/MCF’, Roger Francis, RF Materials

Following this presentation the Chairman was pleased to offer Roger Francis, on behalf of the Management Committee and Membership, the first of the Honorary Memberships.

The main meeting closed at approximately 3.40pm

2  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:  

Present

Robin Oakley (Chairman) – QinetiQ Xiuqing Li – Heatric Ltd  

Phil Dent (Vice-Chairman) – Exova

Chris Lynch – Corrpro Companies Europe Ltd  
Ian Hamilton (Committee) - Aker Solutions Steve McCoy – Special Metals  
Ben Hooker (Committee) - Babcock Jagath Mawella – MoD   

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

Juliana Measures – Cathelco
Robin Jacob (Committee) – Corrosion Consultancy Carl Minall – Babcock
Clive Tuck (Committee)– Lloyd’s Register EMEA Douglas Mills – University of Northampton (guest speaker)  
Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat Mary Mills (guest)

Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates  

Jon Nichols - Babcock  
Glenn Byrne – Rolled Alloys   Richard Perkins – Aish Technologies Ltd  
Geoff Camm – Deepwater EU Ltd   Joseph Plummer - DSTL  
Peter Cutler – Nickel Institute   Carol Powell – CDA
Akin Fajimi – Rolled Alloys   Gang Ren -TWI  
Roger Francis – RF Materials   Ivan Richardson – Copper Alloys Ltd
John Galsworthy - QinetiQ Tony Staines – Langley Alloys  
Tony Gerrard – BAC Corrosion Control Ltd   Keith Stokes – DSTL  
Bryan Hall – ex Royal Naval Scientific Service (guest)   Mark Tur - CDA
Steve Hankins - Corrpro Companies Europe Ltd   Peter Webster – CDA  
Briony Holmes – TWI   Gareth Williams – ECHA Microbiology  
Mark Jones – Cathelco   Mike Wilson – BAE Systems
Ulf Kivisäkk – AB Sandvik Materials Technology (guest speaker)   Brian Wyatt – Corrosion Control

2.1.          APOLOGIES

 Steve Ellis – Cathelco

Christos Kapsalis – KME Germany AG & Co KG
Chris Fowler - Exova Darren Reid-Hutchings – EDF Energy
Graham Hill – ECHA Microbiology Peter Strawbridge - MoD
David Hillis – Total E&P UK

2.2      MINUTES OF LAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (25 January 2012)

These were accepted as a true record of that meeting.  

2.3.   MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES

      None.

2.4.   ELECTION OF OFFICERS/COMMITTEE  

Julian Wharton (University of Southampton) and Matthew Peet (CAPCIS) had stood down due to other commitments).  Carol Powell (CDA) and Brian Wyatt (Corrosion Control) had been nominated by the committee to replace them.  Phil Dent’s (Exova) term of office as Vice-Chair had been completed, though he is still willing to stay on the committee, and Gary Masters (E.ON) had been nominated as his replacement. 

To retain the existing committee members and accept change of vice-chairman: proposer Keith Stokes (DSTL), seconder Brian Wyatt (Corrosion Control) and accepted by the meeting. 

To accept the two new committee nominations: proposer Robin Oakley (QinetiQ), seconder  Robin Jacob (CP Consultancy) and accepted by the meeting.

2.5.   CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

The Chairman thanked everyone for attending what he thought was the first meeting of the MCF held afloat. He was glad to report that the MCF in it’s 25th year continued to grow in membership while maintaining the quality of its well attended technical meetings. 

The MCF has maintained a sustainable balance sheet over the past year, and measures had been taken to manage the organisation’s operating risks through the purchase of Public Liability Insurance. 

The Chairman thanked the committee members, and especially the MCF Secretary Jean Tuck, for their hard work over the past year. To ensure a broadly based committee able to attended the quarterly management meetings it had been agreed that committee members Matthew Peet and Julian Wharton would step down this year, with two new committee members (Carol Powell and Brian Wyatt) elected to replace them. The Chairman thanked Matthew and Julian in their absence for their contributions to the MCF. A special vote of thanks was offered to Phil Dent, standing down as Vice-Chairman after nine years in post. Phil has been replaced by Gary Masters as Vice-Chairman, and remains active on the committee. The Chairman also reminded the members that 2013 would be his last year in office. 

The Chairman finally reflected on the 25th Anniversary year of the MCF; how the society has evolved over the years from the Marine Corrosion Club and on all the work of prior members necessary for the MCF to have survived over this time. He hoped that the MCF would develop and flourish equally over the next 25 years.

2.6.      SECRETARIAT’S REPORT    

At the end of 2012 the membership stood at 36.  Clyde Pumps left and both CAPCIS and CJ Wiretech did not renew.  We gained 3 members:  London & Scandinavian Metallurgical joined at the very start of the year and we’ve also been joined by Corrpro Companies Europe Ltd and Special Metals. We already have a new member for 2013 – Copper Alloys Ltd.  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 2013 the Management Committee have decided to leave the rates at the 2012 level.  The Full membership fees are therefore £655, but with a £100 discount for those companies that pay by 1st May 2013.  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 important to those who choose to use it, and has thus been retained, though several companies prefer to use bank transfers. 

For those who are late renewing their membership, mailings have continued to be sent out until after the July meeting.  The Committee feels this is too long, so the cut-off date will become the end of June, with reminders sent, but no further mailings without subscription renewal. 

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, as well as new recognition by ICorr.  Applications for the IoM3 have to be made for each meeting, and then we submit details of the meeting to be put on their website, giving us extra publicity.   

The MCF website still offers a useful contact point, and we are also on Twitter.  Links on the website enable requests for further information or for an invitation to an MCF meeting.  The News page gives details of conferences and other items likely to be of interest to members.  Further items are always welcomed. 

The Metadex literature search results continue to be very popular and the electronic format enables recipients to search for specific words.  It is unusual to have this facility for a group of companies to use, instead of a single company, and we pay not only by the number of items included, but also by the number of copies that we order.  Some members have requested additional copies so the committee have decided to order up to three copies per members company in future.  You will shortly be asked to nominate one or two colleagues to receive this as well as yourself. 

An updated version of our advertising flyer was produced in 2012 and is available if anyone wishes to publicise us in any way.

2.7.      APPROVAL OF ACCOUNTS FOR 2012

Acceptance of these was proposed by Robin Jacob (Corrosion Consultancy), seconded by Ian Hamilton (Aker Solutions) and agreed by the meeting.

2.8.      AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION: CLAUSE 3.1.4

Honorary Membership (non-voting) may be offered at the discretion of the Management Committee to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of marine corrosion and the activities of the Marine Corrosion Forum.  There will be no annual fee.  Mailings to be electronic where possible.  The Honorary Membership will be renewed annually, upon review by the Management Committee.  (Proposed changes underlined). 

The Chairman explained that the purpose of this clause (and its amendment) was to maintain the link with those members of the corrosion community/MCF when they were not supported by an employer in the way that ordinary members are.  It was a way of helping and retaining within the MCF those who had moved out from standard employment. 

This was proposed by Robin Oakley (QinetiQ), seconded by Clive Tuck (LR EMEA) and carried by the meeting.

2.9    ANY OTHER BUSINESS

None.

2.10.      DATES OF NEXT MEETINGS

16 April 2013, Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen

10 July 2013, National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham

16 October 2013, Lloyd’s Register, London

22 January 2014, AGM, London

 

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


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