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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 22 January 2014 at Lloyd's Register, London.

 

  PERSONS PRESENT

Robin Oakley (Chairman) – QinetiQ Tony Gerrard – BAC Corrosion Control Ltd  

Gary Masters (Vice-Chairman) – E.ON New Build & Technology

Dean Haley – MoD
Phil Dent (Committee) – Exova Steve Hankins - Corrpro Companies Europe Ltd  
Ben Hooker (Committee) - Babcock Lisbeth Hilbert – FORCE Technology (guest speaker)

Robin Jacob (Committee) – CP Consultancy

Xiuqing Li – Heatric Ltd  
Carol Powell (Committee) – CDA Cerri Love – Babcock
Clive Tuck (Committee)– Lloyd’s Register EMEA Qing Lu – TWI  
Brian Wyatt (Committee) – Corrosion Control Chris Lynch – Corrpro

Jean Tuck (Committee) – MCF Secretariat

Andy Mather – Rolls Royce
Carl Atkinson – EDF Energy Troels Mathiesen – FORCE Technology (guest)
Richard Baily - Impalloy   Aneel Mumtaz – Cathelco
Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates  Joseph Plummer - DSTL  
Geoff Camm – Deepwater EU Ltd Jim Preston – Corrosion Prevention Ltd (guest)
Alex Delwiche – Deepwater EU Ltd Ivan Richardson – Copper Alloys Ltd
Ross Fielding – Deepwater EU Ltd Bernd Sagebiel - KME
Roger Francis – RF Materials   Tony Staines – Langley Alloys  
Tim Froome - BEASY Pat Stokes – MACAW Engineering
John Galsworthy - QinetiQ

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

1        TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS 

1.1 Materials for Diffusion-bonded Heat Exchangers’, Xiuqing Li, Heatric Division of Meggitt (UK) Ltd

1.2 Keynote: ‘Corrosion Control inside Offshore Wind Farm Monopile Foundations’, Lisbeth Hilbert, FORCE Technology, Denmark

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

3.    OPEN FORUM

An interesting question had been submitted by previous member Ian Hamilton, currently working in Australia:  “There is a general industry acceptance that in untreated seawater, stainless steels (including 22Cr Duplex grades); have a dwell or incubation period prior to the onset of pitting corrosion.  The accepted values are:316L - 7 days, 317L - 10 days, 22Cr duplex - 21 days.  I am keen to determine the (original) source/s for these 'norms'.  Background is that during pipe laying, the possibility exists for a 'wet buckle' event, involving materials given above (plus others) and I want to be able to present a report on the subject”.

No one knew the source of the data.  However, Roger Francis (RF Materials) said that the time taken was dependant on the rate of formation of biofilm and this was very much influenced by local conditions.  He had himself observed significant differences of this in differing locations.  He thought that the time RATIO between the 3 materials could be approximately correct should all three be exposed in the same location.  Clive Tuck ( LR) added his agreement that the local environment would affect the incubation period, rather than a set number of days.  He added temperature as an additional critical factor.

4.  TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS continued.  

4.1  High Strength Cupro Nickels’, Ivan Richardson, Copper Alloys Ltd

4.2 ‘The Effect of Copper on Crevice Corrosion of Stainless Steels’, Roger Francis, RF Materials

The main meeting closed at approximately 3.35pm

2  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:  

Present

Robin Oakley (Chairman) – QinetiQ Tony Gerrard – BAC Corrosion Control Ltd  

Gary Masters (Vice-Chairman) – E.ON New Build & Technology

Dean Haley – MoD
Phil Dent (Committee) – Exova Steve Hankins - Corrpro Companies Europe Ltd  
Ben Hooker (Committee) - Babcock Lisbeth Hilbert – FORCE Technology (guest speaker)

Robin Jacob (Committee) – CP Consultancy

Xiuqing Li – Heatric Ltd  
Carol Powell (Committee) – CDA Cerri Love – Babcock
Clive Tuck (Committee)– Lloyd’s Register EMEA Qing Lu – TWI  
Brian Wyatt (Committee) – Corrosion Control Chris Lynch – Corrpro

Jean Tuck (Committee) – MCF Secretariat

Andy Mather – Rolls Royce
Carl Atkinson – EDF Energy Troels Mathiesen – FORCE Technology (guest)
Richard Baily - Impalloy   Aneel Mumtaz – Cathelco
Charlie Barraclough – Commtech Associates  Joseph Plummer - DSTL  
Geoff Camm – Deepwater EU Ltd Jim Preston – Corrosion Prevention Ltd (guest)
Alex Delwiche – Deepwater EU Ltd Ivan Richardson – Copper Alloys Ltd
Ross Fielding – Deepwater EU Ltd Bernd Sagebiel - KME
Roger Francis – RF Materials   Tony Staines – Langley Alloys  
Tim Froome - BEASY Pat Stokes – MACAW Engineering
John Galsworthy - QinetiQ

2.1.          APOLOGIES

Richard Dawson – Lloyd’s Register EMEA
Steve McCoy – Special Metals
Mike Moffat – Corrpro
Keith Stokes - DSTL
Geoff Warburton - NeoNickel

2.2      MINUTES OF LAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (23 January 2013)

These were accepted as a true record of that meeting.  

2.3.   MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES

      None.

2.4.   ELECTION OF OFFICERS/COMMITTEE  

The current committee is Robin Oakley – QinetiQ (Chairman), Gary Masters – E.ON NBT (Vice-Chairman), Phil Dent – Exova, Ben Hooker – Babcock, Robin Jacob – CP Consultancy, Carol Powell – CDA, Clive Tuck – Lloyd’s Register EMEA and Brian Wyatt – Corrosion Control.  Robin’s 6-year term as Chairman is completed and Ben Hooker is standing down after several years.  Phil Dent is prepared to stand as Chairman after many years as Vice-Chairman, and Pat Stokes – MACAW Engineering, has agreed to stand for the committee. 

Robin Jacob proposed these changes, Clive Tuck seconded them and the meeting accepted the new committee.

2.5.   CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

In 2013 the Marine Corrosion Forum celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special programme offering time for reflection on technical developments in certain topics over the period of the MCF’s existence: but focus was also shifted to the future, in the key area of recruitment and skills transfer within the marine corrosion profession. 

I am glad the MCF has continued to attract a wide range of presentations over the year, with both international and home-grown speakers, including well-known professionals and newer faces. I hope that this helps to explain the continued membership growth and meeting attendance, and provides guidance on our strategy going into the future. 

The Chairman is only the tip of the MCF iceberg: many thanks are owed to the committee members and the Secretary. Thanks are also owed to Lloyd’s Register for the provision of a venue for the two MCF meetings held in London. 

Looking back at the end of my six years as Chairman I’m struck by how many people I’ve had the opportunity to meet, involved in so many disciplines touching on marine corrosion; and my most memorable moment was probably organising  the 2013 AGM meeting on HMS Belfast- if only for the cold!  

I now hand over the Chairmanship to Phil Dent, who I know will take the MCF on to greater heights.

2.6.      SECRETARIAT’S REPORT    

At the end of 2013 the membership stood at 38.  Aker Solutions, London & Scandinavian Metallurgical, the MoD’s Underwater Systems Group and Saipem left, but we were rejoined by CJ Wiretech, and gained 6 new members:  CopperAlloys, Heatric Ltd, GE Oil & Gas Subsea Systems, MACAW Engineering and GL Noble Denton, while Roger Francis became our first Honorary Member.  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 2014 the Management Committee have decided to leave the rates at the 2013 level (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 2014.  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 possible, with a small charge 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, the cut-off date is 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 shortly be circulated for updating as usual.  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, IoM3 and 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’s own website still offers a useful contact point.  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.  We now offer up to three copies per member-company, if three names have been given to us as contacts. 

The Technical Programme for 2014 is nearing completion, so anyone wishing to volunteer a presentation, particularly one that can be held as a back-up, is invited to contact the Secretariat as soon as possible.

2.7.      APPROVAL OF ACCOUNTS FOR 2013

Acceptance of these was proposed by Phil Dent, seconded by Roger Francis and carried.

2.8.      AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION: CLAUSES 3.1.1, 3.3, 3.4, 6.3, 6.5

Robin Oakley explained that the changes were to clarify existing practice and to encourage up to 3 staff of corporate members to become involved with the MCF.   

These changes were proposed by Clive Tuck, seconded by Ben Hooker and adopted by the meeting.  Copies of the amended constitution will be sent to members.

2.9    ANY OTHER BUSINESS

On behalf of the MCF Management Committee and membership Phil Dent gave a sincere vote of thanks to Robin Oakley for his 6 years service as MCF chairman.  Phil mentioned that Robin has been an excellent chairman and has been dedicated to his role during his 6 years service.  During Robin’s tenure the MCF membership has grown by 20%, the membership fees have remained unchanged and the high standard of technical presentations has been maintained. 

Robin will remain on the management committee so his expertise and experience can be retained for the benefit of the MCF membership. 

Phil also to thanked Jean Tuck for all her work as Secretariat.

2.10.      DATES OF NEXT MEETINGS

15 April 2014, Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen

2 July 2014, National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham

15 October 2014, Lloyd’s Register, London

28 January 2015, AGM, London – date subject to venue

 

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


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