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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 25 January 2017 at Lloyd's Register, London.

 

  PERSONS PRESENT

Committee

Phil Dent - Exova (Chairman)
Robin Oakley – QinetiQ
Pat Stokes - ROSEN UK
Clive Tuck – MCF Committee
William Wistance – Lloyds Register EMEA
Brian Wyatt – Corrosion Control
Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat
Lewis Barton - MCF Secretariat

Members & Guests
Carl Minall – Babcock International Group
Roger Francis – RF Materials
Jonathan Nichols – Babcock International Group
Aneel Mumtaz – Cathelco Ltd
John Galsworthy – QinetiQ
Ian Spring – Corrosion Prevention
Michael Wilson – BAE Systems Submarines
Tom Reid – BAE Systems Submarines
Nigel Ward – Nickel Institute
Chris Googan – Anticorrosion Engineering
Ian Perryman – Perryman Engineering
Tim Froome – CM BEASY
John Baynham – CM BEASY
Aneel Mumtaz – Cathelco Ltd









Phil Munn – Midland Corrosion Services Ltd (guest speaker)
David Flemington – MOD
Gary Meusz – MOD
Matin Momeni – DNV GL Oil & Gas
Graham Hill – ECHA Microbiology Ltd
Mark Thomson-Tur – CDA/NI
Gareth Williams – ECHA Microbiology Ltd
John Thornhill – Wartsila UK
Rodney Rice – Langley Alloys
Roger Francis – RF Materials
Richard Perkins – Aish Tenchnologies Ltd
Giuseppe Scatigno – EDF Engergy

The Chairman, Phil Dent (Exova), opened the meeting at 11:00 am.  

1        TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS 

1.1 A New Risk-based Method for Assessing Microbiological Induced Corrosion’, Matin Momeni, DNV-GL

1.2 Optimisation and Validation of Internal Corrosion Direct Assessment – Prediction vs Reality’, Lewis Barton, ROSEN Group

2.    MCF NEWS & OPEN FORUM

2.1 Brian Wyatt gave talk of his plans to increase the interest and the number of students going on to study corrosion engineering. He noted the current industry shortage of good quality corrosion engineers and how very few were taking up the profession, as corrosion engineering is now seen as a side skill amongst many. To help promote corrosion engineering Brian proposed the possibility of visiting schools and universities in collaboration with a similar ICorr initiative. In order to achieve this Brian appealed to MCF members to volunteer, to help with the initiative. Ideally volunteers needed would be one experienced member of the MCF who has a well established reputation and career and a second new to corrosion engineering. These would accompany Brian on various visits to answer questions and give advice.

2.2 A very current discussion followed raised by Matin Momeni, as to if we should be encouraging students to pursue a career in corrosion engineering given the bleak current economic outlook and mass redundancies in the industry. It was commented that the industry was cyclic and such events have happened before. It is only a matter of time before asset operators realise that they need in-house corrosion expertise. It was therefore concluded that despite the current economic environment, corrosion engineering was still a valuable and needed discipline.


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


4.  TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS continued.  

4.1  ‘Designing Marine Reinforced Concrete Structures to Achieve Best Possible Up-throw of Current from Immersed Anodes to Bars above the Water Level’, John Baynham, BEASY

4.2 ‘‘Corrosion Failure Investigations and the Role of an Expert Witness’, Phil Munn, Midland Corrosion Services Ltd



The main meeting closed at approximately 3.40pm



2  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:  

Present

Committee
Phil Dent - Exova (Chairman)
Robin Oakley – QinetiQ
Pat Stokes - ROSEN UK
Clive Tuck – MCF Committee
William Wistance – Lloyds Register EMEA
Brian Wyatt – Corrosion Control
Jean Tuck – MCF Secretariat
Lewis Barton - MCF Secretariat

Members & Guests
Carl Minall – Babcock International Group
Roger Francis – RF Materials
Jonathan Nichols – Babcock International Group
Aneel Mumtaz – Cathelco Ltd
John Galsworthy – QinetiQ
Ian Spring – Corrosion Prevention
Michael Wilson – BAE Systems Submarines
Tom Reid – BAE Systems Submarines
Nigel Ward – Nickel Institute
Chris Googan – Anticorrosion Engineering
Ian Perryman – Perryman Engineering
Tim Froome – CM BEASY
John Baynham – CM BEASY
Aneel Mumtaz – Cathelco Ltd









Phil Munn – Midland Corrosion Services Ltd (guest speaker)
David Flemington – MOD
Gary Meusz – MOD
Matin Momeni – DNV GL Oil & Gas
Graham Hill – ECHA Microbiology Ltd
Mark Thomson-Tur – CDA/NI
Gareth Williams – ECHA Microbiology Ltd
John Thornhill – Wartsila UK
Rodney Rice – Langley Alloys
Roger Francis – RF Materials
Richard Perkins – Aish Tenchnologies Ltd
Giuseppe Scatigno – EDF Engergy

2.1 APOLOGIES


2.2      MINUTES OF LAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (27 January 2016)

Acceptance was proposed by Clive Tuck (Hon Member), seconded by Robin Oakley (QinetiQ) and were then accepted as a true record of the meeting.

2.3.   MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES

      None.

2.4.   ELECTION OF OFFICERS/COMMITTEE  

The current management committee is:
Phil Dent – Exova (Chairman),
Gary Masters – Uniper Technologies (Vice-Chairman),
Robin Jacob – CP Consultancy,
Robin Oakley – QinetiQ,
Pat Stokes – MACAW Engineering,
Clive Tuck – Honorary member
Brian Wyatt – Corrosion Control.
William Wistance – Lloyds Register EMEA

Carol Powell, has temporarily stepped down from the committee. Mark Thomson-Tur, has been nominated by Angela Vesey to join the committee in her absence.
Qing Lu, has been nominated by Shiladitya Paul to join the committee
Rodney Rice, has been nominated by Chris Halliday to join the committee.
There were no other nominations, but still spaces if anyone else wished to join during the year.
The meeting had a show of hands, and the full committee, plus new nominations, were unanimously accepted.

2.5.   CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

The MCF is now in starting its 29th year and is still providing a valuable forum for the presentation and discussion of topics relating to marine corrosion and ‘wet’ corrosion issues. In particular the forum provides a relatively unique opportunity to present and receive current information on corrosion issues without the requirement of the presenter to publish or provide copies of presentations. Abstracts are published on the MCF website and it is up to the presenter to decide whether the presentation is also made available.

Our membership currently stands at 37 companies, which remains unchanged from 2015 and I would like to thank all our members for their support during 2016.

In the four meetings held during 2016 we have had 17 presentations, 12 from member-companies, 3 from non-members and 2 from Universities. On behalf of the committee I would like to thank all of the presenters for sharing their valuable knowledge and for their time in preparing and delivering the presentations. We are very fortunate in already having a full programme for 2017, however we would welcome any offers for presentations for 2018.

One strength of the MCF is the range of topics covered and during 2016 we have had presentations on:
  • Internal corrosion and CP on wind farm monopoles
  • Use of duplex stainless steels in low O2 and sour environments
  • Hydrogen cracking and sulfide stress cracking (SSC) of martensitic stainless steels and plasma-nitrided 17-4PH stainless steel
  • Asset management and coating inspection
  • Material selection on Ni-Al bronze and of gaskets
  • Hull biofouling
  • Atmospheric corrosion of austenitic stainless steel

During 2016 the joint MCF/ICorr committee on ‘New entrants to Corrosion Engineering’ has continued to meet with the aim of improving the profile of Corrosion Engineering in schools and Universities. The committee has been chaired by Brian Wyatt (MCF member & ICorr council member) who has now handed the baton onto John Fletcher (Past President of ICorr). Brian will still be involved on the committee and I would like to thank Brian for all his work as past chairman. The MCF is represented on the committee by myself, Brian, Mark Turr and Robin Jacobs. During2016 the committee has been focusing on two areas, namely:

  • Promoting the awareness of Corrosion Engineering in schools – Robin Jacob has been leading this initiative at two schools in the Telford area and one school in Wolverhampton. A presentation has been made at one school and the MCF and ICorr are participating in a Careers Forum on 6th February at Wolverhampton Grammar School.
  • Improving links with Universities – For the previous 2 years the MCF have been offering four free paces at each meeting to University students and during the 2016 meetings we were pleased to welcome eight students to our meetings from: University of Surrey, University of Birmingham, University of Aberdeen, Manchester University

We are fortunate in having an enthusiastic and committed committee, who meet before three of the MCF meetings and have regular email contact. I would like to thank my vice-chair, Gary Masters and all the committee members for their valued contribution in providing speakers, making presentations and for supporting the work of the Forum.

Jean took on the role of Secretariat to the MCF in 2001 and as I am sure you are all aware has now retired from the role, although she will still be managing the MCF website during 2017. The role has now been taken on by Lewis Barton from the Rosen Group (Formally MACAW), who are MCF Members. On behalf of the committee and all of the MCF members I would like to give my thanks to Jean for all her hard work and dedication to the Marine Corrosion Forum over more than 15 years. Jean has been a pleasure to work with over the years in my roles as committee member, vice-chair and chair. She has provided great stability over the years and has made the work of the committee relatively easy, since we have been confident that the administration and accounts of the MCF has been in very safe hands. Jean should be very proud of her work for the MCF and for her contribution in making the Forum such a successful organisation for the discussions and dissemination of knowledge on corrosion issues.


In recognition of Jeans contribution to the MCF over many years a signed card and £100 gift voucher were presented to Jean on behalf of the MCF Committee and Members. Also flowers were delivered to Jeans home on the Thursday after the meeting

2.6.      SECRETARIAT’S REPORT    

At the end of 2016 the membership stood at 37. Heatric, Shell and Special Metals did not renew, but gained Wartsilla and Perryman engineering, and a new Honorary member, Clive Tuck. There are currently no Aberdeen members of the MCF. The end of year accounts are provided to members with their copies of these minutes

For 2017 the Management Committee have decided to raise membership fees by 5 %. This particularly needs to cover VAT incurred by having a company secretariat. Though not all of this increase will be incurred in 2017. The full membership fees are therefore £720, but with a £100 discount for those companies that pay by 1st May 2017. Overseas membership and sole trader membership will be £450 was a similar £100 discount for prompt payment. Overseas payments not in sterling will incur a charge of £50 to cover bank costs.

The facility to take card payments remains possible. Looking into PayPal account so those who prefer to pay by card can do so online. Those people will be contacted to see if this an acceptable method.

CPD Certificate are available at meeting, and we have been pleased to have the continued recognition of IoM3 and ICorr, both of whom advertise our meetings on their websites.

The MCF’s own website still offers a useful contact point. Links of the website enable requests for further information or for an invitation to an MCF meeting. Pdf booklets of member company laboratory facilities and consultancies can be accessed and any other member wishing to participate in these can do so.

The metadex literature search results continue to be very popular and electronic format enables recipients to search for specific words. It is unusual to have this facility for a group of companies to us, 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.

That concludes my final Secretariat report, having started in 2001, though I am to continue doing the website for a while longer for visual continuity. Thanks to you all for making this such an interesting and enjoyable role.

2.7.      APPROVAL OF ACCOUNTS FOR 2016

Acceptance of these was proposed by Roger Francis (RF Materials), seconded by Robin Oakley (QinetiQ) and carried.

2.8    ANY OTHER BUSINESS

None.

2.9.      DATES OF NEXT MEETINGS

25 April 2017, Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen

5 July 2017, National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham

25 October 2017, Lloyd’s Register, London

TBC January 2018, AGM, London

 

The AGM was then closed and the general meeting session recommenced.


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