Materials Performance

AUG 2018

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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10 AUGUST 2018 W W W.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM VIEWPOINT VIEWPOINT Buddy Reams Chief Maritime Officer, NACE International T Worldwide Corrosion Society Focuses on Corrosion Control for the Maritime Industry the potential savings associated with increasing port facility availability. You might ask why corrosion mitigation isn't more effectively implemented up front. The reality is that even if people with the cor- rect skills to identify the right corrosion control methods are in place, there is often no methodolog y for incorporating their advice into a business case or when it does reach the decision makers, the benefit or "return on investment" isn't understood. This is as true today as it was 50 years ago. Quality and safety management systems abound throughout the maritime industry to help minimize risk. When utilized, the risks addressed are often the rapidly emergent situations, like the more immediate situations identified previously. These systems strive to incorporate best practices from careful, advanced thought and wisdom gained from past experiences, all to minimize the conse- quences of events that can reasonably be expected to occur. Corrosion is a universal risk that needs to be incorporated into those management systems. The same 2013 IMPACT Study high- lighted the need to change how corrosion decisions are made. The first step to the solution is often the hardest; companies have to rec- ognize corrosion is a risk that can be properly managed. Once that is acknowledged, all areas of the organization need to be examined through the lens of corrosion management. There is no perfect one- size-fits-all Corrosion Management System (CMS). To be most effec- tive, a CMS must be tailored not only to the asset but also to the cor- porate priorities and culture. Once it's in place, the solutions and technologies needed to minimize the impact of corrosion over the planned life of the asset are more easily factored into decision making. Worldwide, companies that have embarked on this journey have recognized unexpected short-term improvements. For those that had the foresight and willingness to take preventative measures from the start, long-term performance expectations have been met and in some cases exceeded. The result: long-term cost savings, mid-term cost savings from new efficiencies, safer operation of infrastructure, and longer and more reliable periods of availability. Buddy Reams Chief Maritime Officer buddy.reams@nace.org T he histor y of maritime industries includes many long chapters on corrosion. The development of sea worthy alloys and coatings was long and arduous, and continues to progress to this day. Today, a large body of k nowledge already exists to slow corrosion processes and minimize risks due to corrosion. The failure of critical compo- nents at sea can result in the loss of life or the sink ing of a vessel; or necessitate costly rescue operations. One challenge is how best to include corrosion prevention in the design and construction of ships. This will not be a subtle change and could necessitate a holistic look at how ships are built. Fortu- nately, corrosion is better understood today compared to the past. Many superior products and solutions on the market today are not used because they are not easily adjusted into the cost-focused con- struction process. Sophisticated corrosion prevention solutions drive up costs, and these added costs could become higher than the cost of crew members. New alloys and coatings now exist that greatly extend the useful life of components, particularly at sea. Improved methods for monitoring corrosion can be employed. While corrosion cannot be eliminated completely, it can be man- aged to such a degree that catastrophic failures decrease. NACE International's priority is to develop corrosion control programs and services to meet increasing demand from the mari- time industry. NACE initiatives within the International Maritime Organization, INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO, International Stan- dards Organization, and other maritime-related organizations give insight into what problems the industry is currently facing and how NACE can bring corrosion into the forefront of industry minds. Partnering with industry leaders and advisory groups will enable NACE to develop a well-rounded portfolio of anti-corrosion prod- ucts that will benefit the industry in combatting corrosion. Beyond developing new corrosion control programs, it's about changing the way the industry plans for corrosion. Incorporating corrosion mitigation measures into planning, design, and construc- tion can be seen as an unreasonable cost given the "over the hori- zon" nature of the risk compared to other more immediate hazards. Often minimum attention is given up front to the risk of corrosion and once the problem becomes visible, operators have to start "chasing rust." The reality is that maintenance due to corrosion comes with a staggering price tag, almost $2.5 trillion U.S. dollars per year globally, according to the NACE 2013 IMPACT Study. The use of existing corrosion control technologies alone can save up to 35% in corrosion-related maintenance costs alone, not factoring in

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