Certification of cathodic protection personnel competence is a requirement for the cathodic protection industry throughout Europe in accordance with BS EN 15257 (soon to become an ISO Standard). This includes all personnel i.e. Technicians, Senior Technicians/Junior Engineers, Field Engineers, Designers and Consultants carrying out cathodic protection duties such as survey, design, installation, testing, monitoring and maintenance within the UK and Europe. With the ISO this will be international.
This course and examination, for Level 2 Senior CP Technicians, is in compliance with BS EN 15257 and suitable for candidates with a minimum Level 1 experience in cathodic protection, or with Dispensation from ICorr based on education, professional qualifications and experience to bypass Level 1, but note that full Certification to Level 2 by ICorr requires a minimum of four year’s approved marine CP experience (less with a higher level education). The course is likely to be of particular value to, in addition to Level 1 Technicians in this or other sectors:
• Level 2 Senior Technicians Certificated in the Buried or Steel in Concrete sectors
• Engineers in the offshore Oil and Gas sectors involved in cathodic protection
• Engineers and Inspection and Maintenance personnel in the Offshore Wind industry
The location of the course provides special interest allowing for practical measurements to be taken on site at the Harwich International Port Ltd. Particular thanks are due to Dean Tatum, Port Engineer.
The topics of this course are fully set out and described in BS EN 15257 for Level 2 at Annex B1 and B3 and cover the application of cathodic protection (CP) to the following marine structures:
• Wharves, pilings and walls
• Subsea structures
• Offshore Wind Foundations
• Offshore pipelines (submerged and buried)
• Offshore platforms
• Ship external hulls
The branch AGM and Golf Day was held on 12 July at Heyrose Golf Club Knutsford.
Due to ongoing issues with GDPR, advance notice of the Golf was not circulated, but notice of the AGM, which is a legal requirement, was.This resulted in a select few enjoying an afternoon of golf in beautiful weather, on what was agreed is a very nice golf course.The trophy was yet again taken by Ken Dykes, fitting reward for organising the event.OCCA’s golfers were invited to join in, but, due to the short notice none were able to attend, however, the branch golfers expressed an interest in raising a team to compete in OCCA Manchester Section Golf Day on 20 September at Whitefield Golf Club.
Andy Bradley in his Chairman’s report expressed concern over the misunderstandings regarding GDPR, which was echoed by Chris Atkins who had tabled an official AOB question regarding the subject.Andy also said that he had not been able to make contact with the current Vice-Chairman so would like to seek a replacement.Omniflex have joined as a sustaining member company, with himself and Ian Sutherton as designated members.
It was great to see Chris Atkins back on his feet again and able to take a more active part in ICorr proceedings again following his devastating accident.
The existing committee and officers were re elected and a vote of thanks was given to Barry Windsor for all his years of dedicated service.
A general discussion took place and a programme of events was planned for the following season.
These include a presentation on CP by Omniflex in September, a resurrection of the “Lean Conference” in Salford, a Christmas meal on 6th December and the 50th AGM and Golf Day on 23 May 2019.
Many thanks from the Midland Branch to Trevor Box for his chairmanship, with the branch growing in strength during his period at the reins.Thanks also to the branch committee and all members for their support.
The branch held an informal committee meeting on 24th July, specifically to arrange the branch meeting programme for the next 12+ month period. The following preliminary schedule has been arranged, this year a September evening event is proposed along with the December Branch meeting and ICORR AGM. For the December meeting we have chosen a theme of Pipelines with presentations from across the industry on the integrity of pipeline systems.
A one day Branch event is proposed for June next year, full details to be provided in due course. Provisional plans have been made for a steam train corrosion related meeting, and possible train ride + food, again more details to be published in due course.
The branch is looking to have the coatings industry of the midlands better represented, and those interested please make contact Bill Whittaker, at firstname.lastname@example.org, plus willing speakers are also invited to make contact so we can include them within our up-coming events programme.
The first meeting of the new season will be held as usual at Imperial College, on 11th October.The topic will be, “Advanced cathodic protection; protection design by finite method”, by Paolo Marcassoli from Cescor. More details will be available on the Branch page of the Institute website nearer the time.
The second branch joint meeting with the Society of Chemical Industry will be held at SCI, 14 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS, on 25th October 2018 and entitled “A Fighting Ship and Fighting Corrosion”The Speakers will be, Dr Eleanor Schofield – Mary Rose Trust and Jim Glynn – ICorr and Beanny Ltd.The presentations will describe the conservation strategies developed during the restoration of the Mary Rose, and the dynamic duo of coatings and cathodic protection.
The starting time is 17.30 for 18.00, and a net-working drinks reception will follow at 19.30. This event is free to attend, but please register in advance to help with catering at, http://bit.ly/2k6CXUR.Registration can also be made through John O’Shea at, email@example.com.Further details are available on both ICorr and SCI websites.
The race started in Oceanside, California and covered 3000miles across 12 states arriving in Annapolis, Maryland on the east coast after 6 days of non-stop cycling.
For 36 years RAAM has been challenging ultra-cyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits to the farthest reaches.The routetraverses three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio), the Great Plains, and also passes through such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, and Gettysburg.It is open to amateur and professional racers, in solo, 2-, 4- and 8-person relay teams, and has become a huge platform for racers to raise awareness and money for charities of their choice.The racers have raised a total of over $2 million per year, for the past 5 years.
The Team New Forest from Hampshire is a 4 man relay team, and 2 of the racers were professional members of the Institute, Ian Patterson and Lee Spoor. The other two cyclists were John Sibley and Nick Buis. There was also an 11 strong supporting crew, and again two of which were also professional members of the Institute, Andrew Patterson and David Horrocks.
Team New Forest finished in 6 days 3 hours and 56 minutes and ahead of their rival American team by just under 3 hours.In total the team raised over £7,500 (+£1200 in gift aid) for their chosen charity, Cancer Research UK.