The President Writes ..

The President Writes ..

It has been a very busy few months since I last wrote to you.  I recently returned from a week in Houston where I attended the Offshore Technology Conference, and it was encouraging to see the number of attendees were once again up and people I spoke to all seemed buoyant about the state of the industry.

I have also had the pleasure of attending the CEOCOR conference, which was a wonderful success, with delegate number exceeding our initial expectations, and the level of discussion and debate at the conference was first class.  Our thanks must go to the organizing committee  who have been hard at work on this for over 12 months, also to the CEOCOR Chairman, Brian Wyatt, for partnering with ICorr for such a mutually beneficial event to be held in the UK.  I am sure that this will have helped to cement the working relationship between CEOCOR and ICorr. Undoubtedly the organizing committee will not thank me for this, but if you do have any joint conferences that you would like to work with ICorr on, please let me know.

Another very successful CED Working Day was held by Nick Smart and his committee, and I had the pleasure of presenting the second Paul McIntyre award to the worthy recipient, Dr John Broomfield.

Plans continue to move, under the watchful eye of Trevor Osborne, to a  new permanent home for the Institute, and we are at advanced stages in discussions for a property in Northampton, but as you can all appreciate this is not a done deal until we have the keys in our possession.

PDTC have recently had a lively committee meeting that was kindly hosted at Elecometer, and I do believe that the future of our training offerings looks bright.  All details of upcoming courses are on the website or you can contact the office for more detailed information.  We have a Fundamentals of Corrosion course scheduled for next month.

The passion which is displayed by our volunteers continues to be what drives the Institute forward, and with passion comes strong commitment, which can only advance our aims further.    

Finally there is another PDTC meeting and a Council meeting schedule for next month, and I will update you on the outcome of these in the next issue.

Sarah Vasey, ICorr President

Privacy Policy

Revised 6th March 2018


The Institute of Corrosion (ICorr) is required to maintain certain personal data about living individuals for the purposes of satisfying operational obligations. The Institute recognises the importance of the correct and lawful treatment of personal data; it maintains confidence in the organisation and provides for successful operations.

The types of personal data that the Institute of Corrosion may require include, as examples, information about: current, past and prospective employees and officers of ICorr; members of ICorr; individuals who hold certification where ICorr is the Certificating Body; suppliers and others with whom it communicates. This personal data, whether it is held on paper, on computer or other media, is subject to the appropriate legal safeguards as specified in the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Institute of Corrosion fully endorses and adheres to the eight principles of the Data Protection Act. These principles specify the legal conditions that must be satisfied in relation to obtaining, handling, processing, transportation, and storage of personal data. Employees and any others who obtain, handle, process, transport and store personal data for the Institute must adhere to these principles.


The principles require that personal data shall:

1. Be processed fairly and lawfully and shall not be processed unless certain conditions are met;

2. Be obtained for a specified and lawful purpose and shall not be processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose;

3. Be adequate, relevant and not excessive for those purposes;

4. Be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;

5. Not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose;

6. Be processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights;

7. Be kept secure from unauthorised or unlawful processing and protected against accidental loss, destruction or damage by using the appropriate technical and organisational measures;

8. And not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area, unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.

Satisfaction of principles

In order to meet the requirements of the principles, the Institute of Corrosion shall:

▪ observe fully the conditions regarding the fair collection and use of personal data;

▪ meet its obligations to specify the purposes for which personal data is used;

collect and process appropriate personal data only to the extent that it is needed to fulfil operational or any legal requirements;

▪ ensure the quality of personal data used;

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▪ apply strict checks to determine the length of time personal data is held;

ensure that the rights of individuals about whom the personal data is held, can be fully exercised under the Act;

take the appropriate technical and organisational security measures to safeguard personal data;

and ensure that personal data is not transferred abroad without suitable safeguards.

The Designated Data Protection Officer

The Institute of Corrosion shall ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act by nominating a Data Protection Officer who shall be responsible for implementation of this policy on behalf of the Council, Trustees and President of ICorr. The Data Protection Officer may be contacted at:

Data Protection Officer
The Institute of Corrosion
Barratt House
Kingsthorpe Road
tel: + 44 (0)1604 438222

Any questions or concerns about the interpretation or operation of this policy should be taken up in the first instance with the Data Protection Officer.

Status of the policy

This policy has been approved by the Council of the Institute of Corrosion and employees of ICorr shall be bound by its principles. Any employee who considers that the policy has not been followed in any way (for example in respect of personal data about themselves or others) should raise the matter with the Data Protection Controller in the first instance.

Subject access

All individuals who are the subject of personal data held by ICorr are entitled to:

Ask what information ICorr holds about them and why.

▪ Ask how to gain access to it.

Be informed how to keep it up to date.

Be informed what ICorr is doing to comply with its obligations under the 1998 Data Protection Act.

Employee responsibilities

All employees are responsible for:

Checking that any personal data that they provide to ICorr is accurate and up to date.

Informing ICorr of any changes to information which they have provided, e.g. changes of address.

Checking any information that ICorr may send out from time to time, giving details of information that is being kept and processed.

If, as part of their responsibilities, employees collect information about other people (e.g. about the personal circumstances of members, or about individuals in a certification scheme), they must comply with this Policy. ICorr, Data Protection Policy (6/3/2018) page 3 of 3

Data security

The need to ensure that data is kept securely means that precautions must be taken

against physical loss or damage, and that both access and disclosure must be restricted.

All staff are responsible for ensuring that:

▪ Any personal data which they hold is kept securely

Personal information is not disclosed either orally or in writing or otherwise to any unauthorised third party.

Rights to access information

All subjects of personal data held by ICorr have the right to access any data that is being kept about them on computer and also have access to paper-based data where it is held on manual filing systems. This right is subject to certain exemptions which are set out in the Data Protection Act. Any person who wishes to exercise this right should make the request in writing to the Data Protection Controller.

The Institute of Corrosion reserves the right to charge a fee payable for each subject access request. If personal details are inaccurate, they shall be amended upon request for no further charge. ICorr aims to comply with requests for access to personal information as quickly as possible, but will ensure that it is provided within 40 days of receipt of a request unless there is good reason for delay. In such cases, the reason for delay will be explained in writing to the individual making the request.


Information that is in the public domain is exempt from the 1998 Data Protection Act. This would include, for example, information contained within publications. Any individual who has good reason for wishing details in such publications to remain confidential should contact the Data Protection Controller.

Subject consent

The need to process data for normal purposes has been communicated to all data subjects (e.g. members of ICorr). In some cases, if the data is sensitive, for example information about health, race or gender, express consent from the individual to process the data must be obtained.

Retention of data

The Institute of Corrosion shall keep some forms of information for longer than others. All staff are responsible for ensuring that information is not kept for longer than necessary.

Supporting material

The Institute of Corrosion has produced a Data Protection Manual in support of this policy. These documents can be obtained from the Data Protection Controller. The purpose for holding personal data, and a general description of the categories of people and organis-ations to whom it may be disclosed, are listed in the Data Protection Manual as part of the Data Protection register. This information may be inspected or obtained from the Date Protection Controller.

The branch kicked off 2018 with 3 well attended events

The branch kicked off 2018 with 3 well attended events

The branch kicked off 2018 with 3 well attended events with an average attendance of over 60 people, beginning with a special cathodic protection evening on the 30th of January. In the first of two presentations, Edgar Rodrigues of TAQA gave an excellent talk on “Impressed Current Cathodic Protection Retrofit Strategy in the North Sea”.

TAQA’s fixed drilling and production installation was installed in the North Sea in 1980 in 161 metres water depth approximately 110 miles north-east of Lerwick in the Shetlands.   The platform jacket has 8 legs and was installed with traditional stand-off galvanic anodes, but its sacrificial CP System is now beyond its original design life.   Surveys from 2010 to 2013 indicated a reduction in corrosion protection from the CP system, and plans were implemented to upgrade this. A remote impressed current CP (ICCP) anode sled system was selected, installed and commissioned in early 2016. This presentation discussed the CP design process and the many challenges in choosing what was at the time, the largest ever CP retrofit, both in terms of delivered current capacity offshore, and the CP current demand of the structure required to maintain external corrosion protection.  All retrofit CP systems however require regular CP data to validate CP performance and this can often be erratic and costly to obtain, typically involving ROVs, as was discussed in the second presentation of the evening.   

Andy Smerdon of Aquatec Group continued the evening with a very interesting and complimentary presentation on “Retrofit CP Monitoring to Reduce Inspection Frequency”.   Aquatec was founded by the current managing director in 1990 as a specialist consultancy in oceanographic instrumentation design.  This presentation described a CP toolbox within a UK North Sea case study, comprising monitoring and communications modules that were used to provide high quality CP potential and CP current data sets, accessed remotely from diving vessels and platforms.    The cost of CP monitoring equipment when simultaneously installed with retrofit CP systems, is relatively low and normally recovered by dispensing with just one conventional subsea inspection campaign, in favour of remotely retrieved data.

The branch’s second event in January, took place at the School of Mechanical Engineering at Aberdeen University, where a Corrosion Awareness training session was held. In the packed two hour event, there were 6 presentations covering corrosion theory and failure mechanisms, principles of corrosion management, materials and coatings selection, risk based inspection, cathodic protection, chemical and corrosion monitoring, all of which prompted a number of interesting questions from the enthusiastic audience.

Retrofit CP Monitoring

In recent years, ICorr Aberdeen has established a strong working relationship with the Aberdeen branch of IMECHE and in particularly its Young Engineer Panel, and a further more extensive Corrosion Awareness event will follow in August 2018, details will be announced in the May/June magazine, and on the branch website.

The February event focused on internal corrosion management Issues, particularly corrosion mitigation by chemical control and optimisation. A very enjoyable and informative presentation was given by Emma Perfect, CEO of LUX Assure Ltd, who described the development of an onsite technique for measuring dosage of corrosion inhibitors used in the protection of pipelines. This advanced technique was developed as there was a perceived need to identify more quickly, and more accurately, when dosing levels of inhibitor were either below or above the threshold for protection, and hence allow an operator to adjust levels to better protect equipment from corrosion, or have options to lower the dosage level to reduce costs of inhibitor supply.

Development of the LUX Assure Control Concept commenced in 2008 and the company has been supported by key energy industry players including Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Statoil Technology Ventures, along with the Scottish Investment Bank and Archangels / Private Investors. The technique relies on the fact that corrosion inhibitors form micelles in the body of the fluid once all available sites for absorption are occupied. This is essentially a saturation point, and the micelles formed increase in concentration as inhibitor is supplied in excess of optimal levels.

With access provided to suitable trial sites, the development of the technique and a suitable kit for onsite monitoring progressed over a period of 3-4 years until it was fully commercialized in 2013.  LUX Assure gathered data to show operators that this technique could be used to test fluids and identify the Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC) of a surfactant above which micelle formation occurs. But the real challenge for LUX Assure was to develop a kit, (now known as CoMicTM) which operators offshore could use to sample and analyse fluids in the field in relatively uncontrolled environments without precise preparation. The specialised kit includes detection reagents and an optical analyser. Final data processing evaluation of the sample is still currently performed back at the offsite laboratory and results and advice swiftly communicated back to the field, but a full onsite service is currently being progressed. 

CoMic Testing Kit

The presentation, which was well received, went on to describe case studies and discuss when samples may not be suitable for testing, and also the correct use and interpretation of the data for the test situation. It is hoped that in the near future that all data interpretation can be made by the test operator if a practical and proven site assurance system can be developed.

For information about all forthcoming Aberdeen branch activities, please contact, Dr Yunnan Gao,, alternatively a calendar of local events of interest to corrosion professionals in the Aberdeen area and the opportunity to sign up to the branch mailing list is available at