The President makes the News

The President makes the News

In an article in The Times (Friday 17th January 2020) on the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for cars, the ICorr President, Gareth Hinds, who works on hydrogen technology at NPL, was quoted.  Gareth noted that electric vehicles alone are not a magic solution to reduce carbon emissions and that hydrogen fuel also has a role to play. He also noted that the use of hydrogen fuel cells is more suitable for heavy vehicles and longer distances, making them a good option for freight transport. 

Latest News – London Branch

Latest News – London Branch

A joint meeting with the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) was held at their newly refurbished auditorium in their Belgravia HQ, on 26 September. The audience of over 70, included Professor Ken Grattan, OBE, FREng, who is the Dean of the graduate school at City University, London, and who agreed to give the vote of thanks.

The evening Chairman, John T O’Shea, introduced Dr Fred Parrett, Hon Treasurer of the SCI London Group, who gave the first presentation on the laying of the first Transatlantic Telegraph Cables.

The electric telegraph was first developed by Samuel F. B. Morse in 1832 who also developed Morse Code. Land based cables to use the telegraph soon followed, and within a decade, more than 20,000 miles of telegraph cable criss-crossed the USA, the UK and Europe. Trials of underwater cable were undertaken by Samuel Morse across New York Harbour in 1842 and Charles Wheatstone across Swansea Bay in 1844. In 1851 a cable crossed the English Channel.

The problems of laying a cable across the Atlantic were a greater challenge, not just the technical and logistical problems, but financing such a great undertaking. The first attempt in 1857 failed when the cable broke, and could not be recovered. New finance was arranged and in August 1858 they succeeded, when the first transatlantic telegraph message was transmitted. Unfortunately the cable failed after only three weeks, which was thought  to be due to breakdown of the cable insulation when voltages of a few thousand volts were used to try and speed up transmission speed.  It took another 7 years before new finance was arranged and improved cable designs were developed for the next attempt. For this Brunel’s ship the Great Eastern was acquired, the largest ship in the world at that time. In 1865 it almost succeeded, starting in Valentia Bay, Ireland it reached 600 miles from Newfoundland when the cable again broke. The final success came one year later in August 1866 when the cable finally crossed the Atlantic and permanent telegraph communication established. The 1866 transatlantic cable could transfer 8 words a minute, and initially it cost $100 to send 10 words, which translates to about $1,340 today, and was mainly used by the British and American governments and large corporations.

The second presentation was given by Trevor Osborne, a Past President of ICorr and a Past Chairman of London Branch, on 50 Years of Oil and Gas Offshore Corrosion Control Experience and Transfer of Technology to Offshore Renewables.

Development of offshore structure corrosion control methodology in the North Sea, and all around the world, has been on-going for decades, in fact close to 50 years and possibly longer in some parts. Given this long experience, corrosion engineers rightly considered that all aspects of barrier coatings and cathodic protection were honed to a fine art and as a result one system followed another with great success, in fact Trevor had been involved in many offshore structure designs with responsibility for painting, coating, CP, biocides, inhibitors and other aspects of corrosion control. However the fabrication and installation of new offshore structures for the oil and gas market has declined greatly and that work load has in part been replaced by the upsurge in renewable energy requirements. Specifically offshore wind generation in the form of monopiles, transition pieces and substation fixed jackets. All exposed parts of each structure need to be addressed from a corrosion perspective if the asset is to be protected and the lifetime met.

The presentation walked the audience through the period of time from early offshore structure design and construction for the oil and gas markets, to the painful transition to wind energy, including the attendant problems that have occurred along the way and what should have been an easy transformation but often times was not.

The first meeting at the branch’s new venue, the Lancaster Hall hotel in Bayswater, was held on 10 October.  Kevin Harold of Paintel Ltd gave a fascinating insight into the world of an Industrial Coating Applicator, taking a look at past, present and future practices in the industry. Kevin explained how the Industrial Coating Applicator Scheme (ICATS) has changed the view of Health and Safety and the concept of “slap it on and get out of here”, to ensure the work is compliant to the specification. He began his presentation by describing his journey as a painter from the era when PPE was non-existent, how he moved into industrial painting, became a painting inspector, and after joined the Tamar Bridge strengthening and widening project, found the painters could not apply coatings properly, so he began teaching them.

Even as late as the early 21st Century clients were not getting what they wanted in terms of standards or quality, and in 2006 after becoming aware of ICATS, registered his company, got his workforce trained and subsequently became a trainer himself. 

Kevin could see the enormous benefits of ICATS, notably the evidence that the training results in major savings from less repeat work and the advantages gained by the asset owners and operators, so he became an ICATS senior specialist trainer, and the current ICATS course material, launched in 2018, was written by him and his wife Jo.  He has also written the ICATS Supervisor course and the new Managers Coating Awareness course which provides an insight into coatings for specifiers and engineers.

Kevin finished his presentation by saying that a lot of asset owner operators are happier with the final product they get from ICATS accredited applications, and ICATS is now mandated by many companies.  The enormous impact of ICATS on the whole industry has yet to be completely realised and it’s now going global.

The January meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th at the Lancaster Hall hotel (note change from usual second Thursday for this month), when there will be a panel discussion on “Linings for Extreme Duty” with Dr N Miskin, DuraPol, and Michael Harrison, Sherwin Williams.

Aberdeen Branch – 3 New Committee Members

The Aberdeen ICorr Branch is very pleased to announce the addition of 3 New Members to its Committee:

  • Jonathan Segynola, MSc, Senior Integrity Engineer – Offshore West Africa, (CNR International UK Ltd, Aberdeen).
  • Mei Ling Cheah, MSc, Corrosion Engineer, (LR – Lloyd’s Register, Aberdeen).
  • Dr Olubayo Latinwo, Corrosion Engineer, (Fairfield Energy Ltd, Aberdeen).

Their combined experience will help strengthen the Aberdeen Technical Programme and its contacts with Local Industries.

We wish them every success in their Terms of Office.

This celebration follows a very successful year for Aberdeen in 2018/2019 Session, with a very well-attended Technical Programme and Summer CAD Event.

Notice of AGM

Dear Member

The Trustees and Council of the Institute would like to invite you to the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Thursday 31st October 2019 at the Council Chambers, Chamberlain Room, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB in conjunction with a half day Midlands Branch meeting, including technical corrosion presentations by corrosion experts from across Europe.

Midland Branch Meeting

13:00 – 13:25 Lunch served and time for networking

13:25 – 13:30 Welcome to the meeting and introduction of the Speakers

13:30 – 16:30 Presentations by industry experts

• Dr Markus Büchler, SGK, Switzerland – Mechanism of Cathodic Protection and its Implications on Criteria Including AC and DC Interference Conditions (Key Note Presentation – 1 hour)

15 min Coffee/Tea Break

• Trevor Osbourne, Deepwater Corrosion, UK – 50 Years of Offshore Corrosion Control Experience (30 min)

• Brian Wyatt, Corrosion Control, UK – Cathodic Protection of Offshore Renewable Energy Infrastructure (30 min)

15 min Coffee/Tea Break

• Chris Wozencroft, Corrosion Engineering, UK – Differences between CP for Pipelines, Marine and Civil Structures (30 min)


16:30 – 17:30 Annual General Meeting

AGM Agenda

1 Apologies for absence

2 Minutes of the previous AGM, November 2018

3 President’s report

4 Treasurer’s report

5 Elections

6 Any other business

The Trustees and members of Council will be available before the meeting to answer any questions you may have regarding the Institute and its future.

As in the case of the 2018 AGM, the Institute’s accounts and the minutes for the November 2018 AGM, will be available in advance via the ICorr website

Please examine them and the website in general as we would appreciate your feedback. The website continues to be influential in increasing our membership, influencing the perspective of non-members of ICorr and as a major means of communication with the membership.

Please confirm attendance (for lunch numbers) or apologies for absence, by e-mail to

We look forward to seeing you there.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Jane Lomas
Institute of Corrosion
Honorary Secretary

Text books on Corrosion/Corrosion Prevention

The Institute of Corrosion now have publications available for you to acquire Free of Charge upon requests, but postage will be charged of £5/edition within the UK. Some of the publication are quite old and may be out of print but it would be useful for research purposes etc.

The List of Corrosion and Corrosion Related Science and Technology book available are as follow;

Title Author Publisher ISBN No./Other Date
Corrosion Volumes 1 and 2 L L Shrier George Newnes 1965
Corrosion Guide 2nd Edition Erich Rabald USA Library of Congress Catalogue No.6719853 1968 Rare book Well used condition
Corrosion & Control 2nd edition Introduction to Corrosion Science and Engineering


H H Uhlig USA 0-471-85941-299-7  



Corrosion and Protection of Metals 4 papers Institute of Metals Iliffe Press 1964
Corrosion Engineering Fontana and Greene McGraw Hill Library of Congress Catalogue No.

67-19901 21460


An Engineers Approach to Corrosion C.F.Trigg Pitman and Sons Ltd.  

Protective Painting of Iron and Steel Structures

1st and 2nd Editions

Fancutt and Hudson Chapman and Hall  




The complete list of publication can be found on

For Copy of the books, please email to