Wednesday 30th January 2011 saw the opening presentation in the Young Entrant Engineers programme. This is the culmination of the work done by a sub-committee of London Branch of ICorr headed by past Chairman David Mobbs ably assisted by Sara Vasey, Alan Denney, Anthony Setiadi and Charlie Barraclough. The evening commenced with a safety briefing at the Akzo Nobel offices in Portland Place Victoria. There followed a brief explanation of the aims and outcomes of the programme presented by ICorr president Trevor Osborne.

The first presentation in the series was 
“The Fundamentals of Corrosion” delivered by George Winning of Wood Group Integrity Management (WGIM). George provided the basics of corrosion, its mechanisms and mitigations in a succinct and informative manner to an audience which included a group of twenty young engineers from a wide spectrum of graduate background and engineering companies. George’s presentation initiated a lively question and answer session followed by refreshments and a light supper provided by Akzo Nobel where the participants socialised and networked in readiness for the next presentation on 27th March 2013 which will be “Materials Selection” by Dr. David Shaw.

This is a great opportunity for the young and more experienced engineers to meet and exchange information and views on the subject of corrosion and corrosion control, we look forward to the next and subsequent presentations in the programme and to further convivial and informative evenings.

Trevor Osborne, President ICorr

The NORSOK standard M-501 was recently reviewed and revised and the current 6th edition was published in February 2012. This edition now includes reference to the Institute of Corrosion Coating Inspector qualification.

NORSOK standards are developed with broad petroleum industry participation by interested parties in the Norwegian petroleum industry and are owned by the Norwegian petroleum industry represented by the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF) and the Federation of Norwegian Industry.

The success of the NORSOK M-501, published by Standards Norway and widely implemented in the North Sea, is such that it has now become universally recognised as providing a basis for selecting and applying protective coatings for service under adverse conditions where product reliability is essential. This applies to on-shore projects as well as in the aggressive conditions found off-shore, for which it was originally developed.

This NORSOK standard provides guidelines for choosing coatings systems suitable for new structures. It includes the requirements for pre-treatment, the application of the coating or metallisation and the application of the passive fire protection. All the recommended systems have been subjected to rigorous laboratory tests and benefit from long term practical experience.

The relevant ICorr Qualification has now been approved for incorporation into the standard.

Section 10.2.5 of NORSOK M-501 states:

Personnel carrying out inspection or verification shall be qualified in accordance with Norwegian Standard NS 476 Inspector Level III (FROSIO Level III), certified as NACE Coating Inspector Level III or ICorr Inspector Level III.

According to NS 476 Inspector Level II may carry out the inspection work under the supervision of an Inspector Level III.

Supervisors and foremen shall be qualified to tradesmen levels and should be qualified in accordance with NS 476 Inspector Level II or NACE Level II.

Supervisors, foremen or QC personnel involved in the application of passive fire protection shall, in addition, be trained and certified according to the procedures of the manufactures of the passive fire protection material.