A review of the 2022 Northern Forum| Vladimir Chorbadzhiev explains

Published: 30 March 22

The regular Northern Forum was held on the 3rd March 2022 at The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. The focus was on steel hulls – Ultra High Pressure (UHP) water jetting and corrosion.

In the morning, Mr Stan Edge of UHP Blast (UK) Ltd gave a very informative talk about the UHP technique, pros and cons, practical tips and cost implications.

It was interesting to trace the development of this method through the years, as some of the delegates had long-standing experience and contributed to the presentation. The discussion which followed the presentation revealed the variety of applications that UHP water jetting can offer.
 
In the afternoon, Dr Jane Lomas (FICorr), Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Corrosion and highly experienced corrosion and coatings consultant, talked about the basics of corrosion science, common corrosion mechanisms, methods for preventing and managing corrosion. Although the presentation was only a summary from an extensive corrosion course, it managed to cover many areas and went to a significant depth, which was possible thanks to Dr Lomas’s hands-on experience, presentation skills and knowledgeable audience.
 
The last speaker for the day was Dr Tony Rizk, who holds a Ph.D. in Corrosion Science from the University of Manchester, and has over 27 years of experience in MIC and a biogenic souring in the oil and gas industry, plus a number of publications. Dr Rizk had the challenging task of presenting the Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) – a highly controversial topic in the Inland Waterways industry. Despite the reserved attitude of some of the delegates, Dr Rizk presented convincing evidence of the extensive damage that microbes can cause to our boating industry. The discussion which followed recognised the need for further research on the partialities of MIC in the Inland Waterways and practical mitigation techniques. Dr Rizk offered his services for such research and training in cooperation with YDSA.

The Northern Forum was one of the few in-person events despite the challenges presented by Covid-19 and all the credit for its success goes to Charles King, Paul Smith and the YDSA office staff. The event can be made available to a wider public, for which there was an appetite, by utilising the online/onsite technology available to the YDSA – this opportunity has already been discussed at the IWG meeting.
 
Vladimir Chorbadzhiev
YDSA Committee | YDSA Surveyor

The next Northern Forum will be held on Thursday 3 November 2022 At Ellesmere Port | You can book here!

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