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Expert group to gather corrosion data

ENGINEERS WITH experience of accelerated low water corrosion have been invited to attend a key meeting on proposed amendments to the relevant British Standard on maritime structures soon to be held in London.

Port of Felixstowe civil engineering manager Tom Shelley, who represents the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses on the BS 6349: Part 1 committee, issued the appeal after reading the recent articles and letters on the 'steel-eating bugs' published in New Civil Engineer.

He said: 'It is obvious there are conflicting views on this subject, so I am proposing a meeting of all informed parties as a review committee in the hope of reaching a consensus.'

Shelley pointed out that the relevant clause of the current edition of BS 6349 did mention ALWC but said there was little guidance. 'The planned amendments will include more on the rates of corrosion that can be expected and how to protect sheet pile structures against the bugs', he added.

Shelley's call came as more reports of ALWC came into NCE, including two in Scotland (see Letters page 14) and another possible outbreak in the northern Caribbean. For details of the meeting contact Tom Shelley on (01394) 604500.

Dave Parker

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