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Why? is the key question Independent, government-funded research into the causes of accelerated low water corrosion is urgently needed.

On the face of it, news that European steel companies now reckon they know how to stop steel sheet piling in marine environments falling victim to accelerated low water corrosion is to be welcomed. ALWC, after all, can knock several decades off the expected life of sheet pile structures and hit port operators and local authorities alike with massive repair or replacement bills.

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