Protecting maritime assets from corrosion

800px Oil tanker Heather Knutsen in Halifax Harbour Nova Scotia Canada 20 June 2012The crude oil tanker, Heather Knutsen. (Image source: Dennis Jarvis/Commons)Transportation, energy production, navigation, national security—these sectors are dependent on safe, secure maritime resources

To address this, NACE International has developed a maritime strategy around two simple goals: to educate industry players about corrosion mitigation strategies and to meet the corrosion needs of industry professionals working to protect ships, ports, offshore assets, and more from the dangerous effects of corrosion. 

“Because maritime industry assets operate in or near highly corrosive environments, virtually all of those assets are susceptible to the effects of corrosion,” says NACE International’s Chief Maritime Officer Buddy Reams. Reams joined NACE in 2016 to develop corrosion control programs and services to meet increasing demand from the maritime, shipbuilding, and offshore sectors. A retired Coast Guard Marine Safety officer with a strong understanding of the strategic importance of bridges, Reams also manages all NACE initiatives within the International Maritime Organization (IMO), INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO, International Standards Organization (ISO), and other maritime organizations.

“The consequence of failure to any one of these assets can mean loss of life, harm to the environment, and significant economic losses. This makes the industry a worthwhile beneficiary of NACE’s expertise,” said Reams.

Recent studies indicate that the total cost of marine corrosion worldwide is between $50-80 billion every year. 

NACE and the NACE International Institute offer a number of training programs and certifications related to the maritime industry, covering topics such as marine coating technologies, cathodic protection, and offshore corrosion assessment training. NII offers the only marine-specific certification recognized by the IMO Performance Standard for Protective Coatings. The organizations also provide standards and reports for the maritime and offshore industries. 

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