Corrosion generally is defined as the deterioration of a material, often a metal, from a reaction with its environment.  The basic cause of metal corrosion is the instability of metals in their refined forms: metals tend to revert to their natural states through the processes of corrosion.  As an example, when rainwater contacts iron, it forms rust, and this rust – or iron oxide – is the original state of iron found in iron ore.

Since vessels and marine structures – metal as well as concrete and wood – are routinely exposed to extremely corrosive environments, corrosion control is of great concern to the maritime industry.  In fact, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers has estimated the cost of marine corrosion worldwide at between $50-80 billion a year.

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Types of Corrosion

In the marine environment, many types of corrosion can affect structures and vessels.  If you need help identifying the source of your corrosion problems, please call us!  We have worked […]

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Concrete Corrosion

Do you think you have a concrete corrosion problem?  See how we can help. Concrete, a complex composite material, has low strength when loaded in tension.  To improve its tensile […]

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Wood Degradation

Wood structures are subject to various types of damage in the marine environment, mostly biological.  Organisms collectively referred to as marine borers pose the greatest threat to wood.  Once a […]

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Countering Corrosion

A variety of solutions exist for countering corrosion in the marine environment.  Choosing a solution requires first a thorough understanding of the corrosion issues facing a particular facility, structure, or […]

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