In situ study of the parameters quantifying the corrosion in ballast tanks and an evaluation of improving alternative
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
S.l. , 2011
Engineering sciences. Technology
Proceedings SSC Symposium, Washington D.C., 16 March 2011
University of Antwerp
An in situ study of more than 100 ballast tanks of merchant marine vessels looks to the corrosion process in these tanks from another perspective. The developed corrosion model shows major similarities with earlier studies based on laboratory experiments. The field work exposes the influence of ship construction parameters such as land of construction, coating type and the presence of sacrificial anodes on the corrosion process in the ballast tanks. Possible alternatives for vessels constructed with ordinary grade A steel and coated according to IMO PSPC standards are presented, even though further research is required to come to final conclusions.