Saturday, September 13, 2014
India - Corrosion management appears to be an iceberg for shipping industry in India.
Our country sees tremendous growth in shipping industry. New building of ships is an encouraging sign to cater demands from marine oriented businesses. On the other hand there is a greater shipping demand to deal with refurbishment of aged carriers. We have significant percentage of Indian ships that have crossed 20 years of operation. This fleet requires frequent and extensive repair and maintenance. Corrosion of ship construction materials, the serious concern, often neglected by the industry is paving the way for greater impact in the life cycle cost. Marine fouling is another alarming area that fuels the parameters responsible for corrosion damage. These failures pose greater challenges to the ship owners not only in the materials part, but also leading to high demand for energy consumption and sizeable investment for environmental management. Corrosion should be viewed as an acquisition risk that calls for implementing proper corrosion prevention in the initial stage itself. It is argued that the Indian shipping industry in the present stage has not been so proactive in embracing the use of environment friendly technologies and the implementation of a full fledged life cycle approach would not be an easy task. Corrosion management appears to be an iceberg for shipping industry in India. When these issues are neglected by the asset owners, we will end up in loosing the significant material resources and heavily impacting our marine environment.