How Marine Corrosion is Dangerous to Shipyards
Corrosion is a major problem for shipyards, as it can cause extensive damage to ships and other structures. Marine corrosion is especially dangerous because it is often hidden from view, making it difficult to detect and repair. This type of corrosion can also spread quickly, causing widespread damage in a short period of time. This degradation can jeopardize both safety and operational effectiveness if left unattended, leading to increased costs for repairs or worse - damage caused by not recognizing issues early. For this reason, it is essential for those managing shipyards to understand marine corrosion and take preventive measures to help avoid unnecessary risks or downtime that may result from being unprepared for this destructive phenomenon.
How does marine corrosion occur and what are its effects on shipyards?
Marine corrosion is an inevitability of maritime operations, as ships and boats are constantly exposed to harsh saltwater in the ocean environment. Knowing how corrosion occurs and its effects on various shipyard components is important in mitigating the short-term and long-term impacts of corrosion. Natural factors such as salt water, oxygen and sun exposure accelerate marine corrosion, leading to rusting or erosion of metal surfaces. This process can cause a variety of problems for any given shipyard-from rudder damage to hull deterioration, it can weaken the structural integrity of a vessel.
How do you know if your shipyard has a corrosion problem?
Identifying corrosion in your shipyard can be a tricky task, but it's critical to ensure safety and reliability of vessels. An effective way to detect corrosion is by conducting inspections on a regular basis- both at surface level, and underwater. When inspecting for corrosion, look for any signs of pitting or scarring on the vessel's surface, as well as any discoloration or physical changes that could suggest oxidation. If these first two signs of weak areas are found, then it may be necessary to bring in professionals who can use specialized equipment to determine whether further action is required. Proactively monitoring your shipyard for corrosion not only helps improve structural integrity but also prevents any future loss or damage.
The best defense against marine corrosion is proper care and maintenance.
Marine corrosion is an unfortunately all-too-common problem with regards to maritime machinery and ships. Fortunately, there are steps one can take to defend against it. Of the many approaches available, proper care and maintenance stands as one of the most effective methods for coping with marine corrosion.
At KRSI, we are experts at defending against the ocean's corrosive elements. Ultra-High Pressure water blasting and shot blasting remove paint, coatings, corrosion, buildup of scale, and other tough marine coatings. This environmentally friendly process minimizes the waste stream and creates a smooth finish. Blasting brings out the structure’s natural material profile without damaging the original surface and ensures no residual media or contaminants (e.g. chlorides, etc.) will remain.