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Conducting Marine Corrosion Surveys

  • 12 Mar 2018
  • 8:00 AM
  • 16 Mar 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • Raven Marine, 2300 Canoe Cove Road, Sidney BC

Students will learn how to properly conduct a corrosion survey aboard vessels of varying hull types. They will learn enough basic electrical and corrosion fundamentals to understand how a boat’s electrical system affects corrosion aboard. Students will learn about environmental factors that promote corrosion and affect the rate of corrosion. Students will learn about cathodic protection and how it’s appropriately applied. Students will practice taking corrosion potentials aboard a variety of vessels.

WCBA members: $999 USD             Non-members: $1250 USD

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Instructor: Kevin Ritz is an ABYC Master Technician and instructor for industry professionals. He has a great passion for teaching and a deep commitment to marine safety and standards. Kevin has owned and operated his own marine systems business for 15 years. He has acted as an electrical investigator for multiple agencies involving in-water and onboard fatalities across the nation, and investigator for marine corrosion issues from coast to coast.

Students will learn how to:

  • Take proper electric potential readings aboard a vessel. • Differentiate material properties of different alloys and their specific corrosion issues. • Recognize the effects of the AC Shore power cord on the hull potential. • Use a variety of specialized equipment used in the corrosion survey. • Properly test galvanic isolators and understand their function. • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of polarization and isolation transformers. • Take corrosion preventative measures for hull materials such as wood, aluminum, steel and fiberglass. • Describe galvanic corrosion processes. • Describe stray current processes. • Recognize and prevent a variety of corrosion types. • Select and use specialized equipment for prevention of corrosion. • Describe the appropriate application of specific sacrificial anode types. • Complete a corrosion survey and advise the boat owner on appropriate preventive measures. • Benefits of coating systems to prevent corrosion and reduce the amount of cathodic protection required.

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