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Corrosion by microbes: management in industrial conditions (COMIC)

This project investigates the causes of the microbial corrosion identified in 2021 in the marina of Zelzate and by extension the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. The COMIC project aims to reduce the risk of damage caused by MIC (Microbiological Induced Corrosion) in the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal Zone in mapping and thus learning more about the causes of the occurrence of an outbreak of the bacteria involved. This should be allow to further assess the risk of MIC-related problems. These data offer those involved the opportunity to conduct more targeted monitoring. In addition, the project shows in five test cases with which technology, the ships and company infrastructure can best be protected from damage. The target group includes ship owners, as well as operators of waterways, and companies located along these waterways (e.g. Norh Sea Port association with 550 member companies in various waters), with the Ghent-Terneuzen canal as its first focus. In terms of target groups, this project focuses primarily on the industrial ecosystem around the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. This includes not only the port and maritime companies, but also any company that uses a mooring quay or pumps cooling water from the canal. North Sea Port estimates the number of companies directly linked to the ports and canal at 550. Sports associations and tourist agencies with activities around the canal are also part of the target audience. Finally the responsible authorities (ports, municipalities, province, VMM) are a final branch: they are responsible for monitoring the quality of the water. Because the project uses the best available technologies, companies that use produce coatings or sacrificial anodes are part of the target group. The technical methods and the results of the test cases can, after all, also be used elsewhere in Flanders.
Date:1 Oct 2022 →  Today
Keywords:Microbial corrosion
Disciplines:(Waste)water treatment processes, Maritime engineering, Sustainable development, Environmental marine biotechnology
Project type:Collaboration project
Results:Met het project wordt een concreet en toepasbaar antwoord geleverd op de bezorgdheden bij de 550 bedrijven in de regio beheerd door North Sea Port, waaronder deze in de Kanaalzone Gent Terneuzen en bij uitbreiding aan deze in de havens van Oostende en Antwerpen. Vermits MIC een fenomeen is dat ook in zoet water kan voorkomen, zijn de resultaten bij uitbreiding nuttig voor de hele binnenvaartsector, langsheen alle Vlaamse kanalen. Daartoe worden de resultaten en leverbaarheden verspreid via rapporten en infosessies bij de demonstraties. De betrokken bedrijven worden bereikt via de brede vertegenwoordiging in de begeleidingsgroep (havens als “landlords”, koepelorganisaties naar hun leden, overheden naar andere departementen, gemeenten…). Het project voorziet ten slotte een hotline voor bedrijven die nood hebben aan een expertbezoek ter plaatse of aan een begeleiding bij het gebruik van de beslissingsboom.