Maritime Works Code of Practice for materials published

Press release: 26 March 2013

Originally launched in 2000 the Maritime Works standard BS 6349-1 is being replaced by four subparts. BS 6349-1-4 which has recently been published by BSI, the business standards company, gives recommendations for the materials (specifically concrete) used in the design, construction and maintenance of structures in a marine environment.

Reasons for the revision:

  • The most significant changes have been made to the concrete section with clauses being updated to align with BS EN 206-1 and BS 8500.
  • Update of the durability requirements within the concrete section in respect to minimum cement, type, cover and water/cement ratios for 30, 50 and 100 years design life.
  • The changes incorporate the latest cement and cement replacements as given in BS EN 197-1:2011 and provide more accurate data for mix designs to achieve adequate durability.
  • BS 6349-1-4 replaces section 7 within BS 6349-1:2000 and is now a stand alone document.
  • Revisions to all sections have been made to bring the text and references up to date with current practices.

Haydn White OBE, Chairman of the CB/50 Infrastructure Advisory Committee at BSI, said: “The regular updating of standards helps to create better and more efficient practice. This is particularly true for BS 6349 Part 1-4 Maritime works - General - Code of practice for materials which deals with the vulnerability of concrete structures within seawater environments. The revisions we have made mean durability and efficiency can be improved as well ensuring that Europeans standards are met.”

Key figures within the marine industry such as Oil Companies International Maritime Forum, the Association for Concrete Society, the Institution for Civil engineers and PIANC (The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure) have worked with BSI, to develop the standard so that it is relevant to the challenges facing structures in seawater.

The BS 6349-1 subparts are of particular use to engineers, designers, contractors, port authorities and government departments who want to improve performance and reduce risk.