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Rust Eating Bacteria Consuming the Titanic


RMS Titanic which was thought to be the indestructible ship did not took more than three hours to sink. But that was a different story. Now, the worry is that gigantic ship is being eaten away by stains of rust and iron eating bacteria Halomonas Titanicae. The bacterium was isolated using DNA technology for the studying procedures. The porous, dark orange, icicle-like structures are the rusticle which are formed on rusting iron - covered the metal surface of Titanic and are home to a host of micro-organisms. The oil rigs, iron pipes and other iron structures of the ship are being slowly consumed by the bacteria. And there’s prediction that the great ship will not last for more than 10-20 years. The ship has already survived 100 years lying silently in the Atlantic Ocean bed.

Learning about the appalling condition of the RMS Titanic, could there be any rust repair service or any kind of rust remover action that could help in preserving the ship and its iron structure in the salty water. It is the years of research and development that has clearly shown on how to remove the rust from iron metal fixtures and utensils. There are 3 main classes of rust removals namely:

a. Conventional or commercial rust removal products
b. Organic rust removers
c. Homemade rust removers

The very question on how to remove rust has been answered by The Conventional or commercial rust removal products contains acid ingredient - oxalic acid and are available in the supermarkets and hardware stores. A good rust inhibitor, Oxalic Acid is harmful to human body, and therefore the rust treatment expert has to wear rubber gloves, goggles, and a face mask before starting with the rust treatment. The highly toxic fumes emitted from oxalic acid poses potential hazard to personal health. The Conventional or commercial rust removal products is used indoors within limited environment.

Organic rust remover on the other hand is safe to use indoors and outdoors. It will surely serve as the right means to preserve the rusting Titanic for many years, at least more than 20 years as estimated by the scientists. Being organic in nature, the rust remover will not pose any kind of threat to the sea environment. However, in case of Titanic the practical application of organic rust remover has to be time tested.

The home made rust removal can be easily prepared at home using the commonly available materials in the kitchen like white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and baking soda. It is a less expensive method, but if discussed in context of Titanic, the method will certainly not prove of any help, as the strain of bacteria may seem resistant. Browse through for more information.


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