In situ studies with CUI and corrosion under coating is rare, especially for full scale tests in marine harsh environment. A333 low temperature carbon steel is selected for its versatile use in cold environments. This material is not widely studied in marine environment. Therefore, this work reports corrosion type, products, morphology and mechanism for thirty-six model pipelines (insulated, uninsulated, coated and uncoated) placed at Argentia, NL. Corrosion products were identified using x-ray diffraction (XRD). The detection and semi-quantification of elements on pipe surfaces was performed using energy disruptive spectroscopy (EDS) which was coupled to a scanning electron microscope (SEM). SEM images confirmed the formation of characteristic morphological structures such as sandy crystal (lepidocrocite γ-FeOOH), cotton ball (goethite α-FeOOH), and small grain (akageneite β-FeOOH) structures. For insulated uncoated pipes, the main phases were goethite, akageneite, and hematite(α-Fe2O3). For uncoated uninsulated pipes, akageneite, goethite, and hematite were detected as main phases. For coated pipes, goethite was the main phase. When ferrihydrite was detected with akageneite, there was less lepidocrocite and goethite than when ferrihydrite was not present. Uncoated pipes had deepest pits and highest corrosion rates as previously reported in [1]. Magnetite (Fe3O4) was present in these samples only in year two. Magnetite is a passive oxide formed on the iron surface but can also be a product of microbial reduction of ferrihydrite in certain conditions. A proposed mechanism for the high corrosion rate and pits in uncoated pipes is due to the increased localized corrosion from akageneite due to excess chloride and moisture from seawater spray as well as stabilized ferrihydrite limiting goethite formation, thus reducing steel pipe surface passivity.

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