all large offshore vessels have sacrificial chunks of metal with dc voltage applied to themPiping can be damaged by internal or external action. Just because pipe is deteriorating does not mean that it can only be erroded by electrical current on the pipe. There is a pipe and tank protection method called cathodic protection that uses DC current to provide free electrons to the surronding environment, by providing free electrons from a controlled power source in the correct polarity, it prevents the piping material from sacrificing it’s own electrons, causing the pipe to deteriorate. This method is commonly used to protect petroleum lines that run long distances.
I have a fair bit of experience and study on this subject, due to having an electroplater in my area that had multiple plating rectifiers that were defective, causing water and gas line in the area to dissolve.
the drilling rig i was on had it