Laboratory studies have shown the influence of alloying on the pitting potential of modem mild- and low-alloy structural steels in a marine immersion environment. A similar effect would be expected in field studies, although these have not been able to isolate the effect of alloying on maximum pit depth as a function of time, and correlation studies have been inconclusive. It is argued here that the reasons for this are twofold. One is that the nature of the pitting mechanics changes with time from micropitting as typically observed in laboratory studies to macropitting as seen infield studies. The second reason is that, so far, efforts at correlating field data have attempted to use a simplistic model for the growth of maximum pit depth as a function of time. A more realistic model that distinguishes between the corrosion mechanics in different phases has been introduced recently. This is applied to the literature data. It has been discovered that the effects of alloying depend on the corrosion phase. A summary of the effect of alloying on each phase of the model is given here based on data reported in the literature.