To make voting hassle-free a new easy-to-use ONLINE VOTING FORM has been created. It now takes less than a minute to complete and the SUBMIT button sends it instantly. Details were circulated to members on 15th December 2019.
Members who have not already voted are reminded that the closing date for receipt of votes is 23rd December 2019.
DuringDuring the 2019 AGM held by email Members were invited to submit comments to the Secretariat. This was in a way a substitute for not being able to make verbal interventions during a traditional face-to-face AGM meeting. A positive aspect was that Members who would have found it difficult to incur the time and cost involved in travelling to attend a traditional AGM were enabled to comment on issues raised in the circulated AGM Agenda and Meeting Papers.
The received comments were circulated to the membership on 15th December 2019 and the Secretariat will respond to these comments in early 2020.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the AGM to be held during the Clean Gulf Conference in New Orleans had to be postponed.
Members have been advised and the 2019 AGM is now being carried out by exchange of email.
The Secretariat has determined that the postponed AGM can be carried out before the year-end by email. ISCO recognises that holding an AGM by email is not a good substitute for a face-to-face meeting of Members but under the circumstances and time limitation there is no other option. The unusual procedure will be something of an experiment and it is hoped that a good response will result. One upside is that Members who would not have been able to attend an AGM held at a remote location will be able to make their own comments on the agenda items by email and these will be circulated to members in advance of voting.
Looking forwards, our aim will be to retain the traditional AGM format wherever possible but within a revised constitution we would like to include an option to hold an AGM by email if it is not possible to follow our usual practice.
The proposed motions to be voted on remain unchanged apart from an additional Proposal 9 to allow the holding of an AGM by email if this becomes necessary in future.
For more info please visit http://spillcontrol.org/downloads/Postponed_2019_AGM.docx
You are invited to visit ISCO at Booth #122 in the Exhibition Hall at Clean Gulf, taking place this week at the Clean Gulf Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, USA. ISCO President, David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville and Membership Director Mary Ann Dalgleish will be there and are looking forward to seeing you.
Members are requested to attend ISCO’s AGM being held in Room 263 from 1815 hrs. to 1915 hrs. on Monday 28th October. It will be quite a short meeting but there are some important proposals coming up on the Agenda, so please make sure to attend.
It has been the practice within ISCO to award the status of Honorary Fellow to individuals who have contributed to the organisation, to its objectives of sharing knowledge or contributed in a significant way to the wider spill response industry. Not only has Alun Lewis contributed directly to ISCO he has been a sounding board for us in reviewing scientific articles before inclusion in the ISCO news. In his working career he is recognised by the oil industry, response industry, governments, research organisations and individual members and company members of ISCO as a leading voice in the industry. Read more on Page 6 in Issue 707 of the ISCO Newsletter. See under “News” at www.spillcontrol.org
ISCO reached its 35th Anniversary on 9th October 2019
For 35 years, the International Spill Control Organisation (ISCO) has been dedicated to improving worldwide preparedness in response to oil and chemical spills.
It was back in 1983 that representatives of the US, British, French and Swedish spill control associations (SCAA, BOSCA, SYCOPOL and SWEMARPOL respectively) came together at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Texas to discuss the formation of ISCO. The organisation was incorporated in London the following year on 9th October 1984.
To mark the occasion ISCO Secretary Matthew Sommerville has published an article “ISCO’s History” in issue 705 of the ISCO Newsletter. To read his article, visit www.spillcontrol.org, look under News, and Newsletter, select and download ISCO 705 Newsletter. Matthew's article is on Page 7.
Reminder: The ISCO 2019 AGM will take place at 1815 hrs. on Monday 28th October at the Clean Gulf Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. There will be signposting to help you find the meeting room. If you are planning to be there, please let me know. If you can’t come, please use the proxy voting form to cast your votes.
ISCO President David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville and VP (Membership) Mary Ann Dalgleish will be in attendance. They will also be looking forward to seeing you at the ISCO booth, No. 122, in the Exhibition Hall where you can try your luck in our traditional draw for a bottle of fine Scottish Malt Whisky.
ISCO was incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation in London on the 9th October 1984 and will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary next week.
The 2019 ITAC Meeting takes place on 2 - 4 October at the National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton, UK.
ITAC’s membership comprises oil industry (i.e. members of OSRL and other GRN OSROs) international organisations (ITOPF, IMO, IOPC etc), Governmental organisations (USCG, NOAA, etc...) R&D institutes (SINTEF, CEDRE, GoMRI etc...). It also includes academic institutes involved in industry backed studies, and other organisations with a non-commercial interest in improving oil spill response.
The Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) is non-commercial and is driven by OSRL as part of its advocacy programme, recognising the benefits of engaging our front-line response staff in industry-focussed technical discussion central to developing more effective oil spill response. We hold an ITAC meeting once per year, hosted in different locations with the meeting chaired by different ITAC members. We try to blend both international themes with items of regional interest according to where the meeting is being held.
International Spill Control Organization
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
18:15 to 19:15
Monday 28th October
Clean Gulf 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Ernest N, Morial Convention Centre
The idea that ISCO should publish a newsletter was first suggested by ISCO President David Usher to Editor John McMurtrie at a 2005 meeting in Glasgow. The first issue went out to less than 100 subscribers on 11th July 2005. Today there are well over 3,000 on the mailing list and the actual readership is estimated at well over 5,000 because so many organisations circulate it to all their staff on their internal intranet systems.
Your Secretary is liaising with the Clean Gulf organisers over the AGM arrangements. The date, venue and time will be announced as soon as possible.
Your Secretary, Matthew Sommerville, is pleased to announce that ISCO will be at Clean Gulf being held in New Orleans on October 27-31. The ISCO booth in the Exhibition Hall is No. 122. It is anticipated that ISCO President David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville and Membership Director Mary Ann Dalgleish will be in attendance and looking forward to seeing you.
For those ISCO members who are not planning to attend the conference or who might want to consider adding some staff for the exhibition only. Please get in touch and we will share with you our VIP code and free access to exhibition. While attending the conference and exhibition is the best way to get value the opportunities to meet, renew acquaintances and see the latest kit and services in the exhibition is a good alternative. In addition we are always happy to see members and it’s your opportunity to participate in our usual malt whisky raffle.
The Provisional Programme has been released for the ISAS Training Event being held at Castle Archdale, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The date is 25-26 October 2019.
This event is being held in the beautiful surroundings of Lough Erne and early booking is recommended.
Download the agenda at
ISCO Secretary Matthew Sommerville has announced that the next ISCO AGM will be held in New Orleans, USA during the Clean Gulf Conference and Exhibition (October 28-31). Details of the time and location will be advised later.
ISCO President David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville and Membership Director Mary Ann Dalgleish are looking forward to seeing you at Booth 104 in the Exhibition Hall. They will be able to update you on the latest ISCO initiatives and membership benefits including progress being made in the worldwide adoption of the freely available RESPONSECON contracts developed by ISCO in partnership with BIMCO, designed to speed response to marine and inland oil and HNS spill events. The downloadable contracts provide significant benefits for response contractors, government authorities, oil companies, vessel owners, pipeline operators, railroads and other parties. www.spillcontrol.org
Ed Levine has been elected as a Fellow of the International Spill Control Organization (FISCO). He is currently the Regional Operations Supervisor -East, managing the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Scientific Support Co-ordinators (SSCs) from Maine to Louisiana.
Other recent new Members of ISCO include Orbital Earth Observation Solutions, based in Valencia, Spain, providing Satellite Surveillance services for oil spill monitoring; and ECOTANK-Worldwide, based in Sartoux, France, providing environmental solutions for world boating areas, including marinas, ports, waterways and mooring areas.
On behalf of ISCO, Darko Domovis, Council Member for Croatia, gave the welcome address at the opening of the ADRIASPILLCON Conference & Exhibition held in Opatija, Croatia on 28-30 May. Member of the ISCO Executive Committee, Kerem Kemerli also contributed to the organisationof the very successful event.
ISCO Secretary, Matthew Sommerville will be attending the IOPC Funds Meeting taking place in London on 1-2 April.
During 2018 ISCO was pleased to welcome 18 new members and the organization now has members in 52 countries worldwide
ISCO Secretary, Matthew Sommerville, will attend the IMO Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) Sub-Committee meeting being held in London on 18-22 February 2019