Matthew Sommerville arrived on Tuesday 11th August, having been contracted by IMO and UNEP OCHA to assist in organising the spill response. He has been assessing the current situation, meeting with concerned parties, identifying priorities and advising on effective action to minimise environmental and economic damage. His initial report will be given as soon as available.
New opportunites at IMO and US CSB. Visit http://www.spillcontrol.org/2013-02-05-11-11-41/job-vacancies
ISCO is pleased to announce that Members qualify for a 15% discount on registration for attendance at the Oil Spill India Conference and Exhibition taking place in Mumbai on 23-24 September 2020. The theme for the event is "Commitment, Synergy & Excellence". ISCO supports this event and recommends it to you. For more information please visit http://www.oilspillindia.org
Starting in the issue of 25th May 2020, a new Webinars section will be featured in the ISCO Newsletter.
With the increased popularity of webinars as a risk-free means of continued learning during a period when attending conventional training courses is made difficult by social distancing requirements and travel restrictions, this new section will inform members about upcoming webinars that will be of value to our community and assist continuity of learning during lockdown imposed by the current pandemic.
If your membership has lapsed / is due for renewal / or you or your organization has been planning to become a member, time is running out for you to save money by renewing or joining before the increases come into effect on 1st June 2020.
As advised on 6th April, the Secretariat has determined that after having managed to avoid increasing membership dues for the last eight years, the need for an increase cannot be delayed any longer.
The increase will be approximately 10% and will apply to all membership fees and other charges. As an example, the cost of an individual membership will increase from £75 to £85 per annum. The 10% increase will also be applied to annual fees for corporate, industry partner and professional memberships.
Members of the ISCO Secretariat are working from home and can be contacted by email at
This service will continue to be available during the Coronavirus emergency. For details, click on http://www.spillcontrol.org/emergency-assistance
The problems caused by the pandemic are going to be with us for a long time and ISCO Members are asked to share information on the practical measures they are taking to cope with the ongoing situation. It will be of benefit to all of us to do this and the ISCO Newsletter will support this sharing process by publishing helpful contributions received from members and other sources.
This new document is available to Members by logging in to the Members’ Area of the website.
The new draft of the January 2020 ISCO Constitution has been uploaded in the Members’ Area of the ISCO Website.
ISCO has negotiated a $100 discount for its Members registering to attend Clean Waterways, Clean Pacific and Clean Gulf conferences in the USA. These events are of real value to our community and your participation is strongly recommended.
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