The eleventh session of the OPRC-HNS Technical Group meeting is fast approaching and we are disappointed to note that over the last few months there has been very little new information received from our members and other readers of the ISCO Newsletter. We would be grateful for your help.
ISCO joined with other delegations in agreeing to support the IMO Secretariat in pursuing possibilities of obtaining data on HNS incidents, including near misses, in order to address data gaps that exist and to submit that information to future meetings of the Technical Group.
The availability of data on experience and lessons learned in response to marine HNS incidents and sub-sea oil recovery needs to be improved and the ISCO delegation took the view that within the response community represented by ISCO at IMO there should be a significant source of additional information.
Information gathered will be shared with other OPRC-HNS Technical Group delegates and used in the preparation of new IMO Technical Guidelines on marine HNS response, and on sunken oil assessment and removal techniques.
What we are looking for is short case histories, with emphasis on information on the techniques used, problems encountered and lessons learned – the kinds of experience and knowledge that you won’t find in the textbooks. We are also interested in special equipment that has been developed to deal with marine HNS incidents, and for the assessment and recovery of sunken oils.
Please don’t worry about having to write a beautiful literary production – we’ll be happy to edit the grammar and spelling. If for reasons of commercial confidentiality you need to exclude details of clients, that will be OK – but we would like to know who you are – all contributions will be acknowledged and this is a way for you to raise your profile – it’s good to know who has the experience and knowledge in dealing with these matters.