NEW APPLICATIONS FOR AWARD OF PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION (7/1/2013)

If you missed the 31 December 2012 deadline for inclusion in the first tranche of applications to be assessed by the Membership Standards Committee, please note that the next meeting of the Membership Standards Committee will take place during March,2013 and applications should be received no later than 28 February 2013. Announcement of awards will be made early in April 2013.

 

All of the information about Professional Membership of ISCO can be found on the ISCO website at  http://www.spillcontrol.org 

 

INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS APPLYING FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP (3/12/12)

Please note –

 

• The deadline for receiving completed applications to be included in the first tranche of applications to be assessed is 31/12/12

• The Membership Standards Committee is not expected to complete work on the assessment of these applications before this date.

• You will be advised early in the New Year on the recommendations made by the Membership Standards Committee.

• If any parts of the submitted form are not completed and/or signed where required, and if required attachments are missing, you will be asked to remedy omission/s. This may result in delay in the assessment of your application.

• Prepayment of the required Assessment Fee is required before applications are assessed by the Membership Standards Committee. You can enclose a cheque with your application or pay by credit/debit card using the secure facility on the ISCO website. In order to pay by bank transfer of funds, please contact the ISCO secretary.

 

IMO RRI CORRESPONDENCE GROUP (3/12/12)

In case you haven’t looked at the ISCO RRI pages recently, around 70 categories of equipment / materials have been added to the list  that are being recommended for inclusion in the resource databank in case of a major oil spill at any world location.

 

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE RESOURCE INVENTORY (5/11/12)

“In the midst of a very large oil spill, having the right response equipment at the right time in the right location is crucial. Facility in acquiring essential equipment from one’s own nation is not enough. There needs to be an efficient process to source critical resources worldwide”.

 

NEW MEMBER ELECTED TO ISCO COUNCIL (29/10/12)

Having relocated to the UK, ISCO Executive Committee Member Capt. Bill Boyle MNI has recently stood down as Member of ISCO Council for Brazil.

After consultation with ISCO Members in Brazil, Mr John Cantlie, Operations Manager of Alpina Briggs Defesa Ambiental SA, has been appointed as the new Member of ISCO Council for Brazil with the approval of all the members.

 

We take this opportunity to congratulate John on his appointment.

 

OVERDUE SUBSCRIPTIONS (8/10/12)

Mary Ann Dalgleish, ISCO’s Membership Director, does not have an easy job and it’s made more even difficult when she has to spend time chasing up payment of overdue subscriptions. Please help her to reduce unnecessary work by paying subscriptions promptly when they are due.

 

REMOVAL OF MEMBERS WHO HAVE IGNORED PAYMENT OVERDUE REMINDERS (8/10/12)

Please be aware that the Secretariat is about to cancel the membership of a few who have ignored reminders to pay overdue subscriptions.

 

If you have not responded to reminders it will be assumed that you wish to discontinue your membership and you will be removed from the roll.  If failure to pay an overdue subscription is due to an oversight or other circumstance, please get in touch immediately.

 

The Secretariat does not cancel memberships lightly. The removal of a member (and reinstatement if outstanding fees are settled) entails a considerable amount of work in updating records, mailing lists and website entries.

NEW WEB PAGE CREATED FOR THE ISCO CORRESPONDENCE GROUP ON THE INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE RESOURCE INVENTORY PROJECT (24/9/12)

The ISCO Secretary has written to all of the twenty-two ISCO Corporate Members who have advised their interest in being part of the ISCO correspondence group. The purpose of the Correspondence Group is to assist ISCO in relaying the views of members  and help define how ISCO can most effectively ensure that the private sector within the spill response community contributes ideas and recommendations in regard to this important project for streamlining the mobilisation of spill combat resources during major incidents.

 

 

The new RRI web page can be accessed within the Members’ Area of the ISCO website. You will need to log in and select IMO from the menu on the left hand side of the home page, then select Work Groups and finally, RRI project.

 

The web page takes you through the history of the RRI concept and will be updated as the project develops.

 

For members who have not yet joined the Group, it’s not too late.  Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO DELEGATIONS TO IMO OPRC-HNS TG14 and MEPC 64 MEETINGS. (3/9/12)

ISCO President  David Usher,  Secretary John McMurtrie and Honorary Member Dr Douglas Cormack will be representing ISCO at the IMO OPRC-HNS Technical Group meeting which takes place over 24-28 September 2012.

 

ISCO President David Usher and Honorary Member Dr Douglas Cormack will be representing ISCO at the IMO MEPC meeting  which runs from 1st  to 5th October 2012.

REAR ADMIRAL M. L. STACEY, CB (27/8/12)

Michael Stacey, a member of the ISCO executive committee and one of our most stalwart supporters is in hospital having recently suffered a serious stroke.

 

He is making good progress towards recovery and your Secretary has been helping to keep his friends updated.

 

If you would like to receive news, please send an emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

I am sure that members and readers will join in sending Michael best wishes.

ISCO MEMBER OF COUNCIL TO INTRODUCE ISCO AT OIL SPILL INDIA 2012 (20/8/12)

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ISCO’s recently elected Member of Council representing India will be speaking at the forthcoming Oil Spill India Conference taking place at the Holiday Inn Resort at Goa over 13-15 September 2012.  Capt Sekhar strongly supports ISCO’s aims and hopes that, by informing attendees at the conference about the organization, he will be able to help ISCO to grow its membership in India. Capt. Sekhar has been managing director of AlphaMERS Pvt. Ltd. since 2010. He began his sea-going career as a cadet in 1980 and progressed through the ranks in the Merchant Navy gaining experience in tanker operations as a junior and senior officer.  Among his qualifications he is an experienced auditor for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISM Code, ISPS Security Code. He is a trained marine incident investigator and experienced in tanker fleet risk management. The full name of his company, which is based in Bangalore, is Alpha Marine Emergency Services Private Limited. The company provides pollution control services for the marine industry.

 

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE RESOURCE INVENTORY – DEADLINE EXTENDED (30/7/12)

Are you a response contractor, equipment manufacturer or spill response expert ?

 

The deadline for Corporate Members of ISCO to register their interest in joining the ISCO Correspondence Group has been extended.

As reported in previous issues of the ISCO Newsletter, an international group has stared to work on the creation of an international Response Resource Inventory (RRI) for spill response. The initiative is part of a project introduced at the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee by the delegation of the United States.

 

A MESSAGE FROM ISCO PRESIDENT, DAVID USHER

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Here are some thoughts I’d like to share with you about ISCO’s past and future.

 

When ISCO was founded in 1984, its focus was support of government agencies in dealing with environmental issues.  Since then, our mission has expanded to serve as a voice for the response industry as well as providing advice and support to national governments and international organizations.   This reflects the growing sophistication and complexity of our profession.

 

In 2005, the organization re-launched itself, and what followed was an increase in membership and in readership of the ISCO Newsletter.

 

In 2007 we were granted consultative status with IMO as an NGO for oil and hazardous substances pollution control activities, and we’re very pleased that IMO acknowledges our participation.

 

Recently, our presence at the various spill control conferences has led more professionals to become aware of and appreciate the information ISCO provides in the weekly newsletter.  This has encouraged us to consider inaugurating an international conference next year.

 

Now we are ready to start up our Professional Membership initiative, which has been requested by many who are active in pollution control.

 

I’m very proud to be associated with John McMurtrie, our Secretary and Editor, and want to acknowledge him for his tireless efforts and commitment in what we are doing for environmental issues.  He is a driving force in helping the membership grow, something we need to support these activities and programs.

 

We’re thankful for the participation of all the members we have, and we encourage those who are not yet members to join.  This is an exciting time for ISCO.