IMO OPRC-HNS TECHNICAL GROUP -CHANGE OF MEETING DATE

The following message was received from Patricia Charlebois on Thursday 31 January –
 “The Secretariat wishes to inform you that the dates of the fifteenth session of the OPRC-HNS Technical Group, which had originally been scheduled from 6 to 10 May 2013, have been modified in consultation with the Chairman, due to the fact that Monday, 6 May 2013 is bank holiday in the United Kingdom.
In this regard, the Secretariat has issued a corrigendum to Circular Letter 3323, which is enclosed in this email, providing information on the new dates of the fifteenth session of the OPRC-HNS Technical Group, which will be now held from Tuesday, 7 May to Friday, 10  May 2013.
Since the next session of the meeting will be one day shorter than the one originally scheduled, the Secretariat has issued a revision of the Annotations to the Provisional agenda and provisional Timetable, which you can find also enclosed in this correspondence. We will not amend the provisional agenda, as the only change would be to the start date of the meeting”.

REBUILDING THE ISCO WEBSITE - NEW FEATURES BEING INTRODUCED

REBUILDING THE ISCO WEBSITE – NEW FEATURES BEING INTRODUCED

After about eight years the software programme used in the ISCO website is creaking at the seams and in desperate need of overhaul. Work on rebuilding the site has begun and is progressing “behind the scenes”. The new website won’t be “switched on” for about two weeks and, even after the switchover, some work will be continuing. Enhanced functionality will make many improvements possible. Some details may be subject to change as the task progresses, but I can give you a preview of some of the new features.

ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES OF PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

 

The design work on the new certificates is taking rather longer than expected. We apologise to recipients of awards for the delay in sending out the new certificates. We believe the new certificates will be very special and prestigious – something you will be proud to frame and hang on the wall.

ISCO President, David Usher, is taking a strong personal interest and has commissioned the same designer that he uses to produce the record sleeves for his company, Red Anchor Productions.

[How many of you knew that amongst his many talents and a lifetime experience in marine pollution control  Dave is a renowned jazz aficionado, long-time friend of the late Dizzy Gillespie, and a much respected record producer].

ISCO AT BEIJING OIL SPILL RESPONSE WORKSHOP

ISCO Member of Council for China, Mr Li Guobin is the General Manager of Sunic-Ocean and strongly believes in  ISCO’s aims and objectives. He is continuing to give his dedicated support to developing ISCO in China.  As a sponsor of the Oil Spill Response Workshop that took place last month, he provided ISCO with exhibition space and ensured that the organisation was properly introduced to delegates attending the event.

NEW MEMBERS AND AWARDS OF PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION (7/1/2013)

This year it will be 30 years since David Usher and John McMurtrie first discussed the formation of ISCO during the International Oil Spill Conference held at San Antonio in Texas in 1983. With the launch of ISCO’s Professional Recognition initiative the Membership Committee has recommended that it would be appropriate to recognise the anniversary of this historic event in the first awards of honorary fellowship of ISCO. It has also been recommended that the unstinting support and active contribution made over many years by Rear Admiral M. L. Stacey CB, Marc Shaye and Dan Sheehan be similarly recognised.  Also, with the introduction of the new classes of ISCO Membership, existing Honorary Members of ISCO have become Honorary Fellows (Hon.FISCO)

 

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.