It is now five months since Michael Stacey, a member of the ISCO Executive Committee and one of our most stalwart supporters, suffered a serious stroke.
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.
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.
A short report from ISCO President, David Usher.
This week ISCO President, David Usher, and Membership Director, Mary Ann Dalgleish are attending Clean Gulf.
“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”.
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.
Next week ISCO Secretary, John McMurtrie, will be attending the Arctic Oil Spill Conference on Monday and Tuesday, 29-30 October at the Le Meridean Hotel, Piccadilly. ISCO will have a stand at this event and you are cordially invited to visit.
Dr Douglas Cormack, Honorary Member of ISCO, has written an open letter to those NGOs that continue to support scientifically unproven beliefs that inhibit the application of cost-effective strategies for spill response.
The ISCO delegation to MEPC64 presented its paper highlighting the problems faced by masters of skimming vessels when prohibited from discharging settled-out water during operations to recover oil spillage.
Alert – A new post has been added to the RRI Correspondence Group page. Members should log in, go to the IMO Section and select Work Groups and RRI Project.
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.
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.
Over the last months a great deal of work has been done to refine and further develop the criteria and process under which individuals in the spill response industry can gain professional recognition.
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.
Since ISCO last announced new members at the end of June, we are pleased to welcome some additional new members –
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.
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.
I am sure that members and readers will join in sending Michael best wishes.
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.
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.
Several ISCO members will be speaking at the forthcoming 3rd Maritime Salvage & Casualty Conference taking place in London over 5-6 September, 2012.
Since ISCO last announced new members at the beginning of this month, we are pleased to welcome some additional new members –
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.
Plans are under way to introduce some important changes in the ISCO website. A new feature – Country Pages – is to be introduced within the Members’ Area and will be designed to help Members in each country to network and get to know each other better.
In preparation for the delayed implementation of the Professional Membership initiative new pages are being created - About Professional Membership
■ Application Form ■ Code of Conduct ■ Assessment Guidelines ■ Appeals Policy ■ Complaints Procedure.
On the advice of our insurers and legal advisors, new ISCO Terms and Conditions are also being introduced and will be accessible on the updated website.