The Event To Find Solutions, Equipment and Infrastructure For Coastal And marine Projects
The Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo (MCCE). Is an exhibition presenting solutions and innovative concepts
ISCO Members in good standing qualify for a $50 discount on the cost of registration for the Clean Gulf Conference being held on 5-7 December 2017 in Houston, Texas, USA. To take advantage of this special offer click on https://l.feathr.co/v0/clean-gulf-2017-isco-c ISCO supports this conference and recommends that you attend.
Receipt of the AGM Minutes is not a confirmation that you are a member in good standing. The members’ list is due for updating because it currently includes some members who have allowed their membership to lapse.
Having been in post as ISCO secretary for a little over a month now I felt it was time to introduce what may become a regular column from myself and other members of the ISCO executive committee. In doing this, I hope we can address one of the fundamental objectives of ISCO, to share and disseminate knowledge and at the same time to keep you informed about how ISCO is continuing to grow.
2017 has been identified by some organisations and individuals as an important year for the spill response industry being 50 years since the 18th March 1967 grounding of the Torrey Canyon. While that incident is widely sighted as the start of the oil spill response industry when looked at in the round is clear that it was only a new chapter in the known and already developing story of oil spills. In the same way that later incidents such as the Amoco Cadiz, Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon have filled subsequent chapters.
Read more in Issue 591 of the ISCO Newsletter. Go to www.spillcontrol.org Select NEWS and NEWSLETTER
BIMCO and ISCO have launched two new spill response contracts to make the task of arranging clean-up services following a spill incident significantly easier to negotiate in an emergency.
The two standard contracts are a first for spill response contractors. One is tailored for international use and the other is specifically for use in the United States and both are available free of charge from www.bimco.org and www.spillcontrol.org
The contracts have been written by a group of experts from BIMCO, ISCO, the International Group of P&I Clubs, the International Salvage Union and the Spill Control Association of America. Other partners, including ITOPF and individual response contractors, also contributed.
Read more in Issue 590 of the ISCO Newsletter. Click on www.spillcontrol.org and select NEWS and NEWSLETTER
ISCO will have a display at this event and brochures, joining forms, etc. will be available. Mike Rancilio from ISCO Corporate Member, Marine Pollution Control, will be there and can assist interested delegates who would like to know about the work that ISCO does for the spill response community and the benefits of membership.
The CLEAN WATERWAYS conference is designed to cater to the specific needs of the inland response community. The 14 conference sessions planned cover topics unique to rivers, such as the patchwork of state and federal regulations, hazardous materials and unconventional oil transportation, and working in a challenging environment. Networking opportunities have been built into the schedule so you can interact with fellow attendees from both industry and government to help build successful interagency relationships that are crucial to a successful response in the inland environment. In addition, CLEAN WATERWAYS will have 21 table top exhibitors ready to speak with you about their solutions and technologies specific to response on inland waterways.
ISCO is a supporter of the Clean Waterways conference and strongly recommends that you attend this very worthwhile event. For more information please click on http://2017.cleanwaterwaysevent.org/media-partner-isco/
TUESDAY 16th MAY - Presentation on the new RESPONSECON Standard Contract for Spill Response and Reception being hosted by ISCO, Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) and Association of Petroleum Industry Cooperative Managers (APICOM)
A presentation on the new International Spill Response Contract will place at 5 pm on Tuesday 16th May in room 101A in the IOSC Convention Centre. The presentation to an invited audience will be given by Mr Tony Paulson, Director of the West of England P&I Club and Chairman of the joint ISCO-BIMCO Working Group. If you would like to attend please contact the ISCO Secretariat.
Work on the development of the contract is now virtually complete with publication expected in Summer, 2017. Participants in the WG have included not only representatives of ISCO and BIMCO but also those of the International Group of P&I Clubs, ITOPF, ISU, the Spill Control Association of America and other interested parties. A wide consultation exercise has also been conducted with other stakeholders.
The availability of the new International Response Contract will complement other initiatives designed to improve spill response mechanisms, including the recently published IMO Guidelines for International Offers of Assistance and ISCO’s Emergency Assistance facility for rapid sourcing of response resources.
Bill has had a long career in our profession including many years of experience as master of dedicated oil spill response vessels operating in the North Sea and has held senior management positions with Briggs Marine in both the UK and overseas. He has always been a stalwart supporter of ISCO. During an extended assignment in Brazil he served as the ISCO Member of Council for Brazil for several years, recruiting a significant number of new members and also organising in-country meetings of members. He has contributed as a member of ISCO delegations at IMO and given of his time as a key member of the ISCO-BIMCO Working Group on the new International Spill Response Contract. He has also contributed articles for publication in the ISCO Newsletter. Currently he serves on our Executive Committee and, in line with ISCO’s commitment to support the International Spill Accreditation Association, is spearheading the expansion of ISAA’s operations in England, Scotland and Wales.
Having acted as Secretary of ISCO since its re-launch in 2005, John McMurtrie will be retiring in May 2017. He represented the British Oil Spill Control Association (BOSCA) as one of ISCO’s founding members and has been actively involved in the organization since 1984.
The appointment of his successor, Matthew Sommerville, will be formalised at the AGM on 17th May 2017.
Matthew has more than 34 years’ experience in the spill response industry and has a very wide breadth of relevant management experience. He has excellent communication skills and a network of contacts across the globe, including government and intergovernmental agencies, response organisations, manufacturers, insurers and research organisations.
The ISCO 2017 AGM will be held from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on Wednesday 17th May in Room 101A at the IOSC Convention Centre at Long Beach California.
Members attending IOSC are requested to attend. The retiring ISCO Secretary, John McMurtrie will be introducing Matthew Sommerville, who will be taking over at the helm of the organization.
In this week's ISCO Newsletter Issue 578) an article by Rob Cox of IPIECA gives an introduction and overview of the five regional Global Initiative Programmes -
1. Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Central Eurasia (OSPRI)
2. West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF)
3. Mediterranean (Cooperation with REMPEC)
4. South-East Asia (GI SEA)
5. China (GI China – work with China MSA)
The ISAA 2017 Training Days are on Wednesday 26 April and Thursday 27 April. The event will take place at Castle Archdale, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The facilities at the Castle Archdale Country Park, provided by arrangement with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, include the marina on the beautiful Lough Erne and the classroom and tearoom at Castle Archdale.
This year’s training courses include “inland surface water oil spill response” and “dealing with contaminated land spills”.
Download programme and booking form It’s a great place to visit – so if you enjoy fishing and boating, why not combine your training with a short break. Hotel details More about Enniskillen Castle Archdale
A new serialised article started in issue 571 of the ISCO Newsletter. Rob Cox and others present reliable, scientifically sound, guidance on aspects of oil spill response.
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ISCO is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Sommerville as a new member of its Executive Committee. ISCO President, David Usher, commented, “Knowing Matthew’s abilities, his wide experience in our industry and his strong interest in contributing to the future development of the organization, I very much welcome his joining in our efforts on behalf of the spill response community”. ISCO Secretary, John McMurtrie, said “I am very glad to have Matthew on board and look forward to working with him in continuing to build the value of ISCO membership.
Matthew Sommerville has more than 34 years’ experience in the oil spill response industry. Following service with the British Army (Royal Armoured Corps) and Navy (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) he worked with the UK Government's Warren Spring Laboratory for nine years on spill response research projects. He has attended numerous incidents including Sea Empress, Aragon, Rosebay, Seki, Braer, Aegean Sea, BP Trent, Exxon Valdez, Freja Svea, Kymia, and the Gulf War oil spill. Over the years he has gained considerable industry experience having held senior positions with Briggs Marine, NRC, OSRL, Aramco, IOPC Funds and Shell. Currently he acts as an independent consultant. He is Chairman of the IMarEST Marine Pollution Special Interest Group and represents ISCO at IMO (MEPC and PPR meetings) and IOPC Funds.
Oil Spill Science and Technology, Second Edition, delivers a multi-contributed view on the entire chain of oil-spill related topics from oil properties and behaviors, to remote sensing through the management side of contingency planning and communicating oil spill risk perceptions.
Completely new case studies are included with special attention to the Deepwater Horizon event, covering the impacts of wetlands and sand beaches, a mass balance approach, and the process for removing petroleum chemicals still trapped near Alabama beaches. Other new information on lingering oil left behind from the Exxon Valdez spill, the emergency system used in the Prestige incident, and coverage on the Heibei Spirit spill in Korea are also included.
Updated with new chapters on risk analysis and communication, contingency planning, restoration, and case studies
Supported with technological advances evolved from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil tragedy and events in the Arctic/Antarctic
Multi-contributed from various industry experts to provide an extensive background in technical equipment and worldwide procedures used today
About the Author
Mervin Fingas has over 40 years of experience in oil and chemical spill research. Previously, he was Chief of the Emergencies Science Division of Environment Canada for 30 years. He has authored over 875 technical publications including books, manuals, and 500 peer-reviewed papers. He has won over 20 awards for research and papers from the United States Government, Canadian Government, and international conferences. Dr. Fingas has collaborated on studies with over 25 organizations around the world, coordinated studies for over 30 years through 6 internationally attended committees and developed co-operative projects with many international groups. Dr. Fingas has a PhD in Environmental Physics from McGill University, three Masters degrees in chemistry, business, and mathematics - all from the University of Ottawa, and a BA in Arts from Indiana.
Dr Fingas is the Member of ISCO Council for Canada. Thanks to Ann Hayward Walker, President, SEA Consulting Group, for alerting the ISCO Newsletter to this new publication. SEA Consulting Group is a Corporate Member of ISCO Link for more info is in Issue 570 of the ISCO Newsletter
The OPRC Convention has been an important tool for more than 20 years for the improvement of the oil spill preparedness and response throughout the world, and to date 109 countries have ratified the Convention and 37 countries have ratified the OPRC-HNS Protocol. Experience from all parts of the world is that many countries have still not ratified the Convention or have ratified the Convention but it has not been implemented.
In this connection, IMO has agreed that a guide be developed to help countries, in particular developing countries that might have challenges with the implementation of the OPRC Convention.
Recalling that one of ISCO’s stated objectives is “To represent ISCO members in the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee and its technical working group on OPRC and the OPRC HNS Protocol implementation” it follows that ISCO will support the development of the new guide.
Interested ISCO members who feel they may be able to contribute to the task with ideas and comments are invited to contact the Secretary for more information on how they can assist.
The exhibition “50 years of Government and industry working together to address the risk of oil pollution from ships” has been organized by IMO, IOPC Funds and ITOPF, with the support of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Associations (IGP&I), the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), the International Salvage Union (ISU), the International Spill Control Organization (ISCO) and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF).
A timeline from pre-1967 to the present day covers prevention – including improved safety of navigation, ship construction, training and risk reduction; preparedness and response – an area which has continued to evolve as both awareness and technology have advanced and practical experience has led to a better response to spills when they occur; and liability and compensation regimes, which have been developed to ensure that a robust system of compensation and liability for ship-source oil spills is now in place and that appropriate funding mechanisms exist to finance an immediate and efficient response and compensate those affected.The exhibition was officially opened by the Secretary-General of IMO, Mr Kitack Lim, the Director of the IOPC Funds, Mr José Maura and the Managing Director of ITOPF, Dr Karen Purnell at IMO on 16 January 2017.
The exhibition will run at IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom, until 7 July 2017.
October 12-13 2016 at ExCel in London
ISCO will be giving a presentation and will be present at Stand C380. This event looks set to be a must-attend exhibition for the environmental industry, with hundreds of companies represented and 120 expert-led talks showcasing the latest ideas on tackling marine litter, the reality of spill response in the UK, the key developments in environmental law, and more.
In addition to the Spill Response Expo, the event will feature the Land Remediation Expo, the Clean Air Technology Expo, the Hazardous Materials Expo, the Nuclear Decommissioning Expo, the Flood Expo, the Marine & Costal Civil Engineering Expo (M&CCE Expo), and the Geotechnical Engineering Expo.
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The Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo (MCCE). Is an exhibition presenting solutions and innovative concepts
Following on his recent retirement Anton Moldan has stepped down as Member of ISCO Council for South Africa. Anton has served on the ISCO Council since 2006 during which time he held the position of Environmental Adviser to the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA). In this capacity he was involved in the co-ordination of the oil industry's environmental management practices which included responsibility for the industry's combined oil spill preparedness and response activities. He was also involved in the compilation of national oil spill contingency plans in other African countries as well as the promotion of regional agreements.
The ISCO Committee thanks Anton for his contribution to the organization and wishes him well in his future life.
On behalf of the ISCO Committee and Members the Secretary has welcomed a confirmation from Fatima B Shaik, SAPIA’s Head of Health, Safety, Security and Environment, that she is willing to act as the new Member of ISCO Council representing South Africa.
Fatima has been involved in environment matters since 1996. She holds a Masters in Business leadership, Masters in Science: Environmental Management (cum laude), B-Tech: Environmental Health, and N.Dip: in Environmental Health. Prior to joining SAPIA she was Country HSSE manager for Shell South Africa where she worked with various Industry members, SAPIA committees and other business fora.
Fatima currently plays a key role in working with a range of internal and external stakeholders (Government, Business, International, etc.) in promoting HSSE within the sector; co-creating the countries HSSE legislative frameworks; co-ordinating industry initiatives, including oil spill response preparedness and was recently appointed to the Advisory Council of Occupational Health and Safety.
You can find this article in Issue 548 (22 August 2016) of the ISCO Newsletter. If you're not yet a subscriber you can find links for downloading recent issues on the ISCO Home Page at http://www.spillcontrol.org
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Steven Candito is the Founder, President and CEO of Foresea, which provides advisory services including strategic planning, regulatory compliance and crisis management to the maritime and environmental communities. Previously, he was President and CEO of NRC. He has extensive experience with OPA 90 compliance issues with particular focus on vessel owner and insurance matters
An article in five parts by the internationally recognised expert, Alun Lewis.
"It has been six years since the Deepwater Horizon incident and an enormous amount has been written about the various aspects of the oil release and the response. BP funded the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) with $500 million over a 10-year period and a very large number of research studies have been conducted. Since 2011, GoMRI has provided $350 million for studies and over 650 papers have been published by GoMRI-funded researchers, including over 100 papers produced in 2016. This effort has not yet answered the obvious questions about what actually happened to the oil that was released into the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), such as:
i. How much oil was released into the GoM?
ii. What happened to the released oil?
iii. How effective were the different oil spill response techniques used?
This paper has been put together to try and assess the current state of knowledge in a way that is easy to comprehend and to highlight what uncertainties remain".
Alun Lewis has specialised in oil spill response work since 1979. His specialities are oil spill dispersants, the behaviour of spilled oil at sea and the aerial surveillance of oil at sea. During his career he worked for 25 years at the BP Research Centre, and subsequently on projects for the Warren Spring Laboratory, SINTEF in Norway, AEA Technology and the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. He has participated in numerous research programmes, large scale sea trials and development of laboratory procedures. Since 1998 he has worked internationally as an independent consultant with many clients, commercial and governmental, He has participated in many national exercises, training courses and workshops throughout the world. A more detailed bio was published in Issue 546 of the ISCO Newsletter
The first part of this article was published in issue 546 (8th August 2016) of the ISCO Newsletter. If you missed out on reading this you can find links for accessing recent issues of the Newsletter on the ISCO home page at http://www.spillcontrol.org
New Publication now available from IMO Publications -
Countries facing a major pollution emergency may require external resources to augment national response capacity for large, complex or significant oil spill incidents.
In such cases, the Requesting Country may wish to issue a request for international assistance. This can be done bilaterally, multilaterally, or possibly through a regional mechanism, where these exist.
Correspondingly, major oil spills may trigger spontaneous offers of assistance from governments and international organizations, usually in the form of equipment, technical specialists, vessels and other resources.
Regional and international organizations may also assist in facilitating and coordinating assistance in support of national level efforts. The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 highlighted the importance of international stakeholder planning and coordination to ensure maximum resource availability and utilization during a catastrophic oil spill or hazardous substance event.
Several nations stepped forward to assist the United States during the DWH incident. These offers included equipment, technical expertise and general assistance. The extensive support from the international partners of the United States cannot be overstated; however, the event highlighted the need for guidelines for procedures for requesting and receiving emergency assistance in events of this scale including a common lexicon of equipment terminology and an international equipment inventory.
This publication provides guidelines on international offers of assistance (IOA) in response to a marine oil pollution incident and is designed for use by any country, particularly parties to the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation, 1990 (OPRC 1990), as a tool to assist in managing requests for spill response resources and offers of assistance from other countries and organizations when confronted with large, complex or significant oil spill incidents. These guidelines could be used during large, complex or significant oil spills within inland areas as well as marine or coastal environments. While these guidelines can play an important role in the implementation of the OPRC 1990 Convention, they are not prescriptive or legally binding, and are meant as a tool to assist as needed. This publication complements IMO’s existing series of titles (manuals, guidelines) relating to oil pollution. The appendices in the publication present various sample forms, an extensive equipment and personnel lexicon glossary with acronym listing. Contact IMO Publications for more info http://www.imo.org/en/Publishing/Pages/Home/aspx
The International Spill Control Organization (ISCO) and BIMCO are working together to develop a standard contract for spill response services. The contract is expected to be published by the end of the year.
The Spill Response Services and Equipment Contract is designed for situations where a spill incident occurs and the ship-owner or other stakeholder (the “requesting party”) needs to contract for clean-up services, counter pollution measures, and hire of equipment. Terms and conditions are set out in standard clauses with accompanying annexes for parties to insert detailed descriptions of the required services and rates for personnel and equipment.
Emergency situations require a prompt response. In order to avoid delay the contract envisages that the parties are able to sign it and mobilise the response while negotiations continue on rates and charges. Mobilisation of personnel and equipment can then begin promptly leaving parties to focus on the operation itself.
The specialist drafting committee comprises representatives from BIMCO, ISCO, the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) and the International Salvage Union (ISU).
A recent and widely publicised study is giving serious concern to governments and other parties who rely on the use of dispersant as an essential component of their oil spill response preparedness arrangements.
The implication is that Chemical Dispersant can suppress the activity of natural oil-degrading microorganisms.
Not everyone agrees with this conclusion and in issue 511 of the ISCO Newsletter the independent oil spill consultant, Alun Lewis, challenges the conclusions reached by the authors of the study report.
The series of articles on Oil Spill In-Situ Burning by Merv Fingas MSc, PhD, Hon.FISCO previously published in the ISCO Newsletter has now been consolidated as a single file available for viewing or downloading in the Members’ Area of the ISCO website.
This is the fourth publication to be uploaded in the Technical & Reference Section. Other titles include Oil Spill Remote Sensing by Dr Mervyn Fingas; Anatomy of an Oil Spill - Case History of an Onshore Heavy Oil Spill in the Scottish Highlands; and Response to Inland Oil Spills by Mark Francis, FISCO. It is planned to add more articles. Contributions are solicited and should be submitted to the Secretary for consideration.