PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME RELEASED FOR INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON GROUP V (NON-BUOYANT OILS

Speakers so far confirmed will include Jessica Winter (NOAA), John Brinkman (Imbibitive Technologies), Mark Brown (ECRC Great Lakes Region), David DeVibiss (Global Diving), Jerry Popiel (USCG 9th District), Dr Merv Fingas (Spill Science), Steve Lehmann (NOAA), Lt. Sarah Booth (USCG), Marc K. Shaye (Oil Pollution Legal Specialist), Jim Elliot (T&T Marine Salvage), Ralph Dollhoph (US EPA), Dr Jaqui Michel (Research Planning).

More details – See PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME on the FORUM 2014 menu on the right hand side of this page.

UPDATED CALL FOR PAPERS AND NEW DEADLINE FOR FORUM SUBMISSIONS

FORUM ON GROUP V (NON-BUOYANT) OILS – UPDATED CALL FOR PAPERS AND NOTICE OF EXTENSION OF SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Emerging Concerns: The International Forum on Group V (Non-buoyant) Oils

9-10 September 2014 Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Building 130 Atwater, Detroit, MI 48226

The International Spill Control Organization, Sponsors and Management and Program Committee have issued an industry-wide call for participation. The Forum covers the following general aspects of the Group V (non buoyant) Oil issues:

Program Objectives and Outline

This Forum intends to explore multiple aspects of spill response for Group V classified oils, emerging production of oils such as Bitumen and Dilbit with the potential for sinking, and other heavy oils known to sink.

The platform and presentations are structured to facilitate better understanding between the various parties making up the response community so that each discipline can ascertain from others the importance of how they intersect in relation to regulatory issues, scientific issues, production and transport, spill preparedness, spill management and spill response.

Track One: Regulatory Rulemaking Updates

A.   OSRO Classification and Group V Oils

B.   Response Plans and Group V Oils

C.   OPA 90 - New Trends in Transport - Rail and Pipeline Issues

Track Two:  Fate and Behavior of Group V Non-Buoyant Sinking Oils

A. Properties of Group V Oil and Submerged Oil Releases

B. Emerging Issues of Potential Sinking Oil: Oil Sands, Dilbit and Bitumen

C. Explore the different environments at risk

Track Three: Storage and Transport issues (maritime, pipelines, rail and trucking)

A.  Trends in Transport: Rail and Pipeline

B.  Risk Mitigation and Spill Response Planning

C.  Industry Safeguards

D.  Community Information Programs

Track Four: Detection and Surveillance of Non-Buoyant Sinking Oils

A. Submerged Oil Detection Techniques

B. Existing and Emerging Technologies and Practices

Track Five: Group V Response Preparedness

A.  Group V Oils and Response Planning on the Regional and Local Level (Area Contingency Plans)

B.  International Agreements and Cooperation

C.  Interagency Issues

Track Six: Group V Non-Buoyant Sinking Oil Spill Response:

A. Spill Management

B. Response Strategies and Counter-Measures

C. Submerged Oil Containment Techniques

D. Recovery Methodologies for Submerged Oils

E. Equipment and Materials Available for Group V Sinking Oil Response

F. Case Studies

All submissions should:

• Be objective and include practical and impartial information.

• Identify primary and contributing authors.

• Indicate the topic or focus most appropriate for the presentation.

• Submit  to : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Abstract Submission due date is June 30, 2014.

You will receive email confirmation when your submission has been received. Speakers will receive notification as to acceptance or non-acceptance as soon as possible after papers have been reviewed by the programme committee.

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Forum.

FORUM AGENDA AND CALL FOR PAPERS

The International Forum on Group V (Non-buoyant) Oils 9-10 September 2014 Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Building 130 Atwater, Detroit, MI 48226 The International Spill Control Organization, Sponsors and Management and Program Committee have issued an industry-wide call for participation. The Forum covers the following general aspects of the Group V (Non-buoyant) Oil issues:

1. Regulatory Rulemaking Updates 2. Fate and Behavior of Group V non buoyant, sinking oils 3. Storage and Transport issues (maritime, pipelines, rail and trucking) 4. Detection and Surveillance of non buoyant sinking oils 5. Group V Response Preparedness 6. Group V non buoyant oil response strategies, counter-measures, containment, recovery methods and equipment 7. Case studies in all categories are acceptable.

All abstracts will be reviewed for content and relevance by the committee and are selected by consensus.

All submissions should:

Be objective and include practical and impartial information.

Identify primary and contributing authors.

Indicate the topic or focus most appropriate for the presentation.

Submit to : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Abstract Submission due date is June 15, 2014. You will receive email confirmation when your submission has been received. Speakers will receive notification as to acceptance or non-acceptance by June 30, 2014. Thank you for your interest in participating in the Forum.

ISCO AGM AT IOSC IN SAVANNAH

ISCO’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF ISCO WILL BE HELD FROM 4.30 PM UNTIL 6.00 PM ON TUESDAY 6th MAY, 2014, IN SHOW OFFICE “A” AT THE INTERNATIONAL OIL SPILL CONFERENCE, SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, USA.

All members are requested to attend

PRESS RELEASE - INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON GROUP V (NON-BUOYANT) OILS

 

Michael Rancilio, ISCO’s Event Manager for the International Forum being held in September 2014 has just issued the following press release. Readers who are involved as editors of publications, such as magazines, technical journals, newsletters, etc. are kindly requested to help publicise the Forum by printing this Press Release.

OIL SPILL RESPONSE "INADEQUATE" ON GREAT LAKES

Oil that sinks is hard to clean up.

That was the big lesson after energy giant Enbridge’s pipeline burst, causing oil to flow into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010, some 75 miles from where it empties into Lake Michigan. After more than three years and a billion dollars, oil remains in the river.

So a refinery’s proposal to ship heavy crude oil from Superior across the Great Lakes has emergency responders gearing up to bolster gaps in current oil spill response plans.

And the gaps are substantial, according to a June 2013 report from the U.S. Coast Guard’s research and development division.

“Current methods are inadequate to find and recover submerged oil, with responders having to reinvent the techniques on each occasion,” the report said.       International New York Times        Read more

[Note: “This is exactly why ISCO is convening the International Forum on Group V (Non-buoyant) Oils in September]

ANNIVERSARY OF IMO FOUNDING CONVENTION

 

17/03/2014 ON THIS DAY IN 1958 THE IMO CONVENTION ENTERED INTO FORCE, LAUNCHING THE GLOBAL ORGANIZATION THAT HAS SUCCESSFULLY STRIVEN TO MAKE SHIPPING SAFER, MORE SECURE AND MORE ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY EVER SINCE.
 
It has always been recognized that the best way of improving safety at sea is by developing international regulations that are followed by all shipping nations and from the mid-19th century onwards a number of such treaties were adopted. Several countries proposed that a permanent international body should be established to promote maritime safety more effectively, but it was not until the establishment of the United Nations itself that these hopes were realized. In 1948 an international conference in Geneva adopted a convention formally establishing IMO (the original name was the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization, or IMCO, but the name was changed in 1982 to IMO).
  
"The mission of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a United Nations specialized agency is to promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping through cooperation. This will be accomplished by adopting the highest practicable standards of maritime safety and security, efficiency of navigation and prevention and control of pollution from ships, as well as through consideration of the related legal matters and effective implementation  implementation of IMO’s instruments with a view to their universal and uniform implementation of IMO’s instruments with a view to their universal and uniform application." 

Read more about the history of IMO

ISAA LAUNCHES INLAND SPILL TRAINING COURSE ACCREDITATION

INTERNATIONAL SPILL ACCREDITATION ASSOCIATION (ISAA) LAUNCHES ACCREDITATION OF INLAND OIL SPILL RESPONSE TRAINING PROVIDERS AND COURSES

For a number of years The International Spill Accreditation Association (ISAA) has been asked by training organisations to approve and accredit inland spill training courses. The ISAA Board has now approved a syllabus and training requirements for an inland surface waters spill training course.

In a similar way to the accreditation by the Nautical Institute of marine response training organisations offering IMO, MCA and DEC courses, the accreditation process not only verifies course content but also assesses the competence of trainers’ personnel on course delivery.

It is expected that syllabi for various other non-marine spill courses will be drawn up over the coming months.

It should be understood that none of these courses will be directly provided by ISAA but through training providers accredited by ISAA.

ISAA was formed in 2003 as a not-for-profit international association dedicated to improving standards of spill response by awarding accredited status to oil spill response organisations that meet required standards. ISAA auditors examine every aspect of each candidate’s operations in accordance with a comprehensive accreditation matrix. The objective is not only to determine appropriate levels for award (or otherwise) of accreditation, but to help accredited spill response organisations, over time, to progress towards higher levels of accreditation. ISAA also organises training events and seminars, designed to help responders to maintain and enhance response capacity.   The launch of accreditation for providers of inland spill response training is a logical development and wholly aligned with ISAA’s mission to improve standards of spill response. For further details please contact the ISAA Administrator at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO'S INTERNATIONAL FORUM PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE THE PETCOKE ISSUE

The Agenda of the International Forum on Group V (Non-buoyant) Oils to be held in Detroit, USA on 9-10 September 2014 will include the matter of dealing with Petroleum Coke spillages during handling and transportation.


This is a subject of concern in all areas of the world where Petcoke is being produced, stockpiled or transported.


Although a solid hydrocarbon by-product of oil refining, Petcoke, like Group V (Non-buoyant) Oils, will sink if spilt during loading/unloading operations or as a result of a shipping or other transportation incident.


The Forum will not be concerned with taking sides in issues between community groups, operators and regulators but will instead focus on the practical matter of cost-effective spillage recovery.


Currently ISCO is compiling a mailing list of individuals and organizations who would like to be kept informed on progress as the detailed plans for the International Forum are firmed up.


If you would like to receive updated information on the International Forum  please drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UPDATE: INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON GROUP V (NON-BUOYANT) OILS

In the interests of better international understanding we are adding the words “non-buoyant” to the title of the International Forum that will take place in Detroit, USA on 9-10 September, 2014.

 

The US Coast Guard defines Group V oil as “oil with a specific gravity equal to or greater than 1.0” and the term “Group V oils” is well understood and in common use in the USA. However, in other parts of the world the term “Group V Oils” is not well known and the respected independent consultant Alun Lewis has confirmed that there is in fact no international standard (such as ISO) for classifying oils by their density.
Non-buoyant oils or negative buoyancy oils are oils that sink in water and include types of residual fuel oils, bitumen, and orimulsion.  Because these oils sink, response to spills presents very significant challenges and clean-up costs are many times greater than those for normal oils. There is also a pressing need to develop new and more cost-effective technologies for addressing the problem.


The rapidly increasing volumes of “Dilbit” (Diluted Bitumen) and oil sands crude oil being transported gives the matter of improving response preparedness a very high priority. This is the reason for convening the International Forum.


“Dilbit”, as such, is not a non-buoyant hydrocarbon – but will most certainly be addressed by the Forum. The problem is that when “Dilbit” is spilt at sea, in lakes or rivers, there is only a short time window during which conventional containment-recovery operations can be effective.


“Dilbit” is bitumen diluted with gas condensate or other light fractions to make it pumpable. As soon as it is spilt the diluent begins to evaporate and the material becomes progressively heavier. Ambient temperatures and other weather conditions will influence this process but experience has shown that the sinking will take place within a short period of time.


In event of a spill, oil sands crude (bitumen) carried in heated cargo tanks will sink immediately.


The purpose of the Forum is to focus attention and accelerate efforts to develop more effective capabilities for dealing with these spills. ISCO is currently compiling a mailing list for people who wish to register their interest in the  Forum and would like to be kept informed on the event.

To register your interest, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAMPAIGN TO URGE GOVERNMENTS TO ADOPT IMO PLACES OF REFUGE GUIDELINES

February 13 - Shipowners, Salvors and Insurers – through their respective trade associations – have jointly called for the prompt and proper implementation of international measures to provide a Place of Refuge for stricken vessels, following a series of incidents where casualty vessels have been delayed in accessing a safe harbor.

 

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says that it has noted “with dismay” the refusal by some coastal States to make places of refuge available, thereby risking lives and the environment even after the high profile cases of the Stolt Valor and the MSC Flaminia in 2012.

 

ISCO WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS (27/1/14)

ISCO is pleased to introduce new members who have recently joined the organization –

New Corporate Members

Environmental Protection Engineering SA in Piraeus, Greece.   http://www.epe.gr  EPE S.A. is one of the major companies in the field of environmental protection, offering a variety of services and products in the marine and industrial field.

SeaHow in Helsinki, Finland.  http://www.seahow.net   SeaHow is a brand of Meritaito Ltd. Meritaito is the leading Finnish marine survey service and infrastructure management company. The company has decades of experience in a comprehensive range of services in maintenance of waterways, use and maintenance of canals, hydrographic surveying services, oil spill response, hydraulic engineering, waterways design and manufacturing of aids to navigation. Meritaito Ltd is 100 % Finnish state-owned.

Koseq BV in Ridderkerk, The Netherlands This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Koseq is the manufacturer of the Koseq Sweeping Arm oil recovery system which is in use all over the world.

Chemtex Inc. in Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA.  http://www.chemtexinc.com  Chemtex manufactures and supplies a huge selection of sorbent materials and secondary containment products such as spill pallets, overpacks, lab packs, drum funnels, drain protectors, spill dams, and drain guards used in storm water management.

New Professional Members

MISCO – Mr Andrew Brian Ray.  Andrew Ray is the Senior Incident Response Co-ordinator with the Qatar Petroleum Oil Spill and Emergency Response Dept.

New Individual Members

Commander USCG, Ret. Steven A. McCall of SAMc Solutions LLC.

INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON GROUP V OILS

On September 9 and 10, 2014, an International Forum on Group V Oils will be presented by the International Spill Control Organization to commemorate its 30th anniversary.  The Forum will take place in Detroit, at the shore side facility of the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority, across the Detroit River from Windsor, Ontario.  Dave Usher, President of ISCO, and Dr Merv Fingas of Spill Science in Edmonton, Alberta, will co-chair.

The Forum is being organized to discuss Group V oils and the tendency of bitumen, oil sands, lamp black, orimulsion, etc., to sink in water.  What are their characteristics?  What spill technologies are being used now, and what technical advances does the future hold?  Both the United States Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have expressed interest in being involved.    Continue to check the ISCO Newsletter in the coming weeks for additional information about the Forum, its program and speakers. 

ISCO AWARDED OBSERVER STATUS AT IOPC FUNDS

The International Spill Control Organization (ISCO) was granted observer status with the 1992 and Supplementary Funds at last month’s meeting of the governing bodies of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) held at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London.

The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) provide financial compensation for oil pollution damage that occurs in Member States, resulting from spills of persistent oil from tankers.

MORE PROMINENCE AND RECOGNITION FOR MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND MEMBERS OF ISCO COUNCIL

 

 

Following on requests the layout of the front page of the ISCO Newsletter has been changed to give more prominence and recognition  to  the members of  our  Executive  Committee and  Council.    These  are people who  have  accepted  positions  of responsibility in the organization and, as such, should be more widely recognised for their contributions to the success and continuing development of ISCO.

 

For those who may not know how ISCO is managed, an elected Executive Committee (EC) is responsible for managing the organization. Members of the EC are elected by all of the members of ISCO at the annual AGM to serve for a three year term. If willing to continue to serve as EC members they are eligible to have their term of office extended if so approved at the AGM, at which all members are entitled to vote either in person or by proxy.  The EC can include up to 12 members and every member of ISCO has the right to nominate a candidate for membership of the EC. Nominations received are considered by an elected Nominating Committee and subject to approval are put forward as candidates for election at the next AGM.

 

The ISCO Council is a non-executive body that is consulted by the EC on important policy matters and helps to steer the direction of the organization by considering new initiatives and advising on important decision-making issues. In effect each Council Member is the national representative of the membership in his/her country and has defined responsibilities, helping grow membership of ISCO, bringing together individual professionals, companies and other entities involved in spill control in their countries, as a means of raising levels of knowledge and competence, facilitating sector recognition and creating a channel of communication with governments and other in-country organizations.

 

Members in any country can put their own names forward or nominate another candidate for membership of Council.  All in-country members of ISCO will then be consulted and, subject to their approval, the nomination will be put forward for endorsement by members at the next AGM. An in-country election will held if there is more than one candidate.

 

OBITUARY - DUNCAN LYON Hon.FIMarEST, FInstPet, Hon.FISCO "Finishedwith engines"

Countless people across the maritime industries will be saddened by the death on 28 September of Duncan Lyon.  Throughout his long and distinguished journey through many areas of the marine world Duncan made friends with his charm, generosity and good humour.  The mention of his name in the most unlikely corners of our global business arena could generate smiles and stories told with fondness and respect.

WEBSITE UPDATING INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE RESOURCE INVENTORY

Work on the website continues and in the Members’ Area new information has been posted on the Response Resource Inventory (RRI) Working Group page.  After logging in, select “Members’ Area”, go to “IMO” and select “Work Groups”, then click on “RRI Project”   Members should send new posts for uploading to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REMINDER TO MEMBERS - YOU NEED TO RE-REGISTER

Because the old website has been replaced, your old user name and password for accessing the Members’ Area will need to be renewed.  You will need to re-register by going to http://www.spillcontrol.org/index.php/joomla-pages-ii/user-registration
You can re-enter your existing user name and pass word or choose new ones if you wish. After completing the form just click on “Register”.  If your membership subscription is up-to-date the administrator will enable your access.

THE ISCO NEWSLETTER REACHES ITS 400TH ISSUE

The first issue of the ISCO Newsletter was published more than eight years ago on the 11th of July 2005. Since that time the readership has increased from about 100 to an estimated 3,000 made up of those who receive it every week via email, others who access it on the ISCO website at http://www.spillcontrol.org and the staff of companies and organisations that circulate the newsletter internally to their employees.

The idea of creating the ISCO Newsletter originated with ISCO’s President, David Usher, at a 2005 meeting in Glasgow with John McMurtrie. The ISCO Newsletter is in fact a successor to the Oil Spill Bulletin and Environmental Review (OSBER), the monthly magazine published by Alba International Ltd. from the early ‘80s.

Amongst other news the first issue of the ISCO Newsletter contained reports on the listing Thunder Horse platform in the Gulf of Mexico, a new Technical Information Paper on dispersants from ITOPF, EMSA’s future plans for strategically-located pollution combat vessels, HELCOM’s intention to develop a Baltic Sea action plan and new Canadian legislation (Migratory Bird Convention Act) raising the maximum pollution penalty to $1 million.

Today, the Newsletter continues its aim to keep readers informed on matters of interest to the worldwide spill response community with news, articles, and other features that help keep our readers well informed.

This said, ISCO’s policy is one of continuous improvement and we welcome suggestions on how the Newsletter can better serve our community.  If you have some thoughts on this, please write to the Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEMBER PROFILES IN THE ISCO NEWSLETTER

In recent months your editor has received enquiries from Corporate Members asking if the ISCO Newsletter would be willing to print articles about their companies.

Some time ago your editor raised the possibility of display advertisements in the Newsletter with the ISCO Committee and Council as a potential way of raising much needed additional revenue. The idea did not generate much enthusiasm but has not been dismissed out of hand.

As an alternative we are, for a trial period, proposing to offer to members only the opportunity to submit their company profiles for publication.

It has been suggested that members be asked to make a contribution of £150 to ISCO funds for publication of a one page company profile. Given that the ISCO Newsletter has a large and highly targeted readership in over 50 countries, the suggested contribution may be too low and will be kept under review. Interested members should contact the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PROVIDING A CAREER DEVELOPMENT PATH VIA PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Students, apprentices and trainees can join ISCO as student members and pursue a career development path that, as qualifications and experience are gained, can lead to eligibility for Associate Membership (AMISCO), Membership (MISCO) and, eventually, Fellowship (FISCO). The key word is “professional” when applied to men and women who are making a success in their careers and have the necessary levels of knowledge and expertise.

Professional recognition is a visible mark of quality, competence and commitment, and can offer a significant advantage in today’s competitive environment.  More information can be found on the ISCO website at www.spillcontrol.org Look under Membership and click on Professional.