IOSC 2014 PROCEEDINGS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Message received from Greg Hall on 25 September – “It is with great excitement that we announce the availability of the 2014 IOSC Online Proceedings. As many of you know, several years ago IOSC undertook a project to move the entire text of the IOSC Proceedings, since the inception in 1969, into an electronic format which is now available online to anyone for free. Each article and poster in the collection has its own electronic identity and can be cited and searched for through online databases. The 2014 edition represents the first time we have engineered the online Proceedings into the fabric of the conference from the beginning of the planning process”.

To view the online proceedings click on http://ioscproceedings.org/  

“In addition to viewing the online proceedings please make sure to check out our recap video of the 2014 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC)! This video captures a series of interviews with participants talking about the value, importance and evolution of the IOSC over the years. It also highlights the advancements in oil spill technology, the spill response community that it supports, and IOSC’s global reach and impact. That video can be viewed at http://www.iosc.org/.” 

Read the complete text of this announcement from IOSC click on http://www.courtesyassociates.com/emails/IOSC_2014_Message_2014-09-23.html  

WECOME TO NEW READERS OF THE ISCO NEWSLETTER

This week we have extended the Newsletter mailing list to include attendees at the recent ISCO Forum who expressed interest in ISCO and its weekly newsletter. Other new readers this week include participants in the recent oil pollution response workshop held at Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Please enjoy this free trial of our newsletter.

We hope you will find the publication interesting and useful. We welcome you to a readership that reaches out to ISCO members and readers in more than 54 countries.

Previous issues 449 and 450 both contain reports and photos relating to the Forum.  You can view these by clicking on  http://www.spillcontrol.org/2013-02-05-11-11-41/2013-02-05-11-26-54 and downloading the relevant issues.

I very much hope that you will want to become members of ISCO. You can see all of the membership options at http://www.spillcontrol.org/2013-02-05-10-50-47/classes-of-members

You can look at the benefits of joining ISCO at http://www.spillcontrol.org/2013-02-05-10-50-47/benefits

You can download a joining form at http://www.spillcontrol.org/2013-02-05-10-50-47/membership-application

A MESSAGE FOR ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN ISCO'S FORUM 2014

The Forum presented a cross section of professionals representing the multi disciplines addressing the issues of spill response to potentially sinking oils. Thank you for your participation and support to help us meet the goal of providing a platform to discuss these important developments in our industry.

We would like to encourage you to give your comments or feedback on any of the issues raised in the presentations or on the Forum in general. Feedback on the Forum will be used to help us evaluate the effectiveness of the Forum and guidance to make future events even better. Please take a moment and share your thoughts.

ISCO Membership is available and we encourage you to look at the value that the Organization offers to professionals. Sign up now at: www.spillcontrol.org/2013-02-05-10-50-47/subscriptions

ISCO, in its 30th anniversary, is proud to have provided a link between International Government agencies, Industry, the Scientific Community, Research and Development and Spill Responders to the issues of today and the trends leading to the future.

We publish a weekly Newsletter which compiles for you a comprehensive look at current news in the environment. This will save readers up to 10 hours a week of scanning, browsing and searching for all the news that matters and puts it in your inbox every week.

We facilitate the collective voice of our members concerns addressing regulation and best practices in our industry.

Our members are a dynamic network of resources to each other and a link to the environmental needs of the world.

The Forum is an example of the ISCO commitment bringing the issues to the professionals and it is our intent to continue to do so with your participation and support. Thank you! 

FORTY YEARS AGO - THE METULA INCIDENT - LESSONS LEARNED

Exactly 40 years ago, on 25th September 1974 the grounded VLCC Metula was refloated after spilling more than 53.000 tons of oil.

The story will be recounted in a mini-serial by Carlos Sagrera MISCO starting in ISCO Newsletter 451.

Carlos Sagrera is a MISCO member and has specialised in prevention and control of onshore and offshore spills in Latin America for 20 years. He is a retired LCDR (Uruguayan Navy, 1992) and graduated from the Chilean Naval Polytechnic Academy (1978

NEW GUIDELINES FOR MONITORING & IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN UK WATERS

One of the core objectives of the Premiam (Pollution Response in Emergencies: Marine Impact Assessment and Monitoring) initiative is to promote the application of best practice in science and management to post-spill environmental monitoring.

One important way through which this is achieved is the publication of relevant guidelines to facilitate those responsible authorities in the planning and implementation of monitoring programmes.

Therefore the Premiam group is pleased to announce the publication of the ' Guidelines for the Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment Associated with Subsea Oil Releases and Dispersant Use in UK Waters' which, as a result of government and industry focus after the Deepwater Horizon incident, was seen as a priority to have in place. Also published are a number of supplementary short Technical Guideline documents which provide more detail for specific techniques and approaches referred to in the core guidelines. This document has been primarily developed by marine monitoring experts at Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) in consultation with the Premiam partner organisations, including Marine Scotland. The development of the guideline was funded by Oil & Gas UK as part of activities associated with their Oil Spill Response Forum.

If you would like to know anything more about the Premiam initiative and its objectives please visit www.cefas.defra.gov.uk/premiam or contact Mark Kirby (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

A STEP TOWARDS IMPLEMENTING UNEP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NIGERIA ?

September 16 - The Federal Government of Nigeria is setting in motion new efforts to address long-term oil pollution in Ogoniland, Nigeria. The move by Nigeria's Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to convene a multi-stakeholder workshop on the implementation of the UN Environment Programme's 2011 assessment of Ogoniland marks an important step towards the large-scale clean-up of the region.

The workshop in Abuja today will discuss the measures needed to implement the recommendations outlined in the 2011 UNEP report entitled, "Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland". Participants from civil society, Ogoni communities, government, academia and the oil industry will attend the workshop. The day-long meeting will be held under the leadership of the Federal Government of Nigeria, with Mr. Erik Solheim, chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, chairing the sessions.

Mr. Solheim has, since early 2013, served as a UNEP Special Envoy for Ogoniland, conducting and coordinating high-level political talks related to the planned environmental clean-up in Ogoniland. Since the release of the Assessment in 2011, UNEP has expressed its readiness to support restoration efforts and commends the latest efforts by the Federal Government to put the necessary procedures in place for a large-scale clean-up and restoration of the region.   The UNEP report, conducted at the request of the Federal Government of Nigeria, was a detailed scientific assessment of environmental contamination in Ogoniland from over 50 years of oil operations in the region. The results from soil, ground water, remote sensing and public health studies showed that pollution was extensive, with widespread contamination of drinking water, land, creeks and vital ecosystems. UNEP welcomes this positive development in Ogoniland after years of pollution. Environmental restoration will require coordinated action from oil companies, community and the government. UNEP remains ready and available to support stakeholders in making Ogoniland a cleaner and safer place for all  The 2011 report outlined immediate remedial actions needed as well as a series of recommendations for a large-scale clean-up of the region. Analysis indicated that while contaminated areas could be cleaned up within 5 years, catalyzing a sustainable recovery of Ogoniland could take 25 to 30 years The Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland report is available online at: www.unep.org/nigeria

AERIAL SURVEILLANCE REDUCES ILLEGAL DISCHARGES IN BALTIC SEA

September 10 - HELCOM's international aerial surveillance operation over the Northern Baltic Sea ended today at 17:00 (CET +2hrs), completed despite thick fog at night time, 27 hours after the start. This year's Coordinated Extended Pollution Control Operation (CEPCO North) was organized by the Estonian Police and Border Guard and no oil spills or other discharges from ships were detected.

"The operation involved four specially equipped aircraft from four countries - Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden. More support was provided by three participating vessels as well as through satellite surveillance from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).  The weather conditions had a major effect to the operation due to unpredictable fog, but nevertheless the overall cooperation went smoothly", says Priit Pajusaar, CEPCO North 2014 coordinator and Police Captain from Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.

Such high-intensity operations supplement the regular aerial control operations in the region which aim at creating a realistic picture of the level of compliance to the anti-pollution regulations in the Baltic area. The purpose is also to gather evidence of infringements and, if possible, to catch polluters red handed.   "Pollution surveillance has a substantial preventive effect on the illegal oil discharges. All HELCOM states should ensure sufficient support and funds for surveillance, in order to respect the HELCOM precautionary principle as well as the commitments of the Helsinki Convention through regular pollution control. Moreover, the persistent efforts of the HELCOM Response Group deserve credit for the decreasing trend not only in the number of oil discharges in the Baltic, but also in their volume," says Harry Liiv, Chair of HELCOM. Since the timing of the HELCOM CEPCOs is randomly selected, the operation is intense and strictly confidential until the entire operation is over, it reflects the realistic situation of discharges in the Baltic Sea.

CEPCO operations have several objectives, such as to survey continuously high density traffic areas with a high risk of illegal discharges; identify and catch the polluters; practise communication between aircraft, patrol vessels and the Command Centres involved; improve cooperation between countries; and exchange experiences between crews.

Read more in ISCO Newsletter 449

EXHIBITORS AT INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON GROUP V OILS

 

Exhibitor spaces at the upcoming Forum on Group V (Non-buoyant) Oils are being taken up quickly.

You can find out more about exhibiting at the Forum by visiting http://www.spillcontrol.org/exhibitors  or by contacting Mike Rancilio at +1 844-393-6333 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A few Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Michael Rancilio at +1 844-393-6333 or +1 248-914-3915 cell or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A partial list of exhibitors has been uploaded, as the available spaces are taken up, new exhibitors will be added to the list.

 

NEW SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR INTERNATIONAL FORUM

ISCO is delighted to announce three new speakers at the upcoming Forum -

ITOPF - Dr Rebecca Coward (Technical Advisor, ITOPF) will deliver a paper on ITOPF's experience of pollution incidents involving high density oils.

UNH - Nancy Kinner, PhD (UNH, Director of the Coastal Response Research Center) will speak on the Effects of Water Velocity and Temperature on Behavior of Sunken Bitumen.

PHSMA - Rob Benedict, Acting Senior Regulations Officer, Standards and Rulemaking Division (PHH-10), Standards and Rulemaking Division, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety oversees the transport of Hazardous materials by highway, vessel, rail and air.  On August 1, 2014 PHMSA will be publishing an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that seeks comment on the current Oil Spill Response Plans applicable to rail transport, as well to provide an overview of the pipeline aspects. Mr. Benedict  will provide presentation that will summarize the current plan requirements, recent events leading to this ANPRM and an overview of the Rule. 

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.