ISCO WELCOMES YET MORE MEMBERS

Only two weeks ago we welcomed four new members (see Newsletter 389 of 17 June) but since then another five new members have joined ISCO.   We are pleased to welcome –

New Corporate Members • Markleen Ltd. - an international engineering and manufacturing group of companies dedicated to oil spill response. • ASCC – the Netherlands-based independent consultancy firm specialised in the field of oil and chemical spill response on inland waters, coastline and at sea.

New Individual Members • Mr Thiago Rocha, Mr Lenilson Macedo and Mr Helvio Aventurato – all based in Brazil and on the staff of ISCO Corporate Member, Alpina Briggs Defesa Ambiental S/A. 

NEW ISCO AWARDS & MEMBERS

NEW AWARDS OF PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION, OTHER NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED

New Fellow (FISCO) - Mark Francis (Brazil)

New Member (MISCO) - Mark R. Murphy, Conesta-Rovers & Associates (USA)

New Corporate Members - Sie Econad (Ukraine);  Oil Response Company of Australia

New Individual Member Prof. Albert V. Condello III CHMM

A number of new applicants have submitted applications for Professional Recognition. Submitted documentation is currently being evaluated by the Membership Committee and awards will announced later.

OSRW BEIJING IS ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY

REMINDER – ISCO AT OIL SPILL WORKSHOP IN BEIJING ONLY A WEEK AWAY

There is an amazing 30% discount on registration cost for ISCO members and Member of the ISCO Executive Committee, Mr Li Guobin will be on the Sunic Ocean booth to answer your questions and give you information about ISCO. We are hoping to strengthen ISCO’s presence and number of members in China!

ISCO & BRIGGS AT CASPIAN OIL EXHIBITION

ISCO & BRIGGS ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES ATTEND CASPIAN OIL AND GAS EXHIBITION BAKU AZERBAIJAN JUNE 2013

Baku 2013

In the picture: Neil Marson MISCO (left) with Captain Bill Boyle, MNI, FISCO (right) At Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition Baku Azerbaijan June 2013 ISCO

ISCO was represented by Captain Bill Boyle, MNI, FISCO, Member of the ISCO Executive Committee. Captain Boyle is General Manager of ISCO Corporate Member, Briggs Environmental Services, and is responsible for day-to-day national and international operations, liaising with clients and government agencies, national and international.

It was announced at the event that Mr Neil Marson, MISCO, has been appointed Briggs Environmental Services In-Country Manager in Baku Azerbaijan.  Neil, joined Briggs Environmental Services in 2009 as Senior Consultant after a long career with HM Coastguard and then as an independent consultant to the oil industry.

 Neil took up his new position with BESL on the 1st of June 2013.

30% DISCOUNT FOR ISCO MEMBERS AT OSRW 2013

ISCO AT OIL SPILL RESPONSE WORKSHOP IN BEIJING AND A 30% DISCOUNT ON THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR ISCO MEMBERS

ISCO will be represented by Mr Lee Guobin, Member of the ISCO Executive Committee.  Visitors attending the Workshop should get in touch with Lee Guobin at the event to find out more about ISCO and hear about the advantages of becoming a member of ISCO.

SHOULD ISCO NEWSLETTER BE RESTRICTED TO MEMBERS?

SHOULD READERSHIP OF THE ISCO NEWSLETTER BE RESTRICTED TO FEE-PAYING MEMBERS ?

As announced in last week’s ISCO News, the Executive Committee is considering how to increase funds needed for running the organisation and moving forward with its work programme.  With the cost of membership remaing very low (for example. individual membership is still only £65/year), it has been proposed that readers of the ISCO Newsletter who are not members should be asked  to give their support by becoming members if they want to continue to receive the free newsletter.

The Executive Committee has asked members of the ISCO Council (National Representatives) for comments on the proposal and several responses have already been received -

ISCO TO ADDRESS INCREASING MEMBERSHIP AND FUNDING

ISCO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS INCREASING ISCO MEMBERSHIP AND IMPROVING FUNDING FOR THE WORK OF THE ORGANIZATION

On behalf of the Executive Committee the President and Secretary have written to Members of the ISCO Council requesting views on steps to be taken to increase membership revenue in order to increase funds available for running the organisation and moving forward with its work programme.

MATERIAL NEEDED FOR REVISED IMO MODEL TRAINING COURSES

MORE PHOTOS, GRAPHICS AND VIDEO MATERIAL NEEDED FOR DEVELOPMENT OF REVISED IMO MODEL TRAINING COURSES

Members are asked to assist – Patricia Charlebois writes – “Further to the discussion at TG 15, reference had been made to specific photo and video requirements to support the development of the OPRC model courses.  In this regard, please find the list identifying the requirement.  Any assistance that you can provide the Secretariat in this regard would be highly appreciated.  Thanks to those who have already shared photos and videos with us”.  Here is a list of items needed to fill gaps -  

 

KNOWLEDGE-BASED RESPONSE PLANNING (OPRC-HNS/TG15/INF)

Dr Douglas Cormack, Hon.FISCO, comments on the ISCO paper presented at the recent IMO TG15 meeting.

Readers will recall that ISCO was authorised by MEPC 59 to report its progress towards knowledge-only response planning to the OPRC-HNS/TG.  The reasons for having done so over TG 10-15 were that the knowledge-base itself was being serialised in the ISCO Newsletter; that this timescale would provide member states with multiple opportunities to update the knowledge-base and for NGOs to disown beliefs already refuted by it or to reality-evaluate remaining beliefs to positive/negative knowledge; and that such voluntary response would obviate the need otherwise to invite them formally to do so before finalising the knowledge-only plans.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ISCO NEWSLETTER

It’s your Newsletter and we very much appreciate receiving your contributions.  When scanning the internet for news and articles that will be of interest to our members it is particularly difficult to find English language items for publication from non-English-speaking countries and this creates a geographical imbalance in the content of the Newsletter. You can help correct this by sending in news from your part of the world.

We also very much appreciate receiving feedback on the quality and content of the Newsletter. Your suggestions on ways that the Newsletter might be improved are always welcomed.

You can contact the Editor by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ADRIASPILLCON 2013 IN CROATIA

We very much regret that it was not possible for the ISCO Secretariat to have a presence at this event but ISCO’s Member of Council for Croatia, Mr Darko Domovic  MSc will be present and attendees who are interested in finding out more about ISCO or applying for membership should make a point of making contact with him.

Darko is Technical Advisor to the Oil Spill Education Centre in Croatia and has been very much involved in the organisation of Adriaspillcon. ISCO sends its best wishes for the success of the event and very much hopes to have a presence next time.

ISCO AT ASRIASPILLCON 2013 IN CROATIA

We very much regret that it was not possible for the ISCO Secretariat to have a presence at this event but ISCO’s Member of Council for Croatia, Mr Darko Domovic  MSc will be present and attendees who are interested in finding out more about ISCO or applying for membership should make a point of making contact with him.

Darko is Technical Advisor to the Oil Spill Education Centre in Croatia and has been very much involved in the organisation of Adriaspillcon. ISCO sends its best wishes for the success of the event and very much hopes to have a presence next time.

IMO OPRC-HNS TECHNICAL GROUP MEETING HELD LAST WEEK

IMO OPRC-HNS TECHNICAL GROUP MEETING HELD LAST WEEK

The ISCO Delegation to the TG15 meeting consisted in David Usher Hon.FISCO, President of ISCO, John McMurtrie MA FEI Hon.FISCO, ISCO Secretary and Dr Douglas Cormack Hon.FISCO.

The meeting was opened by Mr Dandu Pughiuc, Senior Deputy Director, Marine Environment Division and chaired by Mr Alexander von Buxhoeveden of Sweden. Delegations from 22 nations and representatives from EC, IOPC Funds, IMarEST, Intertanko, OGP, IPIECA, ISCO, ITOPF, OCIMF, WNTI and RAC/REMPEITC-CARIB attended the meeting.

Matters worked upon by the group included the IMO Dispersant Guidelines, Oil Spill Response in ice and snow conditions, Guidelines on international offers of assistance, Guidance on safe operation of oil spill combatting equipment, Review and updating of the OPRC Model training courses, Collation of data on incidents involving HNS, including lessons learnt, and a review of web content and inventory of information on oil and HNS preparedness and response. The Group also worked on the assessment of High Priority Items for future work relating to Contingency Planning for HNS incidents and for offshore units, sea ports and oil handling facilities.

AZERBAIJAN: 20TH INTERNATIONAL CASPIAN OIL & GAS EXHIBITION

AZERBAIJAN: 20TH INTERNATIONAL CASPIAN OIL & GAS EXHIBITION

ISCO Corporate Member, Briggs Environmental Services (BESL), who own and operate a major oil spill response base at Baku, will have a stand in the exhibition area. Captain Bill Boyle, MNI, Hon.FISCO, General Manager of BESL and Member of the Executive Committee will be present. Also attending the event will be Namig Gandilov, Emergency Response Advisor to BP and Member of ISCO Council representing Azerbaijan. Visitors who would like to know more about ISCO or find out how to become a member should make a point of looking out for Bill or Namig.   

ISCO DELEGATIONS TO UPCOMING IMO MEETINGS

 

ISCO DELEGATIONS TO UPCOMING IMO MEETINGS

The next meeting of the IMO OPRC-HNS Technical Group (TG15) runs from Tuesday 7th May through to Friday 10th May 2013. ISCO will be represented by David Usher Hon.FISCO (President), John McMurtrie Hon.FISCO (Secretary) and Dr Douglas Cormack Hon.FISCO.

The next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 65) runs from Monday 13th May through to Fiiday 17th May 2013.  ISCO will be represented by Dr Douglas Cormack Hon.FISCO.

At TG 15, the Agenda includes development of the International Offers of Assistance project (including the International Resource Inventory project to which ISCO has been an active contributor) and an ISCO paper on the development of improved knowledge-based contingency plans for response to marine incidents involving oil and HNS spills.

GAIN PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION AND BOOST YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS

 

GAIN PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION AND BOOST YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS

ISCO offers Professional Recognition in a profession that traditionally has not required high academic attainment but rather intuition, experience and skills only found by being on the job rather than only from a class room. ISCO has decided to do something about it for the thousands of spill response professionals globally active who until now have not had the opportunity to show their skills and professionalism in a comparable light to lawyers, accountants and engineers.

Follow the example of others who have already won professional recognition and gained the professional qualifications – AMISCO, MISCO or FISCO.

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) .

All who have the relevant qualifications and the required level of experience can apply for Professional Membership of ISCO.

The organization offers independent validation and integrity. Each grade of membership reflects an individual’s professional training, experience and qualifications. Academic qualifications are not a requirement if applicants can demonstrate the necessary levels of competence through their experience, skills and professional development.

  You can learn more about Professional Membership if you visit the ISCO website at http://www.spillcontrol.org    You can find more about the assessment criteria, code of conduct and other matters, and download an application form. Select Membership on the menu on the left hand side of the page, then go to Professional. You should also look at the page Classes of Membership  Applications will be assessed by the Membership Standards Committee upon payment of a non-refundable Assessment Fee (see under Subscriptions )

REPORT: ISCO AGM AT SPILLCON IN CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

ISCO AGM AT SPILLCON IN CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

The meeting was held on Wednesday 10th April 2013. Those present included John Wardrop (Member of ISCO Council for Australia), Dr Merv Fingas (Member of ISCO Council for Canada), Steve Reilly (representing Corporate Member, Lamor Corp.), Brian Johnston (representing Corporate Member, Rutter Inc.), John Brinkman (representing Corporate Member, Imbibitive Technologies America Inc.), Saskia Sessions and Paul Kelway (representing Corporate Member, Sea Alarm Foundation), Ben Cropley, Narelle Warde, Ray Lipscombe and Marie Tenneys (representing Corporate Member, Oil Response Company of Australia Pty. Ltd.), Dennis Brand and Eric Shelley (representing Titan Salvage and ISCO Corporate Member, Marine Response Alliance). Guests included Khalid Al Dossary and Saleh Zahrani (Saudi Aramco) and John Elliot.

ISCO President, David Usher Hon.FISCO chaired the meeting and was assisted by ISCO Membership Director, Mary Ann Dalgleish.

Our guest speaker. John Wardrop (Member of ISCO Council for Australia) gave an excellent speech introducing the recently formed Australian Spill Control Association (ASCA). This is a professional association for Australia-based practitioners involved in all aspects of oil and HNS spill response.

Following the business part of the meeting members and guests relaxed over drinks and participated in informal discussions covering a wide range of topics including aspects of the DWH spill in the Gulf of Mexico and ISCO’s contributions to the OPRC-HNS Technical Group meetings at IMO in London.  [Thanks to Mary Ann Dalgleish for providing this summary report]

The minutes of the business meeting will be circulated to all members in the near future.

ISCO’S 2013 AGM HELD DURING SPILLCON CONFERENCE IN AUSTRALIA

ISCO’S 2013 AGM HELD DURING SPILLCON CONFERENCE IN AUSTRALIA

ISCO Membership Director, Mary Ann Dalgleish has written to say that the meeting was well attended with a particularly good representation from our Australian members. Other who attended included representatives from USA, Canada, UK, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The meeting was chaired by ISCO President, David Usher Hon.FISCO and the Guest Speaker was Mr John Wardrop, Member of ISCO Council for Australia.

ISCO - NEW MEMBERS

ISCO WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

During the last three months ISCO has welcomed the following new members….

  Kaku Professional Engineers Ltd. Nick Bailey MISCO Stephen Guy MISCO Tony Harmer MISCO Nelson A. Sunday AMISCO ERE Response International Ltd. Aqua-Guard Spill Response Inc. NorLense, Norway Rutter Inc. CEDRE, France SEER Associates Pty. Ltd. Simon Valentine FISCO  

ISCO now has members in 45 countries

REMINDER – ISCO AGM

 

REMINDER – ISCO AGM

If you’re attending Spillcon, don’t  forget to come along to the ISCO AGM on Wednesday 10th April. It is in Conference Room 1 on the mezzanine level of the conference centre.  Refreshments from 5.00 pm and the meeting expected to start about 5.20 pm or as soon as members and guests are assembled.

Our guest speaker is John Wardrop. Member of ISCO Council for Australia. During the past year he has been involved in establishing ASCA – The Australian Spill Control Association. During 2012, Australia also saw the formation of AA – The AusSpill Association, which has a focus on equipment and materials for spill response. You will have the opportunity to meet key members of both associations.

ISCO’s President, David Usher and Membership Director, Mary Ann Dalgleish will both be present.

It promises to be an interesting and enjoyable meeting where you will meet friends and others who share your interests.

ISCO MEMBER IN INDIA IS SEEKING MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS WITH OVERSEAS PARTNERS

ISCO MEMBER IN INDIA IS SEEKING MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS WITH OVERSEAS PARTNERS

Captain D. C. Sekhar, Member of ISCO Council for India and MD of AlphaMERS, writes “Bangalore based OSR company AlphaMERS reported a satisfactory growth curve and is in process of diversification. Besides its original activity of oil spill response, it already has activities in design innovation and assessments of offshore renewable energy. The company also carries out marine environment impact assessment studies (Marine EIAs). 

The company is now embarking in backward integration of its OSR activities. It is setting up its own production facilities to manufacture OSR equipment, and is expanding its manpower strength.  The company plans to stockpile a significant OSR inventory in India within a year. The technical director Mr.Ramesh Rao, a veteran class surveyor and a marine chief engineer himself, said the company is well poised to manufacture OSR equipment, given its innovation profile and experience in quality processes and standards.  He said the company was scouting for overseas OSR companies to sign up mutual aid agreements”

You can contact Captain Sekhar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.http://www.alphamers.com

ISCO AGM AT SPILLCON IN CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

ISCO AGM AT SPILLCON IN CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

ISCO’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 10th April at the Cairns Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia.

As both the Conference and the Exhibition close at 5 pm on this day, it will be convenient for members to proceed directly to the meeting.

Members and guests are invited to join David Usher and Mary Ann Dalgleish for cocktails from 5 pm onwards and the meeting is expected to start about 5.20 pm or as soon members and guests are assembled. The meeting should end quite early, about 7 pm, giving you plenty time to join friends at other evening events.

At time of writing, details of the meeting room allocated for the meeting are awaited but, as soon as received, an email with this information will be sent to members.

Our guest speaker will be Mr John Wardrop, the Member of ISCO Council representing Australia. During the past year he has been involved in establishing ASCA – The Australian Spill Control Association. During 2012, Australia also saw the formation of AA – The AusSpill Association, which has a focus on equipment and materials for spill response. You will have the opportunity to meet key members of both associations.

ISCO’s President, David Usher and Membership Director, Mary Ann Dalgleish will both be present. Unfortunately ISCO was unable to secure a booth in the Exhibition Area, but David and Mary Ann will be circulating and hoping to meet as many members as possible.

To help gauge the numbers attending the AGM and ensure adequacy of seating arrangements and catering provision, please drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to advise if you will be coming.

The Agenda and Meeting Papers have been sent out to all members. If you did not receive these, please advise the Secretary.

Papers will not be distributed at the AGM so, if you wish to refer to them during the meeting, you should print out copies. A Proxy Form is included for the convenience of members who are unable to attend.

It promises to be an interesting and enjoyable meeting and it is hoped that there will be good attendance of members.

ISCO AGM AT SPILLCON CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION IN CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

ISCO AGM AT SPILLCON CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION IN CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Further to the earlier announcement in Issue 374 of this Newsletter, it can now be reconfirmed that the 2013 AGM will take place during Spillcon at Cairns in Queensland.  Your Secretary encountered some problems that delayed finalisation of the meeting arrangements and, because of this, the meeting room location, time and date cannot yet be confirmed.

ISCO’s President, David Usher Hon. FISCO, will be chairing the meeting. Membership Secretary, Mary Ann Dalgleish will be attending, also John Wardrop, Member of ISCO Council for Australia and Dr Merv Fingas, Member of ISCO Council for Canada.

They look forward to meeting members in Australia and others who will be at the Spillcon 2013 Conference and Exhibition.

Non-members will be welcome to join the meeting, so please feel free to bring friends and colleagues along.

Members will receive advice on this, together with the Agenda and other meeting papers by email within the next few days.  More detailed information will also be given in the next issue of the ISCO Newsletter.