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.

WELCOME TO THE NEW ISCO WEBSITE

The work of creating the new website has taken much longer than expected and some areas are still under construction.  It’s a big improvement on the old site which, after eight years, really was in dire need of renewal.  We hope you will like the new website and find it easier to use. The address of the new website is the same as before – http://www.spillcontrol.org

If you have bookmarked the site address please make sure you go to www.spillontrol.org and not www.spillcontrol.org/Joomla   Areas still under construction include the Members’ Area and the Events Pages.  Some data, transferred from the old site still has to be revised and updated.

Because it’s a completely new site you will not be able to immediately use the log in facility.  Members will first have to re-register using the facility provided.

Follow this link to compete the sign up form and submit it - http://www.spillcontrol.org/index.php/joomla-pages-ii/user-registration

You will receive an email asking you to verify who you are (if you don't receive it immediately after filling in the form, please check your spam folder)

If your subscription is up-to-date, the administrator will authorise your account, allowing you to use the log in facility.   We hope to be able to complete work on the Members’ Area and Events Pages soon but, for the moment, these sections of the website are not accessible.

The reconstructed Members’ Area will have new features and more information will be released soon in the Newsletter’s ISCO News.

REQUEST FROM THE EDITOR OF THE ISCO NEWSLETTER

One of ISCO’s primary objectives is to disseminate knowledge that will help members to develop their capabilities and knowledge in oil and HNS spill response, both inland and marine.
We do this by publishing technical articles – such as serialised contributions written by acknowledged experts including Dr Douglas Cormack, Hon. FISCO, Dr Merv Fingas (Member of ISCO Council for Canada) and Mr Mark Francis (ISCO Member and Independent Oil Spill Response Consultant). Feedback from readers indicates that these articles are well received. 
Another article, “Anatomy of An Oil Spill”, which gave a blow by blow account of the response to a heavy oil spill at a remote highland distillery in Scotland, was deemed so useful by ISCO Member, Brian O’Connor of the Canberra and Regions Oil Industry Emergency Response Group (CROIERG) that he reprinted it as a booklet for internal training purposes.
I feel sure that amongst our members there must be many who have useful experience they could pass on to others. I am particularly interested in receiving case histories in which challenging response situations have been encountered and problems have been resolved by innovative applications of knowledge and experience.
One of the problems faced by many response organisations is the loss of hard-won know-how as their most experienced people reach retirement age. Much of this knowledge and experience gained over a lifetime simply isn’t available in text books and needs to be passed on to a younger generation before being lost for ever.
As Editor, I would be delighted to receive and print contributions that describe how problems were overcome, the innovative answers that were developed and how they were implemented.  Submissions don’t have to be in perfect English – it’s not a problem to edit grammar and spelling.
If you would like to help in this effort, please write to John McMurtrie, Balbithan House, Kintore, Aberdeenshire UK AB51 0UQ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REAR ADMIRAL MICHAEL STACEY, CB, FNI, FBIM, Hon.FISCO 1924-2013

M. L. StaceyYour editor was saddened to hear from Hugo Stacey that his father had died peacefully at the Pax Hill Nursing Home, Bentley, on 15 July 2013.

Michael Stacey was a longstanding personal friend, a Member of the ISCO Executive Committee and a stalwart supporter of the organisation since it was first established in 1984.

Born in 1924 in Wimbledon, educated at Epsom College, he joined the Royal Navy at Dartmouth in 1942 as a seamen officer. He commanded various HM ships at home and abroad and retired as Flag officer, Gibraltar 1980.

Thereafter he was recruited to serve in the Department of Transport to establish and run, for eight years, the Marine Pollution Control Unit which was responsible for providing the national response to marine oil spills which threatened the UK.

During this time he also ran HM Coastguard for five years and was the President of the Bonn Agreement and Chairman of the UK Search and Rescue Committee.

He was a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Freeman of the City of London, a member of the Honourable Company of Shipwrights, and a Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

At the working level he was advisor to RVL Group, an aviation company at Coventry specialising in oil spill operations, advisor to OSRL/EARL, the major industry response organisation based at Southampton, and a former chairman of the British Oil Spill Control Association (BOSCA).

In support of his favourite charity he was a Life Vice President of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

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.