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.

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.