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.

INFO URGENTLY NEEDED BY IMO: MARINE HNS INCIDENTS - JUNE 2012 TO OCTOBER 201

INFO URGENTLY NEEDED BY IMO:  MARINE HNS INCIDENTS - JUNE 2012 TO OCTOBER 2012

For an ongoing HNS work project IMO has already compiled information on incidents during this period involving the following vessels – Stena Scandinavica, Synthersis III, MSC Flaminia, Maersk Kinloss, Bunga Alpinia, Almanora, Oratank, Selat Madura, Wan Dong Fan.

If you can provide information on any other marine HNS incidents or near misses that occurred between June and October last year please send to Patricia Charlebois of IMO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Thursday 21 March 2013. Info needed: Date, Incident Location, Name of Vessel, Pollution Caused, Cargo, Bulk or Packaged, and brief description of the incident.

MISSING FORMULAE ON ISCO WEBSITE “USEFUL DOWNLOADS” PAGE

MISSING FORMULAE ON ISCO WEBSITE “USEFUL DOWNLOADS” PAGE

ISCO has been alerted that the links for downloading the following formulae from the website are currently not functioning –

• Boom Deployment Calculator (A tool that performs the calculations required for the effective deployment of containment booms). • Conversion Calculator (A powerful conversion tool with responder specific categories, such as Volume to Weight and Application Rates, in addition to hundreds of standard units). • Oil on Water Quantification Calculator (a user friendly interactive program that can calculate oil volume on the sea surface). • Oil on Water Trajectory Calculator (a user friendly interactive program that performs the calculations required to predict the movement of oil on the sea surface) • Amount of Product in Soil Calculator • Pipeline Volume Calculator

The links for downloading these formulae relied on third party sites which unfortunately appear to be no longer operational. Help from members and readers in replacing availability on the ISCO website of these useful formulae would be very much appreciated. If you can assist, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OILSPILL CONFERENCE NIGERIA

MESSAGE FROM ISCO MEMBER

Dear Esteemed Members of ISCO,

Kaku Professional Engineers Limited, Nigeria in collaboration with Texas A & M University National Spill Control School, Corpus Christi,Texas, USA cordially invites all the members of ISCO to attend our 2nd Oil Spill Conference holding in Accra, Ghana in June 12-14, 2013 to deliberate interactively and holistically on how to solve myriads of oil spill problems that have led to severe environmental degradation with its concomitant destruction of land,fishing industry ,marine life and threat to safety and health of the people living in the oil producing areas of Nigeria.

IMO OPRC-HNS TECHNICAL GROUP -CHANGE OF MEETING DATE

The following message was received from Patricia Charlebois on Thursday 31 January –
 “The Secretariat wishes to inform you that the dates of the fifteenth session of the OPRC-HNS Technical Group, which had originally been scheduled from 6 to 10 May 2013, have been modified in consultation with the Chairman, due to the fact that Monday, 6 May 2013 is bank holiday in the United Kingdom.
In this regard, the Secretariat has issued a corrigendum to Circular Letter 3323, which is enclosed in this email, providing information on the new dates of the fifteenth session of the OPRC-HNS Technical Group, which will be now held from Tuesday, 7 May to Friday, 10  May 2013.
Since the next session of the meeting will be one day shorter than the one originally scheduled, the Secretariat has issued a revision of the Annotations to the Provisional agenda and provisional Timetable, which you can find also enclosed in this correspondence. We will not amend the provisional agenda, as the only change would be to the start date of the meeting”.

REBUILDING THE ISCO WEBSITE - NEW FEATURES BEING INTRODUCED

REBUILDING THE ISCO WEBSITE – NEW FEATURES BEING INTRODUCED

After about eight years the software programme used in the ISCO website is creaking at the seams and in desperate need of overhaul. Work on rebuilding the site has begun and is progressing “behind the scenes”. The new website won’t be “switched on” for about two weeks and, even after the switchover, some work will be continuing. Enhanced functionality will make many improvements possible. Some details may be subject to change as the task progresses, but I can give you a preview of some of the new features.

ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES OF PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

 

The design work on the new certificates is taking rather longer than expected. We apologise to recipients of awards for the delay in sending out the new certificates. We believe the new certificates will be very special and prestigious – something you will be proud to frame and hang on the wall.

ISCO President, David Usher, is taking a strong personal interest and has commissioned the same designer that he uses to produce the record sleeves for his company, Red Anchor Productions.

[How many of you knew that amongst his many talents and a lifetime experience in marine pollution control  Dave is a renowned jazz aficionado, long-time friend of the late Dizzy Gillespie, and a much respected record producer].

ISCO AT BEIJING OIL SPILL RESPONSE WORKSHOP

ISCO Member of Council for China, Mr Li Guobin is the General Manager of Sunic-Ocean and strongly believes in  ISCO’s aims and objectives. He is continuing to give his dedicated support to developing ISCO in China.  As a sponsor of the Oil Spill Response Workshop that took place last month, he provided ISCO with exhibition space and ensured that the organisation was properly introduced to delegates attending the event.

NEW MEMBERS AND AWARDS OF PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION (7/1/2013)

This year it will be 30 years since David Usher and John McMurtrie first discussed the formation of ISCO during the International Oil Spill Conference held at San Antonio in Texas in 1983. With the launch of ISCO’s Professional Recognition initiative the Membership Committee has recommended that it would be appropriate to recognise the anniversary of this historic event in the first awards of honorary fellowship of ISCO. It has also been recommended that the unstinting support and active contribution made over many years by Rear Admiral M. L. Stacey CB, Marc Shaye and Dan Sheehan be similarly recognised.  Also, with the introduction of the new classes of ISCO Membership, existing Honorary Members of ISCO have become Honorary Fellows (Hon.FISCO)

 

NEW APPLICATIONS FOR AWARD OF PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION (7/1/2013)

If you missed the 31 December 2012 deadline for inclusion in the first tranche of applications to be assessed by the Membership Standards Committee, please note that the next meeting of the Membership Standards Committee will take place during March,2013 and applications should be received no later than 28 February 2013. Announcement of awards will be made early in April 2013.

 

All of the information about Professional Membership of ISCO can be found on the ISCO website at  http://www.spillcontrol.org 

 

INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS APPLYING FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP (3/12/12)

Please note –

 

• The deadline for receiving completed applications to be included in the first tranche of applications to be assessed is 31/12/12

• The Membership Standards Committee is not expected to complete work on the assessment of these applications before this date.

• You will be advised early in the New Year on the recommendations made by the Membership Standards Committee.

• If any parts of the submitted form are not completed and/or signed where required, and if required attachments are missing, you will be asked to remedy omission/s. This may result in delay in the assessment of your application.

• Prepayment of the required Assessment Fee is required before applications are assessed by the Membership Standards Committee. You can enclose a cheque with your application or pay by credit/debit card using the secure facility on the ISCO website. In order to pay by bank transfer of funds, please contact the ISCO secretary.

 

IMO RRI CORRESPONDENCE GROUP (3/12/12)

In case you haven’t looked at the ISCO RRI pages recently, around 70 categories of equipment / materials have been added to the list  that are being recommended for inclusion in the resource databank in case of a major oil spill at any world location.

 

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE RESOURCE INVENTORY (5/11/12)

“In the midst of a very large oil spill, having the right response equipment at the right time in the right location is crucial. Facility in acquiring essential equipment from one’s own nation is not enough. There needs to be an efficient process to source critical resources worldwide”.

 

NEW MEMBER ELECTED TO ISCO COUNCIL (29/10/12)

Having relocated to the UK, ISCO Executive Committee Member Capt. Bill Boyle MNI has recently stood down as Member of ISCO Council for Brazil.

After consultation with ISCO Members in Brazil, Mr John Cantlie, Operations Manager of Alpina Briggs Defesa Ambiental SA, has been appointed as the new Member of ISCO Council for Brazil with the approval of all the members.

 

We take this opportunity to congratulate John on his appointment.