Dear Member of ISCO,


Time just seems to fly past and I just realised that it is less than 11 weeks before our next AGM in Marseille at Interspill. For your diary, the AGM will be on Wednesday 13th May at 1500 hrs. in the Salle Ratonneau, which is on the 3rd floor of the Parc Chanot venue. I shall send out the Agenda and other papers as soon as I can.


Since I last wrote to you at the end of 2008 ISCO has welcomed the following new members –


UK Spill Association (the successor to BOSCA)

Mauricio Padilha (Individual Member, Brazil)

Seacor Environmental Services Middle East Ltd. (Abu Dhabi)

Marco Formicola (Individual Member, Brazil)


At the 8th Meeting of the IMO OPRC-HNS Technical Group, ISCO agreed to assist IMO in collating members’ experiences in dealing with sub-sea oil recovery. The information is needed to help in the development of IMO Technical Guidelines on Sunken Oil Assessment and Removal Techniques.

ISCO also agreed to assist in an IMO initiative to gather information about experience gained and lessons learned in regard to response to Marine HNS Incident Response – both actual incidents and near-misses. Rear Admiral Stacey is collating information received from members and, as a reminder, I have attached his letter sent to you last November.


The response to appeals for information has not been good and I’m becoming very concerned.


The next meeting of the Technical Group is on July 6-10 and the deadline for submission of documents is in the second week of May.


ISCO worked hard to gain Consultative Status at IMO and in order to maintain this privilege we do need to make a positive contribution. I know you’re busy people and I know that some of may find it difficult to write reports – please don’t worry – I shall be happy to edit as necessary. I urge you to send an email. In addition to helping ISCO you will be doing yourself a favour – your contribution will figure in subsequent reports and publications. Governments and other entities will be informed on who has the relevant knowledge and experience.


Kind regards







ISCO is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Anne Dalgleish as Membership Secretary. In this capacity Mary Anne will be helping ISCO build its international membership, also taking care of membership records and the invoicing of membership renewals.


Currently, ISCO has members in 33 countries. Membership of ISCO open to all professionals, companies and organisations involved in Spill Control and related disciplines.  ISCO’s mission is to raise worldwide preparedness and co-operation in response to oil and chemical spills, to promote technical development and professional competency, and to provide a focus for making the knowledge and experience of spill control professionals available to IMO, UNEP and other organizations. You are invited to apply for membership.



ISCO is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Dan Silberman as Website Events Pages Secretary. Dan is already working to update the current listings of forthcoming conferences, exhibitions, and scheduled training courses for Oil and Chemical Spill Response, and for Homeland Defence / CBRN Incident Response. There is some catch-up work to get these pages fully up-to-date again but good progress is being made. Events organisers and providers of scheduled training courses can now send information for uploading on the site to Dan directly at[email protected]

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