Management Commitee


David Usher Hon.FISCO (President) Founder of the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA).Co-founder of the International Spill Control Organization (ISCO). Co-founder of the American Salvage Association (ASA) and Member of the Board of Directors of AMC/Intertanko. Has been in the spill response profession for over 45 years. Areas of specialty include emergency offloading of distressed vessels. Early pioneer in placing spill control equipment in vulnerable areas.

Daniel F. Sheehan Hon.FISCO is a registered Professional Engineer and Consultant on national and international maritime safety, security and environmental protection issues, and is involved in these matters at IMO as a member of the delegation for the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Past experience as a member of the Senior Executive Service includes US Coast Guard appointments as Director of Information and Technology; Director, National Pollution Funds Center; and Associate Program Director, Office of Maritime Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection. He was the first chairman of the Interagency Oil Spill Prevention and Response R&D Committee and has extensive international negotiation experience both as head of and serving on delegations to IMO and UNCTAD. He is a distinguished Senior Fellow of the George Mason University’s Critical Infrastructure Project, a graduate of the University of Maryland (BSc Eng.), a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a graduate of George Washington University (MPA). Amongst several other medals and awards, he holds the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive, the highest award in the Federal Civil Service.

John McMurtrie Hon.FISCO is a graduate of Aberdeen University (MA) and a Fellow of the Energy Institute (FEI). He was a Founding Member and is a past Chairman of the British Oil Spill Control Association (BOSCA), which he represented as a member of the Steering Committee for the International Spill Control Organisation (ISCO). He was a co-founder of ISCO and managed the ISCO Secretariat until 2017. He has also served as a member of the Supervisory Board of International Spill Accreditation (ISA), a not-for-profit organisation, initially set up to administer the UK Oil Spill Contractors Accreditation Scheme, now involved in establishing similar schemes in other countries with the overall objective of raising industry standards. For many years he was an on-call consultant to the IMO and the UK government’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). He has had experience of advising governments and industry in oil pollution control matters and has a particular interest in helping organisations to develop and implement cost-effective solutions based on resource and cost sharing between stakeholders. He has been involved in oil pollution control for more than 40 years and has substantial international experience. Currently he is Editor of the ISCO Newsletter.

Marc K. Shaye Hon.FISCO (Legal Counsel to ISCO) is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA) and Wayne State University of Law (JD). His practice is specialised in Environmental Law, Natural Resources, and Occupational Health and Safety. He is a qualified Environmental Assessor and has lectured at MSc level on Hazardous Waste Management, He has served with distinction on numerous committees and bar associations, addressing OPA regulations, ASTM standards, OSRO accreditation, Partnership Action Team development, Homeland Security and many other matters. He has presented papers and has had many articles on environmental law and related matters published in learned journals and conference proceedings. For more than 30 years he was General Counsel and Executive Director of The Spill Control Association of America and was the recipient of the 2000 Howard E. Stanfield Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the Spill Response Industry. Marc Shaye was Legal Counsel to ISCO from 1983 and continues to advise the organisation.

Jean-Claude Sainlos is an environmental lawyer who held the post of “Charge de Mission a la Mission Interministerielle de la Mer” at the office of the Prime Minister, Paris, from October 1978 to June 1986. He entered the UN system in June 1986 as Programme Officer at the Regional Seas Programme of UNEP, in Nairobi, Kenya. He first joined IMO in December 1988 as Director of the IMO/UNEP Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre (REMPEC) for the Mediterranean Sea, based in Malta. In June 1998 Mr Sainlos left Malta to take up duties at IMO Headquarters in London, as Senior Deputy Director of the Sub-Division for Pollution Response and Technical Co-operation Co-oedination, in the Marine Environment Division (MED). He was promoted to Director of MED, a position in which he served from 2004 – 2008.

M. Kerem Kemerli studied Civil Engineering, then graduated with master degrees in both Business Administration and Construction Physics & Materials. He is the founder of the MEKE Academy and the first HNS response company in Turkey, Hydra. He is the CEO of MEKE Group, which is the leading regional response and engineering company for Oil and HNS Spills. He is also a Board Member of TUDAV, the Turkish Marine Research Foundation ( Mr. Kemerli was the first elected Chairman of European Spill Response Organization, EUROSPILL between 2009-2012.  Mr. Kemerli speaks fluently Turkish, French and English. He has authored papers on chemical incident and oil spill response.

Lord Peter Simon Rickaby FISCO, A Chartered Engineer, Freeman of the City of London, Past President (2002/3) and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and an Executive Officer of the Milford Haven Port Authority, Simon was Managing Director of Braemar Howells from 1998 until 2016. With extensive domestic and international spill response experience, (he attended his first international incident in 1978) he has brought this knowledge to bear on the design, installation and implementation of oil pollution counter measures all over the world. He earned a written commendation from the UK Government for his work on the Sea Empress spill in 1996 and the Multitank Ascania in 2000 and recently led National Contingency Plan workshops on behalf of the IMO, establishing Marpol waste reception facilities in Nigeria. He retains a hands-on involvement with all areas of the business, overseeing the development of Braemar Howells into the world’s first ISO 9001 accredited oil and chemical spill response, consultancy, training and contracting company. Simon attends the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) as an NGO delegate with particular interest in OPRC and OPRC-HNS. He is an acknowledged authority on HNS matters, having lectured on the subject around the world.

Li Guobin – General Manager of Sunic-Ocean Marine Technical & Service Co. Ltd., Member of China Institute of Marine Anti-pollution, based in Qingdao, People’s Republic of China. Before joining the Executive Committee of ISCO, Li Guobin was ISCO Member of Council for the People’s Republic of China. A more complete profile is under preparation.

Capt. Bill Boyle, MNI FISCO – has spent over 30 years at sea, 22 of which he served as Master in various types of vessels. This included 8 years as Master of the dedicated North Sea pollution control vessels, Forth Explorer and British Shield. He has substantial oil pollution control experience and has been involved in many major international oil spills. In 2001 he joined Alpina Briggs as Operations Manager based in Rio de Janeiro and in 2002 moved to Sao Paulo as Operations Director. Alpina Briggs is an Oil Spill Response Company dedicated to advancing pollution control awareness and co-operation in Latin America. The company has 32 bases at key locations in Brazil with large stockpiles of equipment. Spill risk assessment and pollution control training is carried out in various countries throughout Latin America, including Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia and Paraguay. Until recently Capt. Boyle was General Manager of Briggs Environmental Services, responsible for day-to-day national and international operations, liaising with clients and government agencies, national and international.

Matthew Sommerville (Secretary) has more than 34 years experience in the oil spill response industry. He worked with the UK Government’s Warren Spring Laboratory for nine years on spill response research projecs and has attended numerous incidents including Sea Empress, Aragon, Rosebay, Seki, Braer, Aegean Sea, BP Trent, Exxon Valdez, Freja Svea, Kymia, and the Gulf War oil spill. Over the years he has gained considerable industry experience having held senior positions with Briggs Marine, NRC, OSRL, Aramco, IOPC Funds and Shell. Currently he acts as an independent consultant.

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