Information for the Guidance of Members

Objectives of the Organization – You can find these on the website at http://www.spillcontrol.org/home/objectives 

Terms and Conditions of Membership – These can be found on the ISCO website at www.spillcontrol.org 

Use of the ISCO logo – All Corporate Members in good standing (annual subscriptions paid up-to-date) are entitled to reproduce the ISCO logo on their websites, company brochures, headed notepaper, etc. to denote that your company is a member of an organisation dedicated to improving response preparedness, encouraging technical development and raising professional competency. 

Emergency Assistance – Corporate Members and Industry Partner Members will receive forwarded emails received from governments, requesting parties and other entities who are seeking emergency resources in support of response to major pollution incidents. See http://www.spillcontrol.org/emergency-assistance. To ensure receipt of forwarded emails it is vital for you to notify the Secretariat immediately if the contact person and email address listed in our mailing list requires to be updated. Please notify changes by email to [email protected] 

Professional Membership of ISCO 

The International Spill Control Organisation (ISCO) has introduced classes of professional membership that recognise the qualifications and experience of spill responders and others in the international spill response community. 

ISCO President David Usher said “This fills a long felt need and will help meet the aspirations of many in the industry who have long felt that their qualifications and experience should be recognised. The creation of professional memberships will encourage all who are making a career in the field of oil and chemical pollution control to take pride in their chosen profession”. 

You can find out more about Professional Membership under “Membership” at http://spillcontrol.org See under “About Professional Membership”, “Application Form”, “Code of Conduct”, Assessment Guidelines”, Appeals Policy” and “Complaints Procedure”. 

Helping Students/Apprentices/Trainees in their professional development –  

Membership of ISCO offers individuals a career path with an option to progress towards higher levels of professional recognition. Nominated individuals will receive a Certificate of Membership and be able to access technical information such as spill response tools, manuals, response guidelines in the Members’ Area of the ISCO website. They will also receive the ISCO Newsletter which has an educational role and be able to seek additional help and advice from other members.  

Availability of free “student membership” for students, apprentices and trainees. These awards are made to individuals upon recommendation of training organisations and companies undertaking internal training programmes. The intention is to encourage young people who show promise and interest in making a career in the spill response industry.  

Lecturers at training establishments and relevant managers at companies that carry out their own internal training are invited to nominate candidates for a free student membership of ISCO. Please send an email to [email protected] with names and email addresses of the candidates you wish to recommend. 

ISCO Newsletter – The ISCO Newsletter is read every week by over 5,000 professionals in about 65 countries. All members (and nominated members of their staff) receive the weekly ISCO Newsletter free of charge. The addressee on the mailing list is usually the name of the person who completed the original Joining Form at time of joining the organization.  Members (other than Individual Members) can request the addition of their colleagues to the mailing list – a subscription form is provided at [email protected]  

If at any time you find that you are no longer receiving the ISCO Newsletter it may be because – 

  1. The email of the addressee has changed or is no longer valid (for example if that person has left the company) 

    You can correct this by notifying the Secretariat and advising an updated contact person and email address. 
  2. Your computer is labelling the incoming newsletter email as “spam”. 
  3. Your Internet Service Provider is blocking receipt of the newsletter 

    To correct non-delivery for reasons (2) or (3) you will need to ask your IT person to take appropriate action. 

    Corporate Members and Industry Partners are encouraged to recommend to their employees that they add their names to the Newsletter mailing list. The Newsletter subscription form is at www.spillcontrol.org  
    Annual Renewal of Membership – In order to maintain your membership status and benefits you must pay the invoice for your annual subscription promptly. Subscriptions are invoiced annually on each anniversary of the date on which you first joined. If you do not receive an invoice it may be because the contact person and email address held by our Membership Director is not up-to-date. To avoid being removed from the Register of members for non-payment of dues, you should advise the Secretariat of the correct contact information for invoicing. To avoid problems, we prefer to send invoices to the “Accounts Payable” department within your organization and to be able to quote a purchase order reference where applicable. Our Membership Director is Mary Ann Dalgleish and you can contact her at [email protected] 

    RESPONSECON freestandard emergency response contracts 
     Members providing emergency response to spill events (contracting to mobilise response resources) can find and download the ISCO-BIMCO standard contracts – go to www.spillcontrol.org and click on Contracts 

    The RESPONSECON contracts were developed in order to speed up spill response by creating a standard internationally recognised contract for spill response that would avoid the delays that arise from prolonged contract negotiations. 

    The RESPONSECON Contracts have application for both MARINE and ONSHORE spill response. 

    The Contracts were drafted by a project sub-committee representing industry and chaired by a representative from the International Group. They conform to the International Group of P&I Clubs’ Guidelines on Vessel Response Contracts.  

    RESPONSECON is tailored for international use, whereas US RESPONSECON is specifically for use in the United States. Terms and conditions are set out in standard clauses with accompanying annexes for the parties to insert detailed descriptions of the required services and rates for personnel and equipment. Both contracts are available free of charge from BIMCO’s website, subject to “Conditions of Use”.  

     

    NEWSLETTER POLICY ON HANDLING OF PRESS RELEASES 

    1.           The Editor has sole discretion over what is accepted for publication 

    2.           The Editor reserves the right to edit press releases 

    3.           Information in press releases must be factual and free from sales hype and exaggerated claims 

    4.           Members of ISCO are given priority over non-members in allocation of editorial space. 

    5.           Subject matter of press releases must be relevant to the interests of the spill response community 

    6.           Space availability for printing press releases is limited and they should be kept short 

    7.           If a press release is too long only part of it will be printed but a link can be included for downloading its entirety 

    8.           Links for downloading additional information or viewing video material can be included 

    9.           Depending on space availability press releases may be included in the next issue or held over for a future issue 

    10.         The placing of press releases is usually allocated within sections as follows – 

     

    PEOPLE IN THE NEWS – Announcements of new appointments, retirements, honours, awards, etc. relating to senior people in a company or organisation.  Photos should be included. 

    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – Reserved for technical content relating to new developments that represent a significant technological advance – photos, diagrams, etc. should be included. 

    CASE HISTORIES – Welcomed for publication subject to educational content criteria. In publishing case histories the objective is to pass on experience and lessons learned that will be of interest to other professionals in our community. There is a benefit for contributors because publication of case histories raises the profile of the company concerned. 

    NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES – Announcement of the launch of a completely new product or service. Photo/s usually provided. 

    NEWS FROM ISCO MEMBERS – News about new activities / products / services. Change of address, phone numbers, etc. Staff appointments. Award of a major new contract.  Other news of significance concerning the company or organisation.  

    EQUIPMENT FOR SALE – For corporate members only – to assist in disposal of equipment that is surplus to requirements. 

    MEMBER PROFILES IN THE ISCO NEWSLETTER – For corporate members only – For a contribution of £200 to ISCO funds publication of a one page company profile.  Restricted to one profile a year only per member.  Only one profile will be printed in any issue of the newsletter. 

    THE EDUCATIONAL ROLE OF THE ISCO NEWSLETTER 

    The ISCO Newsletter has in the past published excellent serialised articles on such matters as inland spill response, aerial observation of oil spills, in-situ burning, etc. by respected experts including Dr Merv Fingas and Mark Francis. The editor is always looking for more interesting articles. If you think you can contribute an article, please get in touch with [email protected]
    Disseminating news about new technical developments is of value to our community. Corporate Members and others are invited to contribute articles.   
    Your editor is also interested to receive interesting case histories for publication. Dealing with spill events often requires an innovative approach and you are invited to share your experiences. 

    NO NEWS FROM YOUR PART OF THE WORLD? 

    Members and other readers are invited to help rectify the balance of world news reporting. News stories from North America, UK, Australia, etc. are much more accessible on the internet than reports from other parts of the world and especially from non-English-speaking countries. To make it easier for readers in other parts of the world to contribute stories your editor is considering options to include links for interesting articles in other languages.  

    If you come across a report or an article that you think worth sharing with other members of the response community, why not send it to the editor at [email protected]  If not in English language, please include a short introduction in English to introduce the submitted item. 

    YOUR COMPANY’S INFORMATION ENTRY DISPLAYED IN ISCO’S INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY 

    Corporate Members can take advantage of the option to display their company information in ISCO’s Directory of Supplies and Services. All members are listed under one or more classifications – Consultants; Equipment & Materials; Response Organizations; and Training Providers – and every entry is hyperlinked to give one click access to company’s website. 

    The option to display your information is a FREE benefit only available to paid-up Corporate Members and Industry Partners of ISCO.  

    You will need to submit information for inclusion in your free entry – Click on – https://spillcontrol.org/directory-entry-questionnaire/ 

     For more information or to request updates or other changes in content of entries please contact Mike Watson by email at [email protected] 

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