The Event To Find Solutions, Equipment and Infrastructure For Coastal And marine Projects
The Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo (MCCE). Is an exhibition presenting solutions and innovative concepts
A new serialised article started in issue 571 of the ISCO Newsletter. Rob Cox and others present reliable, scientifically sound, guidance on aspects of oil spill response.
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ISCO is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Sommerville as a new member of its Executive Committee. ISCO President, David Usher, commented, “Knowing Matthew’s abilities, his wide experience in our industry and his strong interest in contributing to the future development of the organization, I very much welcome his joining in our efforts on behalf of the spill response community”. ISCO Secretary, John McMurtrie, said “I am very glad to have Matthew on board and look forward to working with him in continuing to build the value of ISCO membership.
Matthew Sommerville has more than 34 years’ experience in the oil spill response industry. Following service with the British Army (Royal Armoured Corps) and Navy (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) he worked with the UK Government's Warren Spring Laboratory for nine years on spill response research projects. He 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. He is Chairman of the IMarEST Marine Pollution Special Interest Group and represents ISCO at IMO (MEPC and PPR meetings) and IOPC Funds.
Oil Spill Science and Technology, Second Edition, delivers a multi-contributed view on the entire chain of oil-spill related topics from oil properties and behaviors, to remote sensing through the management side of contingency planning and communicating oil spill risk perceptions.
Completely new case studies are included with special attention to the Deepwater Horizon event, covering the impacts of wetlands and sand beaches, a mass balance approach, and the process for removing petroleum chemicals still trapped near Alabama beaches. Other new information on lingering oil left behind from the Exxon Valdez spill, the emergency system used in the Prestige incident, and coverage on the Heibei Spirit spill in Korea are also included.
Updated with new chapters on risk analysis and communication, contingency planning, restoration, and case studies
Supported with technological advances evolved from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil tragedy and events in the Arctic/Antarctic
Multi-contributed from various industry experts to provide an extensive background in technical equipment and worldwide procedures used today
About the Author
Mervin Fingas has over 40 years of experience in oil and chemical spill research. Previously, he was Chief of the Emergencies Science Division of Environment Canada for 30 years. He has authored over 875 technical publications including books, manuals, and 500 peer-reviewed papers. He has won over 20 awards for research and papers from the United States Government, Canadian Government, and international conferences. Dr. Fingas has collaborated on studies with over 25 organizations around the world, coordinated studies for over 30 years through 6 internationally attended committees and developed co-operative projects with many international groups. Dr. Fingas has a PhD in Environmental Physics from McGill University, three Masters degrees in chemistry, business, and mathematics - all from the University of Ottawa, and a BA in Arts from Indiana.
Dr Fingas is the Member of ISCO Council for Canada. Thanks to Ann Hayward Walker, President, SEA Consulting Group, for alerting the ISCO Newsletter to this new publication. SEA Consulting Group is a Corporate Member of ISCO Link for more info is in Issue 570 of the ISCO Newsletter
The OPRC Convention has been an important tool for more than 20 years for the improvement of the oil spill preparedness and response throughout the world, and to date 109 countries have ratified the Convention and 37 countries have ratified the OPRC-HNS Protocol. Experience from all parts of the world is that many countries have still not ratified the Convention or have ratified the Convention but it has not been implemented.
In this connection, IMO has agreed that a guide be developed to help countries, in particular developing countries that might have challenges with the implementation of the OPRC Convention.
Recalling that one of ISCO’s stated objectives is “To represent ISCO members in the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee and its technical working group on OPRC and the OPRC HNS Protocol implementation” it follows that ISCO will support the development of the new guide.
Interested ISCO members who feel they may be able to contribute to the task with ideas and comments are invited to contact the Secretary for more information on how they can assist.
The exhibition “50 years of Government and industry working together to address the risk of oil pollution from ships” has been organized by IMO, IOPC Funds and ITOPF, with the support of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Associations (IGP&I), the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), the International Salvage Union (ISU), the International Spill Control Organization (ISCO) and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF).
A timeline from pre-1967 to the present day covers prevention – including improved safety of navigation, ship construction, training and risk reduction; preparedness and response – an area which has continued to evolve as both awareness and technology have advanced and practical experience has led to a better response to spills when they occur; and liability and compensation regimes, which have been developed to ensure that a robust system of compensation and liability for ship-source oil spills is now in place and that appropriate funding mechanisms exist to finance an immediate and efficient response and compensate those affected.The exhibition was officially opened by the Secretary-General of IMO, Mr Kitack Lim, the Director of the IOPC Funds, Mr José Maura and the Managing Director of ITOPF, Dr Karen Purnell at IMO on 16 January 2017.
The exhibition will run at IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom, until 7 July 2017.
October 12-13 2016 at ExCel in London
ISCO will be giving a presentation and will be present at Stand C380. This event looks set to be a must-attend exhibition for the environmental industry, with hundreds of companies represented and 120 expert-led talks showcasing the latest ideas on tackling marine litter, the reality of spill response in the UK, the key developments in environmental law, and more.
In addition to the Spill Response Expo, the event will feature the Land Remediation Expo, the Clean Air Technology Expo, the Hazardous Materials Expo, the Nuclear Decommissioning Expo, the Flood Expo, the Marine & Costal Civil Engineering Expo (M&CCE Expo), and the Geotechnical Engineering Expo.
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The Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo (MCCE). Is an exhibition presenting solutions and innovative concepts
Following on his recent retirement Anton Moldan has stepped down as Member of ISCO Council for South Africa. Anton has served on the ISCO Council since 2006 during which time he held the position of Environmental Adviser to the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA). In this capacity he was involved in the co-ordination of the oil industry's environmental management practices which included responsibility for the industry's combined oil spill preparedness and response activities. He was also involved in the compilation of national oil spill contingency plans in other African countries as well as the promotion of regional agreements.
The ISCO Committee thanks Anton for his contribution to the organization and wishes him well in his future life.
On behalf of the ISCO Committee and Members the Secretary has welcomed a confirmation from Fatima B Shaik, SAPIA’s Head of Health, Safety, Security and Environment, that she is willing to act as the new Member of ISCO Council representing South Africa.
Fatima has been involved in environment matters since 1996. She holds a Masters in Business leadership, Masters in Science: Environmental Management (cum laude), B-Tech: Environmental Health, and N.Dip: in Environmental Health. Prior to joining SAPIA she was Country HSSE manager for Shell South Africa where she worked with various Industry members, SAPIA committees and other business fora.
Fatima currently plays a key role in working with a range of internal and external stakeholders (Government, Business, International, etc.) in promoting HSSE within the sector; co-creating the countries HSSE legislative frameworks; co-ordinating industry initiatives, including oil spill response preparedness and was recently appointed to the Advisory Council of Occupational Health and Safety.
You can find this article in Issue 548 (22 August 2016) of the ISCO Newsletter. If you're not yet a subscriber you can find links for downloading recent issues on the ISCO Home Page at http://www.spillcontrol.org
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Steven Candito is the Founder, President and CEO of Foresea, which provides advisory services including strategic planning, regulatory compliance and crisis management to the maritime and environmental communities. Previously, he was President and CEO of NRC. He has extensive experience with OPA 90 compliance issues with particular focus on vessel owner and insurance matters
An article in five parts by the internationally recognised expert, Alun Lewis.
"It has been six years since the Deepwater Horizon incident and an enormous amount has been written about the various aspects of the oil release and the response. BP funded the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) with $500 million over a 10-year period and a very large number of research studies have been conducted. Since 2011, GoMRI has provided $350 million for studies and over 650 papers have been published by GoMRI-funded researchers, including over 100 papers produced in 2016. This effort has not yet answered the obvious questions about what actually happened to the oil that was released into the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), such as:
i. How much oil was released into the GoM?
ii. What happened to the released oil?
iii. How effective were the different oil spill response techniques used?
This paper has been put together to try and assess the current state of knowledge in a way that is easy to comprehend and to highlight what uncertainties remain".
Alun Lewis has specialised in oil spill response work since 1979. His specialities are oil spill dispersants, the behaviour of spilled oil at sea and the aerial surveillance of oil at sea. During his career he worked for 25 years at the BP Research Centre, and subsequently on projects for the Warren Spring Laboratory, SINTEF in Norway, AEA Technology and the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. He has participated in numerous research programmes, large scale sea trials and development of laboratory procedures. Since 1998 he has worked internationally as an independent consultant with many clients, commercial and governmental, He has participated in many national exercises, training courses and workshops throughout the world. A more detailed bio was published in Issue 546 of the ISCO Newsletter
The first part of this article was published in issue 546 (8th August 2016) of the ISCO Newsletter. If you missed out on reading this you can find links for accessing recent issues of the Newsletter on the ISCO home page at http://www.spillcontrol.org
New Publication now available from IMO Publications -
Countries facing a major pollution emergency may require external resources to augment national response capacity for large, complex or significant oil spill incidents.
In such cases, the Requesting Country may wish to issue a request for international assistance. This can be done bilaterally, multilaterally, or possibly through a regional mechanism, where these exist.
Correspondingly, major oil spills may trigger spontaneous offers of assistance from governments and international organizations, usually in the form of equipment, technical specialists, vessels and other resources.
Regional and international organizations may also assist in facilitating and coordinating assistance in support of national level efforts. The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 highlighted the importance of international stakeholder planning and coordination to ensure maximum resource availability and utilization during a catastrophic oil spill or hazardous substance event.
Several nations stepped forward to assist the United States during the DWH incident. These offers included equipment, technical expertise and general assistance. The extensive support from the international partners of the United States cannot be overstated; however, the event highlighted the need for guidelines for procedures for requesting and receiving emergency assistance in events of this scale including a common lexicon of equipment terminology and an international equipment inventory.
This publication provides guidelines on international offers of assistance (IOA) in response to a marine oil pollution incident and is designed for use by any country, particularly parties to the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation, 1990 (OPRC 1990), as a tool to assist in managing requests for spill response resources and offers of assistance from other countries and organizations when confronted with large, complex or significant oil spill incidents. These guidelines could be used during large, complex or significant oil spills within inland areas as well as marine or coastal environments. While these guidelines can play an important role in the implementation of the OPRC 1990 Convention, they are not prescriptive or legally binding, and are meant as a tool to assist as needed. This publication complements IMO’s existing series of titles (manuals, guidelines) relating to oil pollution. The appendices in the publication present various sample forms, an extensive equipment and personnel lexicon glossary with acronym listing. Contact IMO Publications for more info http://www.imo.org/en/Publishing/Pages/Home/aspx
The International Spill Control Organization (ISCO) and BIMCO are working together to develop a standard contract for spill response services. The contract is expected to be published by the end of the year.
The Spill Response Services and Equipment Contract is designed for situations where a spill incident occurs and the ship-owner or other stakeholder (the “requesting party”) needs to contract for clean-up services, counter pollution measures, and hire of equipment. Terms and conditions are set out in standard clauses with accompanying annexes for parties to insert detailed descriptions of the required services and rates for personnel and equipment.
Emergency situations require a prompt response. In order to avoid delay the contract envisages that the parties are able to sign it and mobilise the response while negotiations continue on rates and charges. Mobilisation of personnel and equipment can then begin promptly leaving parties to focus on the operation itself.
The specialist drafting committee comprises representatives from BIMCO, ISCO, the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) and the International Salvage Union (ISU).
A recent and widely publicised study is giving serious concern to governments and other parties who rely on the use of dispersant as an essential component of their oil spill response preparedness arrangements.
The implication is that Chemical Dispersant can suppress the activity of natural oil-degrading microorganisms.
Not everyone agrees with this conclusion and in issue 511 of the ISCO Newsletter the independent oil spill consultant, Alun Lewis, challenges the conclusions reached by the authors of the study report.
The series of articles on Oil Spill In-Situ Burning by Merv Fingas MSc, PhD, Hon.FISCO previously published in the ISCO Newsletter has now been consolidated as a single file available for viewing or downloading in the Members’ Area of the ISCO website.
This is the fourth publication to be uploaded in the Technical & Reference Section. Other titles include Oil Spill Remote Sensing by Dr Mervyn Fingas; Anatomy of an Oil Spill - Case History of an Onshore Heavy Oil Spill in the Scottish Highlands; and Response to Inland Oil Spills by Mark Francis, FISCO. It is planned to add more articles. Contributions are solicited and should be submitted to the Secretary for consideration.
September 3 - The three day communications exercise that involved the first test of the new IMO International Offers of Assistance (IOA) Guidelines was completed on 3rd September. The North Pacific Coast Guard Forum (NPCGF) members are the Coast Guards of Korea, China, Russia, USA, Canada and Japan.
The exercise, which was led by the coast guard of Korea, was based on a scenario in which an oil tanker collided with a fully laden container vessel off the coast of Korea, resulting in a major spill of crude oil and loss of containers into the sea. The imaginary incident required a response effort that exceeded local and regional capabilities and the objective of the IOA aspect of the exercise was to ascertain the immediate availability of required response resources from international sources.
The participants in the exercise included relevant agencies of the governments of the NPCGF member countries, ITOPF, ISCO and OSRL. Through ISCO, private sector response contractors and equipment manufacturers in USA, Canada, UK, UAE, Singapore, India and Finland responded with advice on the resources they could mobilize.
The Chemical Aquatic Fate and Effects (CAFE) database is a software program you can use to estimate the fate and effects of thousands of chemicals, oils, and dispersants.
CAFE serves as a tool to help responders in their assessment of environmental impacts from chemical or oil spills into an aquatic environment.
Using CAFE, you can choose between four different spill scenarios: chemical, oil only, dispersant only, and dispersants mixed with oil.
For handy referece the link for downloading this very useful tool has been added to both the Oil Spill Response and Chemical / HNS Response sections of the Technical & Reference area on the ISCO wbsite. Look under Members' Menu, then click on Technical & Reference. You will need to scroll down to the NOAA entry.
This has just been uploaded in the Members' Area. After logging in, look under Members' Menu and click on Technical & Reference, then select Technical Articles.
Based on an actual spill event, this case history was originally published in the Oil Spill Bulletin and Environmental Review (OSBER), a monthly journal published by Alba International Ltd., based in Aberdeen, Scotland. It was reprinted in the ISCO Newsletter during June 2012. One ISCO member, Brian O’Connor, of the Canberra and Regions Oil Industry Response Group in Australia found the article so useful that he had it reprinted as a booklet for training purposes.
The response action was a complete success, preventing the pollution of one of Scotland’s greatest fishing rivers. A key feature of the response was the construction of a large interceptor dam which provided a 100% effective failsafe barrier for an extended time during which heavily overgrown watercourses were cleaned, removing all traces of fuel and and oiled vegetation.
Another interesting point was a successful co-operation between the experienced Alba team and several employees of the affected industrial premises during an extended and labour intensive clean-up operation.
When the clean-up operations were completed, a splendid Ceilidh (celebration) was held at the local inn. With fiddle and accordion music everyone had a great time and many drams were consumed. This was a spill response looked back on with good memories for everyone involved.
The complete 16 part article by Dr Merv Fingas is now available in a single document. You can find this by logging in, go to Members' Menu and click on Technical and Reference, then select Technical Articles.
ISCO is pleased to welcome MOIG as a new Industry Partner Member of the organization. In a press release MOIG Director, Houcine Mejri wrote “The MOIG Management Committee Members are delighted to announce that MOIG has joined ISCO as an Industry Partner. Following this membership, MOIG will gain benefits of membership including access to the Emergency Assistance Facility, receipt of the ISCO Newsletter, access to Technical & Reference data on the ISCO Website and other benefits”.
At the same time, MOIG has invited ISCO to join the group as a new Technical Partner. Both organizations look forward to developing a co-operative relationship.
ISCO’s Technical Partners include Centre de Documentation de Reserche et d'Experimentation sur les Pollutions Accidentelles des Eaux (CEDRE); DG & Hazmat Group; International Spill Accreditation Association (ISAA); INTERTANKO; The Sea Alarm Foundation and The UK Spill Association.
ISCO is grateful that most members pay their annual dues on time but unfortunately there are exceptions.
All members are reminded that membership fees should be paid annually in advance on the date of the anniversary of the date on which you first joined the organization.
If you do not keep your subscription up-to-date and ignore reminders it will be assumed that you are no longer interested or involved in the spill control community. In such cases you will be removed from the roll of members and -
You will be right if you conclude that ISCO is getting tough on members who persistently fail to pay their dues. We take the view that non-paying members are being subsidised by those that those that pay their dues on time – and this is not fair.
A failure to receive the minutes could be indicative of an out-of-date address in our mailing list. We do our best to keep our mailing lists up-to-date but ultimately we depend on members to notify changes – your co-operation is appreciated.
Some time ago a suggestion was made that a free one year “student membership” be made available for students, apprentices and trainees.
The idea was discussed at our recent AGM in Amsterdam and was unanimously approved by all present.
These awards would be 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.
Professional 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 Student Membership and be able to access technical information such as spill response tools, manuals, response guidelines on 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 via the ISCO Groups facility (currently under construction)
Over the last three years ISCO has been contributing to the working group on the IMO International Offers of Assistance Guidelines project and it seems likely that the new Guidelines will be formally adopted at the next MEPC meeting in May.
In the meantime, prompted by the Sunderbans spill in Bangladesh ISCO revitalised its Emergency Assistance facility, building on past experience in emergency resource finding during Macondo and other major events. See http://www.spillcontrol.org/emergency-assistance
At a meeting of the IOA Working Group convened at the end of the Interspill conference your Secretary took the opportunity to outline the ISCO initiative. It can help not only governments and responsible parties but also the big players like OSRL, MSRC and others – they have quite large resources of people and equipment but in reality quite small when compared with the overall level of resources available from the very large number of large and small response companies, manufacturers and independent experts.
When activated, even the largest players need support either locally or from international sources or both. One thing about the ISCO initiative is that it gives our members better opportunities to get involved and that must be a plus factor for being a member of ISCO.
The ISCO AGM being held during INTERSPILL at 5 p.m.
on Wednesday 25th March 2015 will now be located in
Room D302, on the 3rd floor of the Elycium Building,
adjacent to the RAI Convention Centre.
To keep up-to-date on all news and announcements concerning the AGM please refer to the ISCO News section in recent and forthcoming issues of the ISCO Newsletter.
The Wadden Sea is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. It is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. The site covers the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area, the German Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, and most of the Danish Wadden Sea maritime conservation area. It is a large, temperate, relatively flat coastal wetland environment, formed by the intricate interactions between physical and and biological factors that have given rise to a multitude of transitional habitats with tidal channels, sandy shoals, sea-grass meadows, mussel beds, sandbars, mudflats, salt marshes, estuaries, beaches and dunes.The area is home to numerous plant and animal species, including marine mammals such as the harbour seal, grey seal and harbour porpoise. Wadden Sea is one of the last remaining large-scale, intertidal ecosystems where natural processes continue to function largely undisturbed.
In the newly released Agenda for the Annual General Meeting of the International Spill Control Organization it is announced that the Guest Speaker, Dennis Van der Veen will give a presentation on the current programme on improving preparedness for oil spill response in the the Dutch Sector of the Wadden Sea.
Dennis Van der Veen, Member of ISCO Executive Committee, has 20 years of professional experience in environmental sciences, of which 10 years were with the Dutch Institute for Applied Sciences and 12 years at the Dutch governmental agency Rijkswaterstaat. Currently he is managing director of the consultancy firm ASCC.