MEMBERS WHO IGNORE INVOICES AND REMINDERS TO LOSE BENEFITS

As we are in process of upgrading the ISCO website, it makes good sense to remove members who are no longer interested and have apparently taken a decision not to maintain their memberships. Please be aware that this process will be commenced from 15th October 2020.

ISCO has always been reluctant to take the drastic step of removing delinquent members who have ignored subscription invoices, always preferring to send out reminders and allow more time. However, Mary Ann Dalgleish, VP (Membership) and other members of the management team need to correct the work balance between their day jobs and the unpaid work they do as volunteers on the ISCO team.

Removing lapsed members from the Roll of Members of will make a significant difference – Chasing up overdue payments takes a lot of time, often made more difficult because members don’t always pass on updated contact details for sending invoices.

Termination of Membership does have consequences -

•            You will not be advised of emergency requirements for spill response support services, equipment and materials.

•            Your access to the members’ area of the ISCO website will be disabled

•            Your directory listings with hyperlinks to your company website will be removed.

•            You will not be accorded any priority in newsletter editorial content concerning new products, services, and company news.

•            You will lose your right to display the ISCO logo on your stationary and promotional materials

•            You will no longer be eligible for discounts negotiated by ISCO on behalf of its members

ISCO welcomes lapsed members who decide to re-join. This way they can preserve their access to all the membership benefits, including delivery of the ISCO Newsletter. To re-join, just click on http://spillcontrol.org/2013-02-05-10-50-47/membership-application

DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS PAID UP-TO-DATE?

If you are not sure if your dues are paid or you need us to update the name and email address of the person responsible for handling account matters, please get in touch with Mary Ann Dalgleish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO SUPPORT BEING MAINTAINED DURING THE PANDEMIC

Members of the ISCO Secretariat support team will be continuing to work from their homes – Contact details as follows –

ISCO President David Usher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO Secretary Matthew Sommerville This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO Committee Member and VP (Editor) John McMurtrie  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO VP (Membership) Mary Ann Dalgleish This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO Committee Member Captain Bill Boyle  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The service for Spill Response Emergency Sourcing of Experts, Equipment and Supplies will continue to be available during the Coronavirus emergency.

LAUNCH OF NEW ISCO WEBSITE

Work continues on the new ISCO website which will be launched in the near future. Over time the new website will allow for improvements to be made and extend its functionality.  The location of the new site will continue to be www.spillcontrol.org and the existing site will remain accessible until the changeover has been implemented.

Hopefully the transition will be without problems but members are requested to report any glitches or difficulties to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEMBER DISCOUNT 15% FOR OIL SPILL INDIA REGISTRATION

ISCO is pleased to announce that Members qualify for a 15% discount on registration for attendance at the Oil Spill India Conference and Exhibition taking place in Mumbai on 23-24 September 2020. The theme for the event is "Commitment, Synergy & Excellence". ISCO supports this event and recommends it to you. For more information please visit http://www.oilspillindia.org

WEBINARS – A NEW SECTION IN THE ISCO NEWSLETTER

Starting in the issue of 25th May 2020, a new Webinars section will be featured in the ISCO Newsletter.

With the increased popularity of webinars as a risk-free means of continued learning during a period when attending conventional training courses is made difficult by social distancing requirements and travel restrictions, this new section will inform members about upcoming webinars that will be of value to our community and assist continuity of learning during lockdown imposed by the current pandemic.

ISCO MEMBERSHIP COST GOES UP ON 1st JUNE

If your membership has lapsed / is due for renewal / or you or your organization has been planning to become a member, time is running out for you to save money by renewing or joining before the increases come into effect on 1st June 2020.

As advised on 6th April, the Secretariat has determined that after having managed to avoid increasing membership dues for the last eight years, the need for an increase cannot be delayed any longer.

The increase will be approximately 10% and will apply to all membership fees and other charges. As an example, the cost of an individual membership will increase from £75 to £85 per annum. The 10% increase will also be applied to annual fees for corporate, industry partner and professional memberships.

ISCO CONTACT ARRANGEMENTS

Members of the ISCO Secretariat are working from home and can be contacted by email at

ISCO President: David Usher – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO Secretary: Matthew Sommerville - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO VP (Newsletter): John McMurtrie – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO VP (Membership): Mary Ann Dalgleish - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Captain Bill Boyle - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY – SHARING OF INFORMATION

The problems caused by the pandemic are going to be with us for a long time and ISCO Members are asked to share information on the practical measures they are taking to cope with the ongoing situation. It will be of benefit to all of us to do this and the ISCO Newsletter will support this sharing process by publishing helpful contributions received from members and other sources.

ISCO MEMBERS TO RECEIVE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS

ISCO has negotiated a $100 discount for its Members registering to attend Clean Waterways, Clean Pacific and Clean Gulf conferences in the USA. These events are of real value to our community and your participation is strongly recommended.

ISCO’S PRESIDENT, DAVID USHER CELEBRATES HIS 90th BIRTHDAY

Mary Ann Dalgleish, ISCO VP (Membership) writes – “The President and creator of ISCO had a major birthday on December 29th. He turned 90 years young. David was also instrumental in the creation of SCAA and is still active at his company, Marine Pollution Control located in Detroit, Michigan. As most of you know, David was one of the first contractors active in pollution cleanup and a true pioneer in the development of the industry. Anyone wishing to send David a greeting can do so at his email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Happy belated Birthday David Usher from all of us at ISCO”.

ISCO WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS IN 2020

ISCO is pleased to welcome the following new members who have recently joined the organization

New Professional Member – Andrew J. Brines has been elected as a Member of ISCO (MISCO). He is the founder of Polysorb and has 30 years’ experience in manufacturing absorbents and spill equipment for use on spills, developing new absorbent products to neutralise oil and chemical spillages.

NEW INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Adriatic Training and Research Centre (ATRAC) – ATRAC is based in Croatia and its key role is to provide training and education to the personnel from all Adriatic countries in all matters related to oil spill preparedness and response.

International Spill Accreditation Association (ISAA) - ISAA is the world authority for accreditation of spill response organizations (SROs) and is dedicated to the raising of worldwide standards in spill response. As a not-for-profit NGO, ISAA sets international standards for spill response in all areas including inland and marine spills. Accreditation is not only applicable to privately owned spill contractors but can also be used by governments and others for independently checking their own response capabilities.

ADNOC Onshore – Based in the UAE, ADNOC Onshore is the leading onshore producer within ADNOC Group, producing 1.6 million barrels of oil and 5.6 billion cubic feet of gas per day.

NEW CORPORATE MEMBERS

Spilcare-O Metaclen Pvt. Ltd. – Basedin Chennai, India, SPILCARE is in the forefront in Oil spill Dispersant Technology and was the first in India to develop and manufacture state of art concentrate dispersants.

SurfCleaner AB - Based in Stockholm, Sweden, the company’s product SurfCleaner is a surface separator for 100% removal, separation and recovery of oil, diesel, petrol, plastics, sludge, debris, and more.

NEW INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

Solomon Aliu, Delta State, Nigeria

Nicholas Addison, UK

Helena Rowland, Florida, USA

Ayman Cookey, Delta State, Nigeria

Peter Taylor, UK

Dr Jon Burton, UK

Bonthu Subrahmanyam, India

Veron Novosad, British Columbia, Canada

Festus Oshadin, Warri, Nigeria                            

Gerold Popovice, Washington, USA

CONCLUSION OF ISCO’S 2019 AGM

ISCO’s 2019 AGM, which was unusually conducted by email, concluded on 23rd December, this being the closing date for receipt of Members’ votes. Members voted unanimously in favour of accepting all the motions put forward. Significant matters decided on included

  • The Secretariat will now progress the preparation of the final draft of a revised ISCO Constitution
  • The Secretariat is authorised to invite Members via email to accept/reject new proposals on matters that require the approval of the membership. This will facilitate decision-making during the periods between annual AGMs.
  • In the event of circumstances making it impossible or very difficult to hold a traditional face-to-face AGM, the Secretariat is authorised to conduct an AGM by email.

ISCO AGM - NEW PROXY VOTING FORM - VOTING CLOSES ON 23rd DECEMBER 2019

To make voting hassle-free a new easy-to-use ONLINE VOTING FORM has been created. It now takes less than a minute to complete and the SUBMIT button sends it instantly. Details were circulated to members on 15th December 2019.

Members who have not already voted are reminded that the closing date for receipt of votes is 23rd December 2019.

ISCO 2019 AGM - COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS

DuringDuring the 2019 AGM held by email Members were invited to submit comments to the Secretariat. This was in a way a substitute for not being able to make verbal interventions during a traditional face-to-face AGM meeting. A positive aspect was that Members who would have found it difficult to incur the time and cost involved in travelling to attend a traditional AGM were enabled to comment on issues raised in the circulated AGM Agenda and Meeting Papers.

The received comments were circulated to the membership on 15th December 2019 and the Secretariat will respond to these comments in early 2020.

ISCO's 2019 AGM WAS POSTPONED

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the AGM to be held during the Clean Gulf Conference in New Orleans had to be postponed.

Members have been advised and the 2019 AGM is now being carried out by exchange of email.

The Secretariat has determined that the postponed AGM can be carried out before the year-end by email. ISCO recognises that holding an AGM by email is not a good substitute for a face-to-face meeting of Members but under the circumstances and time limitation there is no other option. The unusual procedure will be something of an experiment and it is hoped that a good response will result. One upside is that Members who would not have been able to attend an AGM held at a remote location will be able to make their own comments on the agenda items by email and these will be circulated to members in advance of voting.

Looking forwards, our aim will be to retain the traditional AGM format wherever possible but within a revised constitution we would like to include an option to hold an AGM by email if it is not possible to follow our usual practice.

The proposed motions to be voted on remain unchanged apart from an additional Proposal 9 to allow the holding of an AGM by email if this becomes necessary in future.

For more info please visit http://spillcontrol.org/downloads/Postponed_2019_AGM.docx

YOUR INVITATION TO VISIT THE ISCO BOOTH AT CLEAN GULF AND ATTEND OUR 2019 AGM

You are invited to visit ISCO at Booth #122 in the Exhibition Hall at Clean Gulf, taking place this week at the Clean Gulf Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, USA. ISCO President, David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville and Membership Director Mary Ann Dalgleish will be there and are looking forward to seeing you.

Members are requested to attend ISCO’s AGM being held in Room 263 from 1815 hrs. to 1915 hrs. on Monday 28th October. It will be quite a short meeting but there are some important proposals coming up on the Agenda, so please make sure to attend.

If you are not going to be at Clean Gulf, please use your Proxy Voting Form to register your votes. The form was sent out to all members with the Agenda and other papers on 27th September but I can re-send to you – just let me know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO HONOURS ALUN LEWIS WITH AWARD OF Hon.FISCO

It has been the practice within ISCO to award the status of Honorary Fellow to individuals who have contributed to the organisation, to its objectives of sharing knowledge or contributed in a significant way to the wider spill response industry. Not only has Alun Lewis contributed directly to ISCO he has been a sounding board for us in reviewing scientific articles before inclusion in the ISCO news. In his working career he is recognised by the oil industry, response industry, governments, research organisations and individual members and company members of ISCO as a leading voice in the industry. Read more on Page 6 in Issue 707 of the ISCO Newsletter. See under “News” at www.spillcontrol.org

ISCO CELEBRATES ITS 35th ANNIVERSARY

ISCO reached its 35th Anniversary on 9th October 2019

For 35 years, the International Spill Control Organisation (ISCO) has been dedicated to improving worldwide preparedness in response to oil and chemical spills.

It was back in 1983 that representatives of the US, British, French and Swedish spill control associations (SCAA, BOSCA, SYCOPOL and SWEMARPOL respectively) came together at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Texas to discuss the formation of ISCO. The organisation was incorporated in London the following year on 9th October 1984.

To mark the occasion ISCO Secretary Matthew Sommerville has published an article “ISCO’s History” in issue 705 of the ISCO Newsletter. To read his article, visit www.spillcontrol.org, look under News, and Newsletter, select and download ISCO 705 Newsletter.  Matthew's article is on Page 7.