REGIONAL WORKSHOP AND EXERCISE IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY

The Regional Workshop and "Golden Horn" Response Exercise is taking place in Istanbul, Turkey on November 6-8 November 2018. ISCO supports this event. For details please click on the banner on the first page of your weekly ISCO Newsletter. Unfortunately, due to multiple committments, ISCO Secretary Matthew Sommerville will be unable to be there but ISCO Executive Committee Member, Kerem Kemerli and Houcine Mejri, Director of the Mediterranean Oil Industry Group (MOIG), an Industry Partner of ISCO, are both very much involved in  this event and will be present. ISCO commends their work in organising the event and recommends that you attend. 

ISCO SECRETARY WILL SPEAK AT OSRW 2018 IN BEIJING

ISCO Secretary Matthew Sommerville will be speaking at the 2018 Oil Spill Response Workshop being held in Beijing, China on 6-7 December 2018. It is expected that Mr Li Guobin, Member of ISCO Council for China will be attending and that ISCO will have an exhibition stand at the event. More details later.

 

ISCO WILL BE AT THE CLEAN GULF CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION

You are invited to visit ISCO at Booth 725 during the Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition being held in New Orleans on 13-15 November 2018. ISCO President David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville and Membership Director Mary Ann Dalgleish are looking forward to seeing you.

MEETING OF THE IOPC FUNDS GOVERNING BODIES

ISCO Secretary, Matthew Sommerville will be attending the meeting of the governing bodies of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds being held in London on October 29 - November 1, 2018

ISCO REPRESENTATION AT IMO MEPC MEETING

ISCO Secretary, Matthew Sommerville and Honorary Member, Dr Douglas Cormack will represent ISCO at the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee Meeting being held in London on 22-26 October 2018

ISCO MEMBERS PRESENTING PAPERS THIS WEEK AT AMOP TECHNICAL CONFERENCE IN VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

The 41st AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination & Response takes place from 2– 4 October. ISCO members presenting papers at the seminar include Dr Merv Fingas FISCO, Member of ISCO Council for Canada (Spill Science), Oil Spill Response Ltd., Polaris Applied Sciences, Resilient RM, CEDRE, Dr Michel Boufadel (New Jersey Institute of Technology), S.L. Ross Environmental Research, and C.J. Beegle-Krause (SINTEF).

ISCO will not be at Contamination Expo in Birmingham UK

We regret to advise that due to unforeseen circumstances ISCO has had at short notice to cancel its plans to exhibit at Contamination Expo in Birmingham this week. Unfortunately staff commitments have made it impossible for us to cover the event.

We are sorry that this time we cannot be there to meet with you but would like to wish our members and other visitors at the show every success. If you would like to receive information about ISCO, please contact the Secretary, Matthew Sommerville, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit our website www.spillcontrol.org

ISCO IS AT CLEAN PACIFIC CONFERANCE & EXHIBITION IN PORTLAND THIS WEEK

ISCO IS AT CLEAN PACIFIC CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION IN PORTLAND THIS WEEK

Please make a point of calling at the ISCO booth – No. 319 – in the Exhibition Hall.

The 2018 ISCO AGM is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 19th May from 1715 to 1830. The location of the AGM is Room C121. This is on the ground floor and right next to the conference registration desk. There is no signage for the AGM but you can follow the signs for the Clean Pacific registration.

ISCO President David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville and Membership VP Mary Ann Dalgleish are looking forward to seeing you. They will be at the AGM and at the ISCO Booth 319 during the conference and exhibition – so plenty opportunity to ask questions and raise any matters you would like to discuss.

VISIT ISCO AT CLEAN PACIFIC CONFERENCE

You are invited to call at the ISCO booth 319 at the Clean Pacific Conference and Exhibition being held at Portland, Oregon on June 19-21.

ISCO President David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville, and Membership Director Mary Ann Dagleish will be in attendance and looking forward to seeing you.

JOINT IMO & IOPC FUNDS WORKSHOP ON 26-27 APRIL 2018

ISCO Secretary, Matthew Sommerville will be attending the two day workshop on the 2010 HNS Convention being held at IMO in London on 26-27 April 2018. A report will be published later in the ISCO Newsletter.

ISCO AT IMO MEPC 72

The 72nd Meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee takes place in London on 9-13 April 2018. ISCO representatives attending will be Secretary Matthew Sommerville and Hon. Member Dr Douglas Cormack.

ISCO AT INTERSPILL IN LONDON - 13-15 MARCH AT ExCEL

You are invited to visit the ISCO stand at Interspill. This year ISCO will be co-located on Stand S100 with UK Spill and Spillcon 2019.
ISCO Secretary Matthew Somerville and Committee Member Capt. Bill Boyle are looking forward to seeing you.

RECENT NEW MEMBERS ANNOUNCED

Ben Benny has been appointed as the new Member of ISCO Council for Israel following on the retirement of Dan Arbel. He is Chief Operating Officer with ISCO Corporate Member M.Danchor Ltd. and is a former Major in the Israeli Navy.

Allan Howarth has joined ISCO as a new Professional Member. The Professional Standards Committee has elected him as a Fellow of the organization (FISCO). Allan has more than 28 years experience in oil spill response, mainly in senior positions in the industry.

New Corpoate Members who have joined since December 2017 include Oil Spill Products Ltd. (UK), OceanPact Group (Brazil) and Polaris Applied Sciences Inc. (USA)

Former Corporate Member, the Spanopoulos Group (Greece) has re-joined ISCO as a Corporate Member.

 

NEW MEMBERS WHO HAVE JOINED ISCO


Over the last three months ISCO has welcomed several new members.
New Corporate members are National Response Corporation (USA), Clean Sea S.A. (Argentina), Antipollution Environmental Pollution Services (Greece), Marine Pollution Services Ltd. (Israel) and Ocean Pollution Control S.A. (Panama)
New Individual Members are Mr Abduljabbar Saifaldeen (Qatar), Mr Scott-Andrew Smith (Australia), Dr Esra Billur Balcioglu (Turkey), and Mrs Nicole Franks (USA) 

Captain Ahmed Mostafa Fahmy (Egypt) was elected as a new Professional Member (MISCO)

Update 20th October 2017 - Additional new members -

Additional new Corporate Members are Oil Spill Response Ltd. (OSRL), Enviroguard Solutions LLP (India) and Canberra & Regions Oil Industry Emergency Response Group (CROIEG)

 

 

RESPONSECON PRESENTED AT IMO MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COMMITTEE MEETING

The new standard spill response contracts "RESPONSECON" (International and USA versions) were introduced at the recent IMO Marine Environment Protecion Committee in London. The new contracts developed by an ISCO-BIMCO working group with inputs from ISU, P+I clubs, ITOPF and SCAA are now available to download via links on the BIMCO and ISCO web pages.  Delegations were asked to note these and raise awareness of them with stakeholders in their respective countries and organisations.  A number of delegations requested further information on the contracts from the ISCO delegates and feedback was very supportive of the 2 years effort by all the organisations involved to develop the contracts. Note that the RESPONSECON contracts can be used by Requesting Parties and Response Contractors to help accelerate response to both marine and inland spill events.

MINUTES OF THE 2017 AGM HAVE BEEN SENT OUT TO MEMBERS


The minutes have been sent out by email to all members on our mailing list. If you have not received the AGM Minutes please let the Secretariat know by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that the list can be updated.
Receipt of the AGM Minutes is not a confirmation that you are a member in good standing. The members’ list is due for updating because it currently includes some members who have allowed their membership to lapse.
If payment of your membership fee is overdue your name or your company’s name will soon be removed from the roll of members but you can avoid this by paying on line by clicking on http://spillcontrol.org/2013-02-05-10-50-47/subscriptions Select the appropriate kind of membership and click the “Pay Now” button. Select the option “Pay with debit or credit card” and enter your details. If you need any help, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO'S NEW SECRETARY, MATTHEW SOMMERVILLE, SPEAKS ABOUT HIS IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ORGANIZATION

Having been in post as ISCO secretary for a little over a month now I felt it was time to introduce what may become a regular column from myself and other members of the ISCO executive committee.  In doing this, I hope we can address one of the fundamental objectives of ISCO, to share and disseminate knowledge and at the same time to keep you informed about how ISCO is continuing to grow.

2017 has been identified by some organisations and individuals as an important year for the spill response industry being 50 years since the 18th March 1967 grounding of the Torrey Canyon.  While that incident is widely sighted as the start of the oil spill response industry when looked at in the round is clear that it was only a new chapter in the known and already developing story of oil spills.  In the same way that later incidents such as the Amoco Cadiz, Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon have filled subsequent chapters.

Read more in Issue 591 of the ISCO Newsletter. Go to www.spillcontrol.org Select NEWS and NEWSLETTER

 

 

NEW INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS ACCELERATE SPILL RESPONSE, WILL HELP MITIGATE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE

BIMCO and ISCO have launched two new spill response contracts to make the task of arranging clean-up services following a spill incident significantly easier to negotiate in an emergency.

The two standard contracts are a first for spill response contractors. One is tailored for international use and the other is specifically for use in the United States and both are available free of charge from www.bimco.org and www.spillcontrol.org

The contracts have been written by a group of experts from BIMCO, ISCO, the International Group of P&I Clubs, the International Salvage Union and the Spill Control Association of America. Other partners, including ITOPF and individual response contractors, also contributed.

Read more in Issue 590 of the ISCO Newsletter. Click on www.spillcontrol.org and select NEWS and NEWSLETTER

ISCO AT CLEAN WATERWAYS – LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, USA ON JUNE 27-28, 2017

ISCO will have a display at this event and brochures, joining forms, etc. will be available. Mike Rancilio from ISCO Corporate Member, Marine Pollution Control, will be there and can assist interested delegates who would like to know about the work that ISCO does for the spill response community and the benefits of membership.
The CLEAN WATERWAYS conference is designed to cater to the specific needs of the inland response community.  The 14 conference sessions planned cover topics unique to rivers, such as the patchwork of state and federal regulations, hazardous materials and unconventional oil transportation, and working in a challenging environment.  Networking opportunities have been built into the schedule so you can interact with fellow attendees from both industry and government to help build successful interagency relationships that are crucial to a successful response in the inland environment.  In addition, CLEAN WATERWAYS will have 21 table top exhibitors ready to speak with you about their solutions and technologies specific to response on inland waterways. 
ISCO is a supporter of the Clean Waterways conference and strongly recommends that you attend this very worthwhile event. For more information please click on http://2017.cleanwaterwaysevent.org/media-partner-isco/

PRESENTATION ON INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE CONTRACT AT IOSC


TUESDAY 16th MAY - Presentation on the new RESPONSECON Standard Contract for Spill Response and Reception being hosted by ISCO, Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) and Association of Petroleum Industry Cooperative Managers (APICOM)
A presentation on the new International Spill Response Contract will place at 5 pm on Tuesday 16th May in room 101A in the IOSC Convention Centre. The presentation to an invited audience will be given by Mr Tony Paulson, Director of the West of England P&I Club and Chairman of the joint ISCO-BIMCO Working Group. If you would like to attend please contact the ISCO Secretariat.
Work on the development of the contract is now virtually complete with publication expected in Summer, 2017. Participants in the WG have included not only representatives of ISCO and BIMCO but also those of the International Group of P&I Clubs, ITOPF, ISU, the Spill Control Association of America and other interested parties. A wide consultation exercise has also been conducted with other stakeholders.
The availability of the new International Response Contract will complement other initiatives designed to improve spill response mechanisms, including the recently published IMO Guidelines for International Offers of Assistance and ISCO’s Emergency Assistance facility for rapid sourcing of response resources.

CAPTAIN BILL BOYLE, MNI, ELECTED AS HONORARY MEMBER OF ISCO

 

Bill has had a long career in our profession including many years of experience as master of dedicated oil spill response vessels operating in the North Sea and has held senior management positions with Briggs Marine in both the UK and overseas. He has always been a stalwart supporter of ISCO. During an extended assignment in Brazil he served as the ISCO Member of Council for Brazil for several years, recruiting a significant number of new members and also organising in-country meetings of members. He has contributed as a member of ISCO delegations at IMO and given of his time as a key member of the ISCO-BIMCO Working Group on the new International Spill Response Contract. He has also contributed articles for publication in the ISCO Newsletter. Currently he serves on our Executive Committee and, in line with ISCO’s commitment to support the International Spill Accreditation Association, is spearheading the expansion of ISAA’s operations in England, Scotland and Wales.

RETIREMENT OF THE SECRETARY OF ISCO AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW APPOINTMENT

 

Having acted as Secretary of ISCO since its re-launch in 2005, John McMurtrie will be retiring in May 2017.  He represented the British Oil Spill Control Association (BOSCA) as one of ISCO’s founding members and has been actively involved in the organization since 1984.
The appointment of his successor, Matthew Sommerville, will be formalised at the AGM on 17th May 2017.
Matthew has more than 34 years’ experience in the spill response industry and has a very wide breadth of relevant management experience. He has excellent communication skills and a network of contacts across the globe, including government and intergovernmental agencies, response organisations, manufacturers, insurers and research organisations.