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.

AGM AGENDA, SECRETARY’S REPORT, NEW DRAFT CONSTITUTION AND PROXY VOTING FORM

By now all members should have received all of the above by email. If you have not received these papers, please let me know immediately.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reminder: The ISCO 2019 AGM will take place at 1815 hrs. on Monday 28th October at the Clean Gulf Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.  There will be signposting to help you find the meeting room.  If you are planning to be there, please let me know. If you can’t come, please use the proxy voting form to cast your votes.

ISCO President David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville and VP (Membership) Mary Ann Dalgleish will be in attendance. They will also be looking forward to seeing you at the ISCO booth, No. 122, in the Exhibition Hall where you can try your luck in our traditional draw for a bottle of fine Scottish Malt Whisky.

ISCO was incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation in London on the 9th October 1984 and will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary next week.

ISCO SECRETARY WILL ATTEND ITAC MEETING

The 2019 ITAC Meeting takes place on 2 - 4 October at the National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton, UK.

ITAC’s membership comprises oil industry (i.e. members of OSRL and other GRN OSROs) international organisations (ITOPF, IMO, IOPC etc), Governmental organisations (USCG, NOAA, etc...) R&D institutes (SINTEF, CEDRE, GoMRI etc...).  It also includes academic institutes involved in industry backed studies, and other organisations with a non-commercial interest in improving oil spill response. 

The Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) is non-commercial and is driven by OSRL as part of its advocacy programme, recognising the benefits of engaging our front-line response staff in industry-focussed technical discussion central to developing more effective oil spill response. We hold an ITAC meeting once per year, hosted in different locations with the meeting chaired by different ITAC members. We try to blend both international themes with items of regional interest according to where the meeting is being held.

DATE FIXED FOR ISCO AGM 2019

International Spill Control Organization

2019

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

18:15 to 19:15

Monday 28th October

Clean Gulf 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 

Ernest N, Morial Convention Centre

CORRECTION - ISAS TRAINING DAYS

Please not that the wrong dates were given out by mistake. The correct dates are 25-26 SEPTEMBER.  A few places are still available.  Download the agenda at http://spillcontrol.org/downloads/Agenda_for_Castle_Archdale_25th.docx  To book a place please contact John Dawes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

THIS WEEK MARKS THE 700th ISSUE OF THE ISCO NEWSLETTER

The idea that ISCO should publish a newsletter was first suggested by ISCO President David Usher to Editor John McMurtrie at a 2005 meeting in Glasgow. The first issue went out to less than 100 subscribers on 11th July 2005. Today there are well over 3,000 on the mailing list and the actual readership is estimated at well over 5,000 because so many organisations circulate it to all their staff on their internal intranet systems.

ISCO AGM AGENDA UPDATE

Your Secretary is liaising with the Clean Gulf organisers over the AGM arrangements. The date, venue and time will be announced as soon as possible.

The Meeting Agenda, Secretary’s Report and other papers are under preparation and will be circulated to Members as soon as available. For Members who are unable to attend the AGM, a proxy voting form will be included in the circulated papers. Any Members wishing to raise matters for inclusion in the Agenda should communicate with Matthew Sommerville in the near future by email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISCO AT CLEAN GULF 2019 IN NEW ORLEANS

Your Secretary, Matthew Sommerville, is pleased to announce that ISCO will be at Clean Gulf being held in New Orleans on October 27-31. The ISCO booth in the Exhibition Hall is No. 122. It is anticipated that ISCO President David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville and Membership Director Mary Ann Dalgleish will be in attendance and looking forward to seeing you.

For those ISCO members who are not planning to attend the conference or who might want to consider adding some staff for the exhibition only. Please get in touch and we will share with you our VIP code and free access to exhibition. While attending the conference and exhibition is the best way to get value the opportunities to meet, renew acquaintances and see the latest kit and services in the exhibition is a good alternative.   In addition we are always happy to see members and it’s your opportunity to participate in our usual malt whisky raffle.

YOU ARE INVITED TO VISIT ISCO AT CLEAN PACIFIC – BOOTH 104

ISCO President David Usher, Secretary Matthew Sommerville and Membership Director Mary Ann Dalgleish are looking forward to seeing you at Booth 104 in the Exhibition Hall. They will be able to update you on the latest ISCO initiatives and membership benefits including progress being made in the worldwide adoption of the freely available RESPONSECON contracts developed by ISCO in partnership with BIMCO, designed to speed response to marine and inland oil and HNS spill events. The downloadable contracts provide significant benefits for response contractors, government authorities, oil companies, vessel owners, pipeline operators, railroads and other parties. www.spillcontrol.org

ED LEVINE OF NOAA ELECTED AS FELLOW OF ISCO, OTHER NEW MEMBERS ANNOUNCED

Ed Levine has been elected as a Fellow of the International Spill Control Organization (FISCO). He is currently the Regional Operations Supervisor -East, managing the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Scientific Support Co-ordinators (SSCs) from Maine to Louisiana.

Other recent new Members of ISCO include Orbital Earth Observation Solutions, based in Valencia, Spain, providing Satellite Surveillance services for oil spill monitoring; and ECOTANK-Worldwide, based in Sartoux, France, providing environmental solutions for world boating areas, including marinas, ports, waterways and mooring areas.

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