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MV Wakashio starts to break up but the clean up has many months to go whist the analysis of what went wrong begins.

As expected MV Wakashio broke in two last Saturday and released more pollution into the once pristine waters around the coral reef which it struck on 25 July.

With 89 spill response professionals on the ground and plenty of local volunteers there is the resource in place to clean up the consequences of this oil spill.

This will be a long job with one of the French companies involved saying this could take 10 months, though for local people they really need this to be much quicker.

For Mauritian people, tourism is an essential business area and the source of their livelihood. COVID has reduced this to a trickle and now this spill will cut most of this off completely.

What draws people to Mauritius is the sea, the sea food, the diving, the mangroves and so much beauty around the coastline. Yes, this is only one part of coastline but it is the jewel in Mauritius tourism crown and one of the most bio diverse sites in the world, it has international protection but is now strewn with oil.

Mauritians will ask its Government lots of questions some of which are raised in this thought provoking article:
https://theconversation.com/mauritius-oil-spill-potential-government-failures-should-be-investigated-expert-144622

Some of the possible questions are:

What happened on the ship to prevent the MV Wakashio not altering course and speed to avoid hitting the reef at cruising speed?

What did the Mauritius coastguard do to prevent the grounding?

Once grounded why did it take so long to remove the fuel from the vessel so the source of potential pollution was removed?

The first oil spilled on 6 August so what lack of decision making caused the delay when the pollution contingency plan had been enacted?

If there was nearly two week from impact to first loss or product, why was the loss not contained? With booms, skimmers and pollution recovery vessels?

Where was the equipment that was provided by  various international agencies in two tranches of investment in pollution control to protect against the consequences of such a grounding in coastal waters?

Fortunately the work done, in difficult conditions, to remove the bulk of the oil means that it is likely only 800 tons of oil has not been recovered and reached the shore. Why was this not recovered at sea before it reached the shore where it is hardest to recover and does the most damage?

Where was the local expertise and co-ordination built up and invested in by international bodies?

Why did it require foreign aid and assistance, from France, Japan, India, Madagascar, to really get things moving?

How can remediation be accelerated to protect from long term environmental harm?

Lots of questions to be answered. There are valuable lessons to be learned from this as international shipping is forecast to grow. Will the learning be shared so that another incident can be avoided.

Mark J Orr
Executive Director
UK Spill Association
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chairman@ukspill.org
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2020 ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING & DINNER

2020 EVENT SET FOR 21ST APRIL AT WATERMENS HALL LONDON - DETAILS TO FOLLOW
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August 2019 members update

• REMINDER – MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS WILL BE ISSUED IN SEPTEMBER FOR THE 2019-20 YEAR.
The Board of UKSpill has decided not to increase membership fees for the coming membership year 2019-20, starting on 1st October. Invoices for renewal will be issued in September.

• REMINDER – RESPONDER TRAINING EVENT – CASTLE ARCHDALE, NORTHERN IRELAND
As part of the merger between the UK Scheme and ISAA to form ISAS, the annual training event at Castle Archdale, in Northern Ireland is open to members of the UK Scheme. The 2 day event, over 25-26 September will cover Ground water, Fresh Water, and Heating Oil spills with a training exercise included, see details in Events on the UKSpill Home Page. Contact info@spillaccreditation.org for bookings. Full details see below

• UPDATE ON UKSPILL19 CONFERENCE - DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
This new event is to be held at the Fire Service College, to launch the new Strategy and a Best Practice Guide for the Spill Industry. The Guide is expected to be in circulation by the Autumn, and aims to obtain approval from all the UK and Eire Environmental Agencies. The event will be open to both members and the public, a draft programme will be launched to members shortly. Contact info@ukspill.org for more information.

• UKSPILL AND ISAS AT CONTAMINATION EXPO, NEC 11-12 SEPTEMBER
The UKSpill stand at the Contamination Expo this year will feature our new development with ISAS. Free Tickets for the event can be obtained by clicking on http://www.contaminationexpo.com
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2019 ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING MINUTES

Draft Minutes of the 2019, 15th ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING of the UK Spill Association

19 March 2019

1. The 15th Annual General Meeting of the UK Spill Association was held at Watermen’s Hall, London, on Tuesday 26th February 2019.

2. The meeting opened at 1810hrs. The co chair M Orr welcomed 20 member companies, a total of 43 members and guests. No apologies. The minutes of the 2018 Annual Members Meeting were approved, proposed by A Crawford, and seconded by A Garside.

3. The chairman thanked members for attending, and announced that R Proctor was standing down as co chair. The Board had appointed L Barber as a replacement, and asked Members to approve, all were in favour. The Board had also proposed that the ongoing Board remain at 5 members, after the retirement of A Crawford, and P Rayner. This was approved by the members. The Chairman then extended his thanks on behalf of the members for both the services of R Proctor, and also A Crawford and P Rayner. The Chairman proposed that contract with the Executive Director should be extended to end 2019, which was approved by members.

4. The Accounts for 2018-19 will be circulated with the Minutes.

5. The Executive Director briefly reported on the Association’s activities in 2018-19, looking forward to 2020. The merger of the Accreditation Scheme with ISAA is underway and the new joint entity ISAS has been approved by the MCA. In 2019, UKSpill will again take a stand at Seawork in June, and Contamination Expo in September. In addition, the Association is planning a 2 day Inland Spill Conference at the Fire Service College later in the year..The Chairman then opened the Meeting for discussion by Members – No other issues were raised.
6. Any other business – RM noted that again OAMPS had kindly sponsored the Awards and the drinks reception after the Annual Meeting.
7. Meeting closed at 1840hrs.

RMM 180316

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INTERSPILL 2021 VENUE ANNOUNCED



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20th May 2019

The Interspill Committee have decided to hold the next event of this triennial series, Interspill 2021, at RAI, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the dates will be confirmed shortly.

Richard Proctor, Chairman of Interspill, said that “the decision was unanimous and reflected the importance of locating the event at a European city, where the oil, marine and environment industries come together, adding that the success of the event held in Amsterdam in 2015 was significant factor in this decision.” The Committee plan to announce its preliminary Conference and Events programme in autumn 2019.

Spill Response Group Holland, (SRGH) have agreed to host the event, as members of the Interspill Committee. SRGH Chairman, Edwin Stolk, welcomed the decision and is delighted to host the event in Amsterdam again. Interspill is contracted with Reed Exhibitions to partner and organise the 2021 event.

Interspill is the leading European oil spill conference and exhibition, and will build on the success of Interspill 2018 in London, and previous events since its launch in 2000. Interspill will continue to act as a technical forum to review past and consider future spills, and support the networking that this group depends on. Interspill 2018 was co located with Oceanology International, at Excel in London, and attracted over 1200 delegates, visitors and exhibitors from over 70 countries, . Proceedings of the 2018 Conference, Workshops and Seminars are published on the Interspill website www.interspill.org

Interspill 2021 will reflect the strength and breadth of its Committee, which includes the European Spill industry trade organisations, NOSCA, SYCOPOL, UKSPILL and SRGH, together with the European Maritime Safety Agency, (EMSA), IPIECA, ITOPF. the International Maritime Organization, (IMO), the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, (IOPC Funds), France’s Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE), and Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL).
For further information see www.interspill.org and contact Roger Mabbott, Director, Interspill Ltd at info@interspill.org” or on +443334441890
(For information on RAI Amsterdam - http://www.rai.nl/en/
(For information on SRGH – http://srgh.nl/
For information on Reed Exhibitions - http://www.reedexpo.com/
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PRESS RELEASE FOR ISAS CONTRACT WITH THE MCA



INTERNATIONAL SPILL ACCREDITATION SCHEME (ISAS) approved by MCA for the new Marine Standard
For release, Monday 29 October 2018
The International Spill Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) a joint venture between the UK Spill Association and ISAA, has after approval of its Scheme by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), now concluded a formal agreement with the MCA.
The agreement was signed on 16th October 2018 and represents the beginning of a cooperation between the UK Spill Association, through its UK Spill Contractor’s Accreditation Scheme, and ISAA, the International Spill Accreditation Association Scheme. This brings together over 60 Oil Spill Responder Organisations (OSRO’s) in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The new UK National Standard for Marine OSRO’s comes into force on the 1st of November 2018, marking the beginning of a one-year grace period for providers of Tier 2 response services and their recipients, during which time previous marine accreditations will continue to be recognised. Under the MCA's OPRC Guidelines for Ports and OPRED's Guidance Notes for Preparing Oil Pollution Emergency Plans, from the 1st November 2019 OSRO’s delivering or intending to deliver Tier 2 response services to ports, harbours, marine terminals and offshore installations will be required to be in compliance with the new Standard . This standard replaces Marine Accreditations previously in place. For details of the standard go to: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/715009/UK_National_Standard_for_Marine_Oil_Spill_Response_Organisations.pdf
Mark Orr, co chair of the UK Spill Association said “The ISAS partnership brings the UK Spill Accreditation and ISAA Schemes together under one banner. Henceforth, apart from Accreditation to the new Marine Standard, ISAS will offer Accreditation of Inland Spill Response based on high standards that have successfully been operated for over a decade by both UKSpill and ISAA Schemes. With the increasing need to protect our environment from the harm that oil spillages can cause, basic spill response procedures audited by an experienced accreditation body provide assurance of standards, competence and capability.”
Further information can be obtained from the Scheme Manager, John Dawes - email johnadawes@btinternet.com or info@ukspill.org
For further information the UK Spill Association see www.ukspill.org contact info@ukspill.org or on +443334441890

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Spill Industry Seminars at InterSpill 2018

With just over three weeks to go, UKspill is host again for the Interspill Conference & Exhibition to be held at Excel, in London’s Dockland over 13 to 15 March 2018.
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2020 ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING & DINNER

2020 EVENT SET FOR 21ST APRIL AT WATERMENS HALL LONDON - DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Full Story >>


August 2019 members update

• REMINDER – MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS WILL BE ISSUED IN SEPTEMBER FOR THE 2019-20 YEAR.
The Board of UKSpill has decided not to increase membership fees for the coming membership year 2019-20, starting on 1st October. Invoices for renewal will be issued in September.

• REMINDER – RESPONDER TRAINING EVENT – CASTLE ARCHDALE, NORTHERN IRELAND
As part of the merger between the UK Scheme and ISAA to form ISAS, the annual training event at Castle Archdale, in Northern Ireland is open to members of the UK Scheme. The 2 day event, over 25-26 September will cover Ground water, Fresh Water, and Heating Oil spills with a training exercise included, see details in Events on the UKSpill Home Page. Contact info@spillaccreditation.org for bookings. Full details see below

• UPDATE ON UKSPILL19 CONFERENCE - DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
This new event is to be held at the Fire Service College, to launch the new Strategy and a Best Practice Guide for the Spill Industry. The Guide is expected to be in circulation by the Autumn, and aims to obtain approval from all the UK and Eire Environmental Agencies. The event will be open to both members and the public, a draft programme will be launched to members shortly. Contact info@ukspill.org for more information.

• UKSPILL AND ISAS AT CONTAMINATION EXPO, NEC 11-12 SEPTEMBER
The UKSpill stand at the Contamination Expo this year will feature our new development with ISAS. Free Tickets for the event can be obtained by clicking on http://www.contaminationexpo.com
Full Story >>


2019 ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING MINUTES

Draft Minutes of the 2019, 15th ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING of the UK Spill Association

19 March 2019

1. The 15th Annual General Meeting of the UK Spill Association was held at Watermen’s Hall, London, on Tuesday 26th February 2019.

2. The meeting opened at 1810hrs. The co chair M Orr welcomed 20 member companies, a total of 43 members and guests. No apologies. The minutes of the 2018 Annual Members Meeting were approved, proposed by A Crawford, and seconded by A Garside.

3. The chairman thanked members for attending, and announced that R Proctor was standing down as co chair. The Board had appointed L Barber as a replacement, and asked Members to approve, all were in favour. The Board had also proposed that the ongoing Board remain at 5 members, after the retirement of A Crawford, and P Rayner. This was approved by the members. The Chairman then extended his thanks on behalf of the members for both the services of R Proctor, and also A Crawford and P Rayner. The Chairman proposed that contract with the Executive Director should be extended to end 2019, which was approved by members.

4. The Accounts for 2018-19 will be circulated with the Minutes.

5. The Executive Director briefly reported on the Association’s activities in 2018-19, looking forward to 2020. The merger of the Accreditation Scheme with ISAA is underway and the new joint entity ISAS has been approved by the MCA. In 2019, UKSpill will again take a stand at Seawork in June, and Contamination Expo in September. In addition, the Association is planning a 2 day Inland Spill Conference at the Fire Service College later in the year..The Chairman then opened the Meeting for discussion by Members – No other issues were raised.
6. Any other business – RM noted that again OAMPS had kindly sponsored the Awards and the drinks reception after the Annual Meeting.
7. Meeting closed at 1840hrs.

RMM 180316

Full Story >>


INTERSPILL 2021 VENUE ANNOUNCED



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20th May 2019

The Interspill Committee have decided to hold the next event of this triennial series, Interspill 2021, at RAI, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the dates will be confirmed shortly.

Richard Proctor, Chairman of Interspill, said that “the decision was unanimous and reflected the importance of locating the event at a European city, where the oil, marine and environment industries come together, adding that the success of the event held in Amsterdam in 2015 was significant factor in this decision.” The Committee plan to announce its preliminary Conference and Events programme in autumn 2019.

Spill Response Group Holland, (SRGH) have agreed to host the event, as members of the Interspill Committee. SRGH Chairman, Edwin Stolk, welcomed the decision and is delighted to host the event in Amsterdam again. Interspill is contracted with Reed Exhibitions to partner and organise the 2021 event.

Interspill is the leading European oil spill conference and exhibition, and will build on the success of Interspill 2018 in London, and previous events since its launch in 2000. Interspill will continue to act as a technical forum to review past and consider future spills, and support the networking that this group depends on. Interspill 2018 was co located with Oceanology International, at Excel in London, and attracted over 1200 delegates, visitors and exhibitors from over 70 countries, . Proceedings of the 2018 Conference, Workshops and Seminars are published on the Interspill website www.interspill.org

Interspill 2021 will reflect the strength and breadth of its Committee, which includes the European Spill industry trade organisations, NOSCA, SYCOPOL, UKSPILL and SRGH, together with the European Maritime Safety Agency, (EMSA), IPIECA, ITOPF. the International Maritime Organization, (IMO), the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, (IOPC Funds), France’s Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE), and Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL).
For further information see www.interspill.org and contact Roger Mabbott, Director, Interspill Ltd at info@interspill.org” or on +443334441890
(For information on RAI Amsterdam - http://www.rai.nl/en/
(For information on SRGH – http://srgh.nl/
For information on Reed Exhibitions - http://www.reedexpo.com/
Full Story >>


PRESS RELEASE FOR ISAS CONTRACT WITH THE MCA



INTERNATIONAL SPILL ACCREDITATION SCHEME (ISAS) approved by MCA for the new Marine Standard
For release, Monday 29 October 2018
The International Spill Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) a joint venture between the UK Spill Association and ISAA, has after approval of its Scheme by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), now concluded a formal agreement with the MCA.
The agreement was signed on 16th October 2018 and represents the beginning of a cooperation between the UK Spill Association, through its UK Spill Contractor’s Accreditation Scheme, and ISAA, the International Spill Accreditation Association Scheme. This brings together over 60 Oil Spill Responder Organisations (OSRO’s) in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The new UK National Standard for Marine OSRO’s comes into force on the 1st of November 2018, marking the beginning of a one-year grace period for providers of Tier 2 response services and their recipients, during which time previous marine accreditations will continue to be recognised. Under the MCA's OPRC Guidelines for Ports and OPRED's Guidance Notes for Preparing Oil Pollution Emergency Plans, from the 1st November 2019 OSRO’s delivering or intending to deliver Tier 2 response services to ports, harbours, marine terminals and offshore installations will be required to be in compliance with the new Standard . This standard replaces Marine Accreditations previously in place. For details of the standard go to: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/715009/UK_National_Standard_for_Marine_Oil_Spill_Response_Organisations.pdf
Mark Orr, co chair of the UK Spill Association said “The ISAS partnership brings the UK Spill Accreditation and ISAA Schemes together under one banner. Henceforth, apart from Accreditation to the new Marine Standard, ISAS will offer Accreditation of Inland Spill Response based on high standards that have successfully been operated for over a decade by both UKSpill and ISAA Schemes. With the increasing need to protect our environment from the harm that oil spillages can cause, basic spill response procedures audited by an experienced accreditation body provide assurance of standards, competence and capability.”
Further information can be obtained from the Scheme Manager, John Dawes - email johnadawes@btinternet.com or info@ukspill.org
For further information the UK Spill Association see www.ukspill.org contact info@ukspill.org or on +443334441890

Full Story >>


Spill Industry Seminars at InterSpill 2018

With just over three weeks to go, UKspill is host again for the Interspill Conference & Exhibition to be held at Excel, in London’s Dockland over 13 to 15 March 2018.
Full Story >>


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