3/15/2019: International Oil Spill Conference call for technical papers and posters

The paper and poster presentations form the backbone of the IOSC’s technical program and contribute to the vast canon of oil pollution knowledge shared between the government, industry, and academia. Invited authors present their respective papers or posters during speaker platforms or interactive sessions scheduled during the IOSC. The call for papers and posters closes May 15, 2019. Everyone is invited to submit.


9/25/2017: FY18 requirements for Gov’t Initiated Unannounced Exercises

The Coast Guard published Sept. 12, 2017 the FY18 Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise (GIUE) requirements for each captain of the port, to include sectors and marine safety units. In 2015, the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy (CG-MER) reinvigorated the Coast Guard GIUE program by releasing new GIUE policy which has since been incorporated into the Marine Environmental Response and Preparedness Manual. This policy established consistent exercise design, execution and documentation across the Coast Guard. It also defined the number of GIUEs required at each unit.


6/9/2017: IOSC Recap #6 – Establishing new Best Response standards through positive communication: A look at Best Response criteria 20 years later

Sixth in our IOSC 2017 series, Lt. Dave Vihonski with the Atlantic Area’s incident management division talks about the importance of incorporating public and stakeholder engagement into the Best Response Model.


6/5/2017: IOSC Recap #5 – USCG Sector Delaware Bay: Response to rail incidents planning project

Fifth in our IOSC series is recap of a presentation by Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Wirth, titled “USCG Sector Delaware Bay: Response to Rail Incidents Planning Project.” Wirth responded to two train derailments, first in Paulsboro, N.J., and then barely a year later, a second in Philadelphia. Her talk focuses on the importance of working with all stakeholders in the area and how they addressed the challenges resulting from increased rail transport of diluted bitumen (dilbit) and Bakken crude oils through the maritime environment.


5/25/2017: IOSC Recap #4-Tank Barge APEX 3508: Best practices for detection and recovery of sunken oil

Fourth in our IOSC series is a recap of a presentation by Cmdr. Mark Sawyer, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Kentucky, titled “T/B APEX 3508 Case Study: Best Practices for Detection and Recovery of Sunken Oil.” APEX 3508 released an estimated 120,500 gallons of slurry oil into the Mississippi River after two tugboats collided near Columbus, Kentucky in September 2015. The majority of the oil sank to the riverbed and Sawyer shared with conference attendees some of the challenges responders faced when recovering sunken oil, lessons learned, and recommendations for future incidents.


5/25/2017: IOSC Recap #3-Tank Barge Argo: A case study on the employment of NCP special teams

Next up in our IOSC series, is a recap of a presentation by Cmdr. Tedd Hutley, commanding officer of the Atlantic Strike Team, titled “Tank Barge Argo: A Case Study on the Employment of NCP Special Teams.” The Argo was a small tank barge that sank in Lake Erie, Ohio in 1937 and began leaking over 70 years later.


5/23/2017: IOSC 2017 Recap #2-In a hostile environment? Skills needed for success

Is it realistic to expect you’ll meet all stakeholder needs during a response? It is a question all incident commanders from any segment of the oil spill response community should ask themselves. Lt. Cmdr. Danielle Shupe, an instructor at the Coast Guard’s Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia, had the opportunity to answer that question from a Coast Guard perspective during last week’s International Oil Spill Conference in Long Beach, California. We continue our IOSC series with a condensed version of Shupe’s remarks on the subject. These remarks are not ‘as delivered’ but provide a condensed version in the ‘panel-conversational’ style.


5/23/2017: IOSC 2017 Recap #1- Time for a refresh in the pre-spill planning consultation process

To kick off our IOSC recap series, first up is a presentation by Lt. Cmdr. Stacey Crecy on changes to laws and policies governing oil spill preparedness and the pre-spill planning process.


5/16/2017: IOSC 2017 – Opening plenary session – Prevent, Prepare, Respond & Restore

This blog post provides comments made by Ms. Dana Tulis, director of incident management and preparedness policy, during the opening plenary Q&A session at this year’s International Oils Spill Convention in Long Beach, California.


5/12/2017: Preview – Coast Guard at IOSC 2017

This post provides a preview of the topics Coast Guard presenters will be talking about at the 2017 International Oil Spill Conference in Long Beach, California, May 15-18, 2017.


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