4/11/2019: CMA Shipping 2019 – Industry oil spill response and salvage experts meet for panel session, “An accident, a grounding, a collision, oil in the water, fire, people missing, news helicopters overhead”

Capt. Ricardo Alonso, chief of the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters, came together with industry oil spill response and salvage experts April 3, 2019 for a panel session titled, “An accident, a grounding, a collision, oil in the water, fire, people missing, news helicopters overhead – this is the stuff of nightmares” during CMA’s Shipping Conference 2019, in Stamford, Connecticut.


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.


4/4/2018: Recap of recent Spill of National Significance executive seminar

During a Spill of National Significance – as with any oil spill – maritime industry is a significant party to the response, either as the Responsible Party, a salvage or marine firefighting provider, an OSRO, or other contributory role. Maritime Commons recently attended the 2018 Spill of National Significance Executive Seminar and is providing a summary of the discussions among federal executives in attendance in order to inform our readers what to expect about how the government operates under the various response regulations and frameworks in play during a SONS.


12/26/2017: Coast Guard, Arctic partners continue work on oil spill response, search and rescue in the Arctic marine environment

Coast Guard members from the Office of Incident Management and Preparedness Policy attended the EPPR meeting in Malmö, Sweden to continue work on matters related to marine environmental response and search and rescue in the Arctic marine environment. The EPPR focuses much of its attention on exercising the Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic (MOSPA Agreement). The objective of the MOSPA Agreement is to strengthen cooperation, coordination and mutual assistance among the Parties on oil pollution preparedness and response in the Arctic to protect the marine environment from pollution by oil.