- Oil Spill Response & ITOPF Seminar in India - Follow Up (28th November 2013)
- ITOPF wins award (11th November 2013)
- Oil Spill Response and ITOPF to co-host a seminar in India (22nd October 2013)
- Hanne Sørensen becomes new Chairman of ITOPF (3 October 2013)
- The winner of the 2nd ITOPF R&D Award is Announced (25 September 2013)
- ITOPF joins NAMEPA (21 August 2013)
- ITOPF publications now available in Russian (23 July 2013)
- ITOPF to hold seminar on government & industry co-operation in the Arctic - (17 June 2013)
- MPA and ITOPF renew pioneering agreement to expedite oil spill compensation claims (11 April 2013)
- 2013/14 ITOPF Handbook available (10 April 2013)
- ITOPF's TIPs now available in French (5 April 2013)
- Updated oil movements data on ITOPF's WebGIS (12 March 2013)
- Oil spilt from accidents involving tankers is at an all time low (29 January 2013)
Oil Spill Response & ITOPF Seminar in India - Follow Up
Oil Spill Response Ltd and ITOPF co-hosted a seminar on global good practices and the current state of oil spill preparedness in India on Wednesday 20th November at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.
The excellent panel of speakers assembled helped to ensure that the seminar was a success. The level of engagement and discussion throughout was a particular feature of the day.
The presentations can be downloaded in pdf form from our New Delhi Seminar page.
OSRL and ITOPF are keen to follow up on some of the key themes that emerged during the seminar.
The themes to be continued into a seminar series for 2014 included:
linking to the ICG-led review of the National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan (NOSDCP) to include:
mapping the oil spill risk for Indian coastal waters from shipping and O&G sources to under-pin the NOSDCP;
taking the principles in the Policy & Guidelines for use of Oil Spill Dispersants in Indian waters such as Net Environmental Benefit and ensuring that these principles are reflected in the NOSDCP and O&G facility contingency plans;
the potential added value of a “pool of experts” which the ICG as India’s designated authority could call upon in the event of a significant spill.
developing the concept paper on an OSRO for India based around Industry-Government collaboration;
approaches to joining up “at sea” and “on-shore” response operations in India with active participation of the coastal Pollution Control Boards (PCBs)
Hence this initial strategic seminar has brought together government, O&G industry and shipowners to provide a shared understanding of the current situation and to identify areas jointly where global good practice may offer opportunities for future collaboration and development for oil spill preparedness and response in India.
While this is in the early stages of planning, there is a suggestion to hold a follow up session with a focus around two topics: the ICG review of the National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan; and options for Industry-Government collaboration on an OSRO for India. Provisional dates are around Wednesday 19th or Thursday 20th March 2014 in Mumbai. 28 November 2013
ITOPF Wins Award
ITOPF was presented with the NAMEPA Marine Environmental Protection Award in recognition of the work done to preserve the marine environment at a dinner aboard the Hornblower Infinity in New York on 30th October. ITOPF’s Managing Director, Dr Karen Purnell, attended the Awards dinner and highlighted the alignment between many of the goals of NAMEPA and ITOPF, in particular, the focus on education and innovation. In presenting the award, Clay Maitland, NAMEPA’s Chairman said that ‘ITOPF has demonstrated such commitment on behalf of the marine environment, and has been proactive in protecting the health of our seas. For these reasons, we are pleased to be giving this award to you.’
The NAMEPA Awards dinner was preceded by a World Maritime Day Observance Conference on Sustainable Maritime Development. Dr. Karen Purnell participated on a panel addressing risk management alongside the IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu, Peter Evensen, CEO Teekay, Torben Skaanild, BIMCO, Donald Roussel, Transport Canada, and other high-level speakers. 11th November 2013
Oil Spill Response Ltd and ITOPF to co-host seminar in India
Oil Spill Response Limited and ITOPF are co-hosting a forum on global good practices and the current state of oil spill preparedness in India on Wednesday 20th November at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.
Distinguished speakers have been invited to present from a variety of perspectives, and include Inspector General KR Nautiyal, PTM, TM, Deputy Director General (Operations and Coastal Security) of the Indian Coastguard. The Seminar is free of charge and will be followed by an evening reception. A programme and further details will be available on this website shortly.
For further information, see New Delhi Seminar page.
22nd October 2013
Hanne Sorensen becomes new Chairman of ITOPF
Ms Hanne Sørensen took up office as the Chairman of ITOPF following the Federation’s Board Meeting in St Petersburg on 26th September. Ms Sørensen succeeds Mr Bjorn Moller who has been the Federation’s Chairman since December 2006. During the dinner the evening before, Mr Sergey Frank, CEO of Sovcomflot and host of the event, paid tribute to Mr Moller’s careful stewardship of ITOPF during his tenure.
In her statement to the ITOPF Board of Directors, Ms Sørensen stated that '"ITOPF is well respected as the global leader in response to ship source spills of oil and chemicals. As a Director I have been enormously impressed by the importance of its work and by the expertise of its staff. It is a great honour to be appointed its next Chairman. I look forward to working with the Directors and staff at ITOPF to continue the excellent work that the team of highly qualified individuals perform on behalf of the shipping industry worldwide.'"
Ms Sørensen has extensive experience of shipping, having held various financial and commercial positions within the A.P.Moller – Maersk Group since 1994 in Europe, Asia and the Far East. As CEO of Maersk Tankers she has overall responsibility for around 4,000 seafarers and 450 people ashore and management of a fleet of more than 200 vessels. Ms Sørensen holds a Master of Science in Business Economy from the University of Aahus, Denmark (1993) and currently resides in Denmark. 3rd October 2013
The Winner of the 2nd ITOPF R&D Award is Announced
We are pleased to announce that the beneficiary of the 2nd annual ITOPF R&D Award is the Swansea Laboratory for Animal Movement (SLAM), based in Wales. The Award will be used to fund a 1-year post-doctoral study to develop a novel ‘back-pack’ system to track rehabilitated oiled birds without compromising their wellbeing.
The R&D Award Committee recognised that currently, obtaining information about the behaviour of birds after their release is challenging. If a system can be designed that enables electronic devices to be attached to wild birds without affecting their normal behaviour, this would increase the possibility of obtaining more reliable and meaningful data. In the future, such a system could provide for better data banks of information to be established, which can then be used to make better decisions about the benefits or otherwise of rehabilitating certain bird species following an oil spill. The project already has a strong foundation, with a doctoral thesis and several papers already published in key journals.
ITOPF’s Managing Director, Dr. Karen Purnell, said that ‘the pros and cons of rehabilitating oiled birds has always been an emotive topic. Having a methodology that could enable better decisions to be made would benefit both the wildlife care network and the birds. I am pleased that our Award is being used to fund such a worthwhile project.’
More information on ITOPF’s 2014 R&D Award can be found on our website: www.itopf.com/RD-Award. Potential candidates should not hesitate to contact us if they have any questions regarding the Award or if they are unsure that their project will qualify by emailing us at email@example.com September 2013
ITOPF Joins NAMEPA
ITOPF has joined NAMEPA (the North American Marine Environment Protection Association). NAMEPA was launched in 2007 and follows in the tradition of HELMEPA as an independent, marine industry-led, non-profit association, committed to preserving the marine environment. It works through engaging with industry, regulators, environmentalists, students and the general public to promote sound environmental practices.
Dr Karen Purnell, ITOPF’s Managing Director said: “ITOPF is delighted to become a member of NAMEPA and join many international industry partners in supporting the common goal to “Save our Seas”. She explained that many of the principles and aspirations of the two organisations were closely aligned and ITOPF’s involvement with NAMEPA was an excellent opportunity to help promote effective response to marine spills of oil and chemicals. Like NAMEPA, ITOPF is committed to providing awareness and education and the two organisations also share the belief that effective implementation of IMO regulations can greatly assist with the protection of the seas.
Further information on NAMEPA is available at www.namepa.net.21st August 2013
ITOPF Publications Now Available in Russian
ITOPF has just published its series of Technical Information Papers (TIPs) in Russian. The 17 papers provide practical guidance on many aspects of oil and chemical spill response in the marine environment, including contingency planning, dispersants, shoreline clean-up, waste disposal and claims. They are based on the experience of ITOPF's technical staff at almost 700 pollution incidents worldwide and reflect recent developments and technological advances. A Russian version of ITOPF’s Technical Services Brochure, outlining its activities, is also available.
Electronic copies of the papers and brochure will be provided to attendees at ITOPF’s forthcoming seminar “Government & Industry Cooperation in the Arctic” which is being held at the Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Russia on the afternoon of Thursday 26th September 2013. They can also be downloaded from the Russian publications page of ITOPF’s website.
The TIPs and brochure have now been translated into Chinese, French and Russian, and other language versions are being prepared. 23rd July 2013
ITOPF to hold seminar on government & industry co-operation in the Arctic - PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
ITOPF will be holding an afternoon seminar at the Grand Hotel Europe in
St Petersburg, Russia on Thursday 26th September 2013, addressing
“Government & Industry Cooperation in the Arctic”.
In light of recent oil and gas activities in the Arctic and an increase in shipping along the Northern Sea Route (NSR), a great deal of attention is currently focused on preparedness and response to oil spills in the region. Our seminar will take the opportunity to look at current operations along the NSR and explore how some of the challenges to response in ice-covered waters can be overcome. Distinguished speakers have been invited to present from a variety of perspectives, and include the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Sovcomflot and ExxonMobil. Translation will be provided. View a copy of the seminar flyer in Russian (188Kb).
The seminar is free of charge and will be followed by a drinks reception hosted by ITOPF.
If you are interested in attending, please click the link to download a booking form (English version Word 142Kb or Russian version Word 143Kb). Places are limited and will be allocated to allow for a cross-section of interests to be represented.
Copies of the presentations are available here.
17th June 2013
MARPOL Annex V 2012 amendments: stricter controls on bulk cargo wash water discharge at sea
The discharge of non-recoverable cargo or cleaning agents contained in hold wash water is defined as “garbage” within Annex V (entered into force 31st December 1988) of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Any discharge of “garbage” at sea is regulated through this Convention, with discharge being more heavily restricted in six defined special areas (the Mediterranean, the “Gulfs” area, the Wider Caribbean, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Antarctic). Each of these special areas has a need for more stringent controls brought about by greater sensitivity to pollution. Two further areas (the Black Sea and the Red Sea) have been proposed but are not yet in force.
The 2012 amendment to MARPOL Annex V requires that as of the 1st January 2013 all shippers of bulk cargoes provisionally classify their cargoes as harmful to the marine environment (HME) or not. The classification of a cargo as HME is primarily influenced by the toxicity of the cargo itself to marine life. No cargo classified as HME may be discharged at sea, and should therefore be disposed of at a suitable Reception Facility (RF).
ITOPF has prepared a document which sets out the shippers’ responsibilities regarding notification, the general methodology of cargo classification as HME, and some common questions regarding the process of cargo eco-toxicity testing.
ITOPF was requested to provide advice regarding the new responsibilities of both shippers and crew by the UK P&I club, who had themselves received numerous enquiries from ITOPF associate members regarding the matter.
16th May 2013
ITOPF joins the World Ocean Council and co-chairs a session defining an “Arctic Business Leadership Council”
ITOPF has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC) an international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership and collaboration in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. ITOPF is particularly interested to link with WOC’s work to catalyse circumpolar, multi-industry collaboration on responsible Arctic activities.
Dr. Karen Purnell, ITOPF Managing Director said, “With our remit as a not-for-profit organisation established by the world's shipowners to promote an effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances, this fits well with the WOC mission to create cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration on marine environmental challenges”.
“While our remit is global, we are especially interested to engage with leadership companies through the WOC to further progress an ‘Arctic Business Leadership Council’ in order to help ensure the safe and responsible activities in the Arctic”, she added.
Dr Tim Lunel, Support & Development Director at ITOPF will be co-chairing and presenting in a special Arctic session at the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013), 22-24 April, 2013, Washington D.C. In this session WOC will continue to advance the effectiveness of the “Arctic Business Leadership Council”.
The SOS 2103 Arctic session will build on the WOC “Arctic Business Leadership Council” workshop (Reykjavik, 16 September, 2012) that brought together more than 30 representatives from shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, mining, marine science/technology and other industries. These companies also participated in the Arctic Council’s first ever “Informal Business Dialogue” convened by its Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Reykjavik, 17 September 2013).
At the SOS 2013, companies will further explore how to mobilise multi-sectoral leadership and collaboration among responsible companies on the future of the Arctic. 18th April 2013
MPA and ITOPF renew pioneering agreement to expedite oil spill compensation claims
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF) renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 10 April aimed at expediting the processing of oil spill compensation claims.
The MOU on Oil Spill Resources was first signed in 2007 and Singapore was the first country in the world to establish such an agreement that covered a pre-agreed schedule of rates for oil spill response resources. The agreement was supported by the International Group of P&I Clubs and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund. In addition to establishing a pre-agreed schedule of rates to expedite claims settlements, the MOU helped ensure necessary resources were available to handle oil spills. As part of the renewal, the schedule of rates were reviewed and updated based on current market conditions.
Mr Cheong Keng Soon, MPA's Director (Port), said "The pre-agreed schedule of rates, as a result of the MOU, has come in useful during the post-incident claims and compensation process. The MOU is testimony to the close partnership forged between MPA and industry players in combating any oil spills and protecting the marine environment."
Richard Johnson, Technical Director of ITOPF commented that "The MOU has proven successful in expediting compensation payment for the benefit of all involved parties. Having pre-agreed rates at the time of a spill is extremely helpful and it is most pleasing that the MPA and ITOPF have worked closely to keep the initiative alive and up to date. The MOU, along with arrangements whereby ITOPF is usually invited to work alongside MPA in order to offer advice and assistance during an incident, is a good example of industry/government co-operation."
The renewal of the MOU was signed by MPA's Director (Port) Mr Cheong Keng Soon and ITOPF's Technical Director Richard Johnson during the opening of the International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference and Exhibition (ICOPCE) 2013. 11th April 2013
2013/14 ITOPF Handbook Available
A new edition of the ITOPF Handbook has just been published. This contains a wealth of valuable information and guidance for those likely to be involved in spills of oil and chemicals from ships. Information is provided on ITOPF’s technical and information services, the fate and effects of marine oil spills, clean-up techniques, the organisation of spill response and planning, the status of international conventions and ITOPF staff.
Download the full version in PDF format (1 MB)
Hard copies of the Handbook are also available. They are free to ITOPF Members and Associates, as well as to closely related groups. Single copies are also available to others on request - contact Terry Goodchild. 10th April 2013
ITOPF’s TIPs Now Available in French / Les GIT de l’ITOPF sont maintenant disponibles en francais
ITOPF’s new series of Technical Information Papers (TIPs) is now available in French. The 17 papers provide practical guidance on many aspects of oil and chemical spill response in the marine environment, including contingency planning, dispersants, shoreline clean-up, waste disposal and claims. They are based on the experience of ITOPF's technical staff at almost 700 pollution incidents worldwide and reflect recent developments and technological advances. The papers are available in PDF and printed formats; see ITOPF’s French Publications page for further details. Chinese editions of the TIPs are also available and Spanish, Russian and Korean versions will follow later this year.
La version révisée des Guides d’Informations Techniques (GIT) de l’ITOPF sont désormais disponibles en français. Les 17 guides apportent des conseils pratiques sur de nombreux aspects de la lutte contre les déversements d’hydrocarbures et pollution chimique dans le milieu marin, notamment la planification d’urgence, l’utilisation des dispersants, le nettoyage du littoral, le traitements des hydrocarbures et déchets et les demandes d’indemnisations. Ces guides sont basés sur l’expérience du personnel technique de l’ITOPF, forte de plus de 700 incidents à travers le monde, et reflètent les récentes avancées technologiques. Ces guides sont disponibles en format PDF ainsi qu’en version imprimé ; Pour plus d’information, voir la page Publications françaises de l’ITOPF. Les éditions de ces GIT sont également disponibles en chinois et les versions en espagnol, russe et coréen suivront dans le courant de l’année.
5 April 2013
Updated oil movements data on ITOPF’s WebGIS
Oil Movements 2011 from ITOPF’s WebGIS
Data on oil movements for 2011 is now available on ITOPF’s WebGIS site. Raw data on laden oil tanker shipments was obtained from Lloyds List Intelligence and digitalised into individual GIS journeys, based on an established route network. The result is a schematic showing major tanker routes, traffic density and an approximation of the total volume of cargo carried within any specific region. Datasets for 2001 and 2005 data are also available, which enables an assessment of the changing patterns in transportation of oil by sea and, consequently, the changing risk. ITOPF’s GIS platform has proved a powerful tool for visualising tanker voyages and can be integrated with datasets such as location of historical spills and environmentally sensitive areas, in order to assist with planning and preparedness for oil spill events.
The GIS maps can be accessed at http://www.itopf.co.uk/information-services/data-and-statistics/gis-map/.12 March 2013
Oil spilt from accidents involving tankers is at an all time low
Quantities of oil spilt >7 tonnes (rounded to the nearest thousand), 1970 -2012
Accidental oil spills from tankers now constitute a negligible proportion of oil finding its way into the marine environment, as demonstrated by ITOPF’s annual statistics released today. While no accident involving an oil spill should be ignored as both government and industry strive towards ‘zero tolerance’, to put the figures into perspective, the volume of oil spilt during 2012 represents less than one millionth of the quantity of oil transported by sea. As ITOPF’s figures have historically been rounded to the nearest 1,000 tonnes, the volumes spilt recently are now so low that they can be said to be around baseline levels.
In terms of the number of incidents, there were no large spills (>700 tonnes) recorded for 2012 and, although 7 medium sized spills (7-700 tonnes) were recorded, up from 2010 and 2011, they resulted in less oil being spilt overall.
These figures are good news for tanker operators and governments alike as they work to continually improve both safety and environmental performance.
Further details on the number and quantity of spills from tanker accidents since 1970, together with figures and tables, are available on the statistics page of ITOPF’s website and in ITOPF’s annual statistics package.
29th January 2013