- Oil Spill Response Ltd and ITOPF to co-host second seminar in India (30th January 2014)
- Vacancy for Senior Technical Adviser at ITOPF (22nd January 2014)
ITOPF’s Technical Information Papers Now Available in Korean (22nd January 2014)
- Downward trend in spills is maintained despite blip (14th January 2014)
Oil Spill Response Ltd and ITOPF to co-host second seminar in India
Oil Spill Response Limited and ITOPF are co-hosting a forum to consider the latest review of India’s National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan (NOSDCP) on Wednesday 19th March 2014 in Mumbai, with a particular focus on the potential option of forming an Indian Oil Spill Response Organisation (OSRO).
This seminar builds on a successful event held in November 2013 in New Delhi on government and industry collaboration, which will need to be at the heart of any future plans for an Indian OSRO.
While the New Delhi seminar focused on response to oil spills at sea, this seminar will place particular emphasis on the approaches to coordination of the offshore and shoreline response operations. Participation of members of Coastal Administrations would be particularly welcome.
Distinguished speakers have been invited to present from a variety of perspectives both Government and Industry including Deputy Inspector General AA Hebbar, TM Director (Environment), Indian Coast Guard who will lead the discussion relating to the latest review of India’s National Oil spill Disaster Contingency Plan.
To register your interest, see Mumbai Seminar page.
30th January 2014
Vacancy for Senior Technical Adviser at ITOPF
ITOPF is advertising the following vacancy:-
SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVISER
An international, not-for-profit organisation providing the maritime industry with objective technical advice, expertise, assistance and information on effective response to oil and chemical spills in the marine environment is seeking a new Senior Technical Adviser to join its small London-based team. ITOPF’s work is varied and challenging. It involves giving advice world-wide on the most appropriate methods for responding to oil and chemical spills from ships, minimising their impact on economic resources and the environment, and the provision of compensation. Further details of ITOPF’s activities can be found on the web site at www.itopf.com
Given the senior role, ITOPF is only seeking applicants with a demonstrable track record of at least 5 years in responding to oil or chemical spills in the marine environment. Candidates will possess as a minimum a degree in a scientific, engineering or related discipline. Fluency in a language other than English would be a distinct advantage. The successful candidate must be willing to travel extensively, often at short notice, and be able to work under pressure. Good written and oral presentation skills, strong interpersonal abilities and computer literacy are all vital.
Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and include a generous benefits package.
If you feel you meet the above criteria and would like further details, please download an application form and send it to:
ITOPF Limited, 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1HQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7566 6999 Fax: +44 (0)20 7566 6950
Closing date – February 28th 2014
22nd January 2014
ITOPF’s Technical Information Papers Now Available in Korean
ITOPF’s series of Technical Information Papers (TIPs), providing practical guidance on oil and chemical spill response in the marine environment, is now available in Korean.
We are grateful to the Korean Coastguard (KCG) for their translation of the 17 papers, and to the Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM) and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) for their additional assistance.
The TIPs are based on the experience of ITOPF's technical staff at 700 pollution incidents worldwide, including over 50 in South Korea. They also reflect recent developments and technological advances in spill response.
Dr Karen Purnell, ITOPF’s Managing Director, commented “We are delighted that, with the kind support of KCG, ITOPF’s technical expertise can now reach a far wider audience in a country that has experienced many spills, including the largest tanker spill in recent years, the HEBEI SPIRIT.”
The new translations can be freely downloaded from the publications page of our website along with Chinese, Russian, French and English versions. Spanish TIPs are due later this year.
View Korean publications page.
22nd January 2014
Downward trend in spills is maintained despite blip
Quantities of oil spilt >7 tonnes (rounded to nearest thousand), 1970-2013
(Download a PDF of the graph)
ITOPF's tanker spill statistics released today showed a slight increase in the number of large spills from tankers in 2013 compared to the previous two years but the downward trend is maintained.
Although the volume of oil spilt is also up on the last two years, the total quantity spilt so far this decade is only a sixth of that spilt for the same period in the previous decade.
Three oil spills of 700 tonnes or more occurred last year with one incident accounting for the vast majority of the total. In October the MT YONG WIN 3 reportedly capsized and sank spilling an estimated 5,000 tonnes of diesel oil. Two other incidents resulted in a spill of about 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil and 800 tonnes of bitumen respectively. These incidents illustrate the unpredictability of spills and the importance of preparing to respond to the range of oils involved.
Further information is available on our statistics page.
14th January 2014