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.