Spill Control Association of America (SCAA)
As a member of the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA), you will benefit from the experience of an association that has been serving the needs of the response industry since 1973. You will have access to a forum that is willing to listen to your frustrations and concerns, then take action on your behalf when necessary. You will have the opportunity to participate in SCAA’s annual meeting and regional meetings, where you can meet with your colleagues in the industry, and become more familiar with them. Not only is this a good business practice, it also provides you with the opportunity to obtain some new business. As a member in good standing, your company will be listed on the SCAA web site at no cost, providing you with both the credibility and presitige associated with being a part of our nationwide organization. This listing will also give your company higher web visibility and recognition, while keeping you informed on industry trends, regulations, and other related news. You will be kept informed of developments in our profession through SCAA’s weekly newsletter (the “Spill Briefs”). The newsletter serves as the association’s sounding-board, whereby you, as a member, are kept up-to-date on the issues facing other members across the nation and have the opportunity to bring your own issues and concerns to the attention of SCAA’s membership. You will also have the opportunity to participate in discussions and/or meetings that may shape the future of our profession. This is particularly true in the case of SCAA’s quality partnership for marine safety and environmental protection with the U.S. Coast Guard and Association of Petroleum Industry Co-op Managers (“APICOM”)
The Association of Petroleum Industry Co-Op Managers (APICOM) is an association of unaffiliated petroleum industry Oil Spill Cooperative managers. The Association meets for the mutual benefits of the member to exchange information and best practice as it relates to global oil spill response and includes support through mutual aid agreements (people and equipment). APICOM is also a member of the Partnership Action Team which is made up of APICOM, SCAA (Spill Control Association of America) and the U.S. Coast Guard. Founded in 1972, APICOM serves as an advisory body for the development of standards, regulations and policies related to global oil spill response.
UK Spill Association
UKSPILL is an independent spill industry trade organisation formed in late 2004. Membership has grown to over 100 members, both those who are active in the inland spill markets, and those who trade internationally, as manufacturers, responders, and technical consultants, and participate vigorously at overseas exhibitions and conferences. UKSPILL has also taken a lead in organising events both in UK, and overseas. www.interspill.com
Membership of UKSPILL has broadened, and includes non commercial organisations and individuals who have interests in the oil spill industry, as well as the commercial organisations who were founders of the group. UKSPILL continues to have the support of the UK Environment and Maritime Agencies. UKSPILL, in association with the regulatory agencies, targets uniform standards for spill response in the UK through an Accreditation scheme for spill response contractors, the UK SPILL CONTRACTORS ACCREDITATION SCHEME.
ISCO – The International Spill Control Organisation
The International Spill Control Organisation – was incorporated in London in 1984 as a non-profit-making organisation, dedicated to improving worldwide preparedness for response to oil and chemical spills. The founding members of ISCO were the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA), the British Oil Spill Control Association (BOSCA) and the Spill Control Association of France (SYCOPOL). Now, membership of ISCO has been broadened and is open to all professionals, companies and organisations involved in Spill Control and related disciplines. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), European Community (EC) and other organisations involved in promoting legislation and other measures to improve the world’s capability to respond effectively to oil and chemical spills have the benefit of inputs from national governments, petroleum industry organisations and environmental groups. There is a vast resource of knowledge and experience amongst spill response professionals – dedicated men and women in spill control manufacturing, response companies, co-operatives, consultancies, universities, research and training establishments. The implementation of global measures to counter pollution depends to a high degree on these professionals and their organisations but, without focus, they have no voice. IMO and other relevant world organisations cannot communicate directly with the oil spill control industry as a whole and cannot easily access the expertise therein. The International Spill Control Organisation was established to correct this situation, and to enhance the value of the already substantial contribution made by professionals to the world effort to combat pollution. New initiatives in ISCO are of practical benefit to its members, helping them to to build incident response capacity in response to new challenges, to enhance competence, and to keep abreast of new technologies, new legislation and other matters of mutual interest.
The Oil Spill Control Association (SYCOPOL) of France is a group of companies incolved in water and ground pollution control at international level. It gathers together: equipment manufacturers, chemical producers, services suppliers. Its objective is to provide customers with strike-teams, equipment, products and techniques ensuring comprehensive, fast, coordinated, therefore efficient responses. With its wide ranging products and services, SYCOPOL is able to respond to all needs relating to oil spill control at sea, on rivers, lakes, ponds and beaches. Prevention and organization of efficient means of intervention at sea are often the best way of avoiding a catastrophe. That is the prime role of SYCOPOL with its international services organizations. They have at their disposal aerial means and an extensive fleet of tugs, boats, and barges for off-shore towage and submarine tasks when required. Accidental discharges are the nightmare of the oil industry. To the vulnerable marine environment, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as even a few lost hours in response time could mean the difference between a minor mishap or a major disaster.
Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association
Founded in 1993, NOSCA – the Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association – is a non-profit cooperative of companies, R&D institutions and government pollution control authority SFT, established to develop equipment and contingency planning for oil spill emergencies. NOSCA members join forces to share their environmental technologies worldwide, assisting other nations, port authorities and private companies to build an effective contingency infrastructure for oil spill prevention and recovery. International Cooperation Nosca’s efforts to share its collective environmental knowledge with other countries in the world have resulted in a comprehensive network of experts and resources. Nosca has also played a key role in the European version of the biannual International Oil Spill Conference and Exhibition held in the USA. NOSCA in co-operation with SYCOPOL, CEDRE and BOSCA has established Interspill, and the first conference and exhibition took place in Brighton/England in 2000 and Norway in 2004.
SPILL RESPONSE GROUP HOLLAND ( SRGH )
Spill Response Group Holland (SRGH) association represents Dutch Companies supplying equipment, services and knowlegde for all aspects of marine, inland waters and coastal pollution control. Today the association exist out of 20 members and represents all oil and chemical spill response fields. These include manufacturers of response equipment and means, service organizations, oil disposal organizations, consultancy companies, R&D institutes, training institutes, salvage companies, contractors and shipbuilding companies. Over the past years the individual SRGH members has developed into a leading role of great national and international significance. The Spill Response Group Holland is supported by the Ministry of Transport Public Works and Water Management department Rijkswaterstaat responsible for preparation and response of accidental spills on inland waters, the coast and the North Sea in the Netherlands. They are associated member of the SRGH and exchanging information on experiences and new developments with the group.
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