Tuesday, April 28, 2015

USCG, WDOE Plan Seattle Spill Preparedness Seminar

By Mark Edward Nero

The US Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology plan to host a spill preparedness conference May 20-21 at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle.

The two-day seminar is being presented as an opportunity to discuss the latest in spill-recovery theory and technology. The sessions focus on topics including remote oil sensing technology, sinking oils, software tools and best practices.

“In the response business, there is no room for complacency,” said Capt. Robert Pearce, chief of response, Coast Guard 13th District. “Knowing about the latest game-changing technology is important. Opportunities are everywhere. We need to continue to identify them.”

Scheduled topics and speakers include:
  • “Subsurface Oil Detection and Mapping on Shoreline, Shallow Water and Inland Spills,” with Dr. Ed Owens, principal, Coastal Consultants Ltd.
  • “Sinking Oil/The Tank Barge DBL-152 Response: Lessons Learned,” with Jim Elliott of T&T Bisso.
  • “System Performance Considerations for Controlled Burning and Dispersants, Including Cold Climate Operations,” with Dean Dale of GENWEST and Al Allen of Spiltec.
  • “Developments in Interactive Digital Situation Status and Common Operating Picture Display Processes, featuring Fred LeJeune of ConocoPhillips.
  • “New Capabilities in Aerial Remote Sensing for Real-time Tactical Use During Oil Spills,” with Dr. Jan Svejkovsky of Ocean Imaging.

Seat reservations can be made by completing an RSVP request at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/preparedness/BAPConference.html
For more information, contact Sonja.Larson@ecy.wa.gov or Scott.R.Knutson@uscg.mil.