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ITAC 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


OSRL is pleased to announce dates for the annual ITAC meeting, which will be co-hosted by The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton, UK on 2nd – 4th October 2019.


Event Highlights

Updates from the Responder Community



Low Sulphur Fuel Oils

Fate, behaviour, response techniques

and current research


Next Generation of Spill Research Scientists

Rapid impact assessment tools and

role of microbial degradation


The Use of Dispersants in Marine

Oil Spill Response

2019 National Academies

of Sciences report

Agenda now available click here

Why you won't want to miss ITAC?

  • iTAC is a forum for presenting and exchanging scientific and technical information on spill preparedness and response
  • iTAC is an assembly of a diverse group of spill response and research professionals
  • iTAC articulates industry positions on key international issues
  • iTAC identifies and addresses high consequence issues that impinge on effective oil spill preparedness and response
  • iTAC develops dialogue and links between the research/academic and the response communities to enhance mutual understanding, improve science-based decision-making and to promote relevant oil spill research
  • iTAC engages and encourages new audiences to oil spill preparedness, response, technology and management
  • iTAC highlights advances and emerging technologies in oil spill preparedness and response.

Download the PDF version here.


If you are interested in registering for this event or have any questions please contact:

Rob Holland - Technical Lead -




ITAC Attendees 

ITAC’s membership comprises oil industry (i.e. members of OSRL and other GRN OSROs) international organisations (ITOPF, IMO, IOPC etc), Governmental organisations (USCG, NOAA, etc...) R&D institutes (SINTEF, CEDRE, GoMRI etc...).  It also includes academic institutes involved in industry backed studies, and other organisations with a non-commercial interest in improving oil spill response.   

The connection with academia is an important feature of the ITAC model recognising that industry is a big financial supporter of university-based research but sometimes there has been a disconnect with the sharing of knowledge and outputs from these studies with “industry” which ITAC tries to address. 


About ITAC

The Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) is non-commercial and is driven by OSRL as part of our advocacy programme, recognising the benefits of engaging our front-line response staff in industry-focussed technical discussion central to developing more effective oil spill response. We hold an ITAC meeting once per year, hosted in different locations with the meeting chaired by different ITAC members. We try to blend both international themes with items of regional interest according to where the meeting is being held.


The story so far

ITAC is a technical forum which was established in 1996 to address oil spill response (OSR) issues of interest to its member organisations and the wider response community. ITAC projects sought to provide advice, technical support, good-practice guidelines and benchmarking on key issues such as new technological developments in oil spill response techniques, training and response capabilities. 

ITAC has evolved over last twenty years and his model has changed in recent times. Recognising that much of the delivery industry technical outputs is now being channelled through the IOGP/IPIECA JIP and the API projects in the US.  ITAC has now been cast in the role of supporting outreach and communication for those industry technical outputs to reach a broader church of stakeholders in the wider oil spill community.  As such ITAC no longer “delivers” tangible work items but now offers a forum for knowledge sharing and information exchange.