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ITAC Forum 2022

Tuesday, October 4, 2022


OSRL is pleased to announce the annual ITAC meeting will take place during the International Oil Spill Science Conference in Halifax, Canada on the 4th of October 2022.

Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) at IOSSC 2022 program:


0800 Breakfast

0900 IOSSC 2022 Opening: Ken Lee, DFO

0920 Introduction to ITAC, Paul Schuler, OSRL

0940 TROPICS: a 32-year study of Damage and Recovery, Abby Renegar, NSU

1000 Historical Effectiveness of Mechanical Recovery, Tim Nedwed, ExxonMobil

1020 Coffee/Tea Break & Networking

1040 Enhanced Boom design, Dispersant studies, Michel Boufadel, NJIT

1100 Subsea Dispersant Injection (SSDI), Responder Health & Safety: Victoria Broje, Shell

1120 DWH Counter-historical, significance for response: Deborah French-McCay

1140 Water Column Monitoring, Per Johan Brandvik, SINTEF

1200 Lunch

1300 Wildlife Response: Rich Davi, ExxonMobil

1320 Remotely Operated Unmanned Service Vehicle (ROSV), Scott Pegau, OSRI

1340 Sri Lanka Plastic Nurdles Response, Rhea Shears, OSRL

1400 Science-driven response; recent cases, Richard Johnson, ITOPF

1420 Ship-to-Ship transfer contingency planning: Rodrigo Cochrane, Petrobras

1440 Good Practice Guides: Maria Hartley, Chevron

1500 Coffee/Tea Break & Networking

1530 Responder Roundtable: (8-10 minutes each)

WCMRC, Lee Hammond

CGA, Frank Paskewich

MSRC, Kevin Hoskins

NOFO, Kåre-Ludwig Jørgensen

OSRL, Rob Holland

1630 Interactive Q&A with Roundtable

1650 ITAC 2023 and Closing (10 minutes)


Please note: IOSSC 2022 continues through to Friday, October 7

Download the program here: ITAC 2022 Program v.5.pdf


ITAC Attendees 

ITAC’s membership comprises the oil industry (i.e. members of OSRL and other GRN OSROs) international organisations (ITOPF, IMO, IOPC etc), and 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 the 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. 




Additional information: 

ITAC is an industry-led group that addresses issues and advancements in international oil spill preparedness, response, and applied science and technology.  ITAC seeks to expand knowledge and exchanges within the industry and with response organizations, government regulators, and the academic, science, and technical community. ITAC typically holds its annual forum in conjunction with marine and oceanographic institutions, such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and the National Oceanography Centre. 


The story so far

ITAC is a technical forum that 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 the last twenty years and its model has changed in recent times. Recognising that much of the delivery industry technical outputs are 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.