As the Voice of Spill Response Professionals, the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) is supporting and assisting with the planning and coordination of IOSC 2014 on May 5-8 in Savannah, Ga. SCAA encouraged all members to attend IOSC, submit technical papers, volunteer as technical paper review team members and demonstrate equipment technologies. The centerpiece of SCAA's support during this year's Conference is working with the U.S. Coast Guard IOSC Program Planning Committee and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to develop and facilitate the On-Water and Aerial Technology Demonstration schedule for 5 p.m. on May 7. The theme of the demonstration is "A Complete Spill Response System." The objective is to demonstrate oil spill response resources involving the newest and existing technologies, configured to increase the effectiveness of a response such as improved detection, tracking and increased encounter and recovery of oil and other hazardous materials in the future.
The demonstration scenario will revolve around a simulated spill that is initially indicated by a remote detection device that sends an alert, with coordinates, to all parties involved in such an event, from the responsible party to the responders. The 45-minute demonstration will take place during a 90 minute outdoor reception for all conference attendees and will include a description of the equipment deployed with live visual data feeds from the aerial unmanned air systems, aerostat and vessel installed oil detection equipment.
SCAA represents a broad membership of emergency responders, manufacturers and environmental firms who collectively address Industry challenges, in order to strengthen and improve our nation's response community. Its members have shown their commitment to the protection and the preservation of our vital waterways through their very active participation in all response and cleanup efforts whenever contaminants threaten our waters, most notably during the Deepwater Horizon cleanup and recovery efforts in 2010 and, more recently, the Texas City "Y" oil spill in March, 2014. SCAA said the following member companies will participate in the demonstration: Clean Gulf Associates, Elastec American Marine, Marine Spill Response Corporation, Moran Environmental Recovery, NRC (National Response Corporation) and QualiTech Environmental.