Thursday, June 14, 2018

Save the Date for SCAA's 2019 Annual Meeting & Conference

Save the Date!
2019 SCAA Annual Meeting & Conference
March 26-27, 2019

Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport
2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202

Gather with the leaders in the spill control industry and gain exposure to cutting edge business information specifically targeting spill control professionals during the 2019 SCAA Annual Meeting & Conference. Nowhere else will you learn from and exchange information with the very best that the spill control industry has to offer. Designed with your business needs in mind, the SCAA Annual Meeting & Conference will provide you with winning ideas, revenue producing tips and tactics, plus a powerful networking opportunity with the industry’s key players.

It’s not just another meeting to go to, it’s a community of like minded people trying to build relationships needed to foster new opportunities and strengthen current ones."
- Matt Melton, General Manager, Alaska Chadux Corporation

Stay Tuned!...More information to come. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

National Response Corporation acquires SWS Environmental Services

SCAA member National Response Corporation (“NRC” or the “Company”) announced on May 14th it has acquired SWS Environmental Services, Inc. (“SWS”), significantly adding to its national
footprint and expanding its full line of compliance and environmental services.

Since 1974, SWS has been providing a broad range of essential services including industrial, hazardous waste management, emergency response, marine, and remediation services to the energy,
manufacturing, education, healthcare, chemical, transportation, government, and retail sectors.
Employing over 250 personnel, SWS is a customer‐focused company with 21 locations servicing 17
states throughout the Midwest, Gulf Coast, and Southeastern U.S.

NRC combines extensive technical expertise, broad geographic reach, differentiated assets, essential
regulatory certifications, and a specialized workforce to address customers’ recurring environmental
service and regulatory compliance requirements, including standby, industrial, hazardous waste
management, emergency response, marine, and remediation services. The Company is the largest
commercial oil spill response organization (OSRO) with worldwide operations.

“This acquisition truly complements our existing U.S. footprint with virtually no overlap, enhancing our ability to reach customers throughout the U.S.” said NRC CEO Paul Taveira. “It strengthens our national capabilities and our geographic reach, better enabling us to service our national and international client base.”

“This acquisition enhances our capabilities to provide our core suite of services to our national and
regional customers, providing them with greater synergies across their entire enterprise,” added Lou
O’Brien, SVP Sales & Marketing. “For more than 24 years, NRC has been renowned for its oil spill
standby and response capabilities. We have now completed nine strategic acquisitions over the past
five years including ENPRO Services, Op‐Tech Environmental Services, Sureclean Limited, Emerald
Alaska, Specialized Response Solutions, Boom Technology, Water Truck Services, and CleanLine WWS.  As a result, we now provide a broader suite of compliance and environmental services than any other company in our market segments.”

Eric Zimmer, SWS CEO commented, "We are excited to join the NRC group which will allow us to expand our geographic footprint. We will continue to provide our clients with cost‐effective solutions to a wide range of environmental concerns while growing our business using NRC’s strong global presence."

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Raising Lihue

ILWACO — It takes a village to raise a boat. On April 17, dozens of workers arrived by truck, boat and barge to help remove a derelict 79-year-old tuna troller from the Port of Ilwaco marina.

Abandoned in Ilwaco
The Lihue II was more or less an orphan. Its owner abandoned it at the port in mid-November 2017. On Nov. 18, it sank during a storm. Fast action by port employees, the Coast Guard and environmental agencies kept the boat from spilling much oil, but Port Manager Guy Glenn Jr. still had to figure out what to do with it.

With help from the state Department of Natural Resources Derelict Vessel Program, Glenn gained legal custody of the boat, and arranged to have SCAA member Global Diving and Salvage, a Seattle company that has done a lot of work for the state, remove it.

Getting rid of an old boat isn’t cheap — Glenn said it cost about $188,000. While the Derelict Vessel Program will likely pay about 90 percent of the cost, the cash-strapped port will still have to pay at least 10 percent. However, the boat was taking up two slips that can be rented to paying customers during the upcoming fishing season. It was also a potential environmental and safety hazard, and a temptation for unsavory types who like to forage for scrap metal.

So long, Lihue
Last Tuesday morning, Salvage Master Kris Lindberg paced on the dock in orange rain gear and a sticker-covered hardhat, occasionally giving orders through his two-way radio. Below the murky water, a diver was unfurling enormous yellow straps behind him as he swam underneath the Lihue. A brawny man in a wetsuit and a hardhat treaded water next to the badly listing boat, working to secure the yellow straps to huge iron hooks hanging from a crane.

Once, the boat was hospital white with neat black trim and a red keel. The keel still bore a red stain, but most of the paint had long since been supplanted by rust and slick green moss.
A few workers in a little boat bobbed around the perimeter, providing supplies and managing the orange plastic boom that had been placed around the boat to keep oil from spreading. A couple stories above them, more workers watched from the deck of the enormous barge supplied by subcontractor Advanced American Construction. And on the deck of the barge sat a royal blue Millenium crane that towered over everything else in the Port of Ilwaco.

A ring up bubbles formed on the surface of the water, and moved gradually toward the dock. A black diving helmet rigged with flashlights emerged from the water, and then the diver popped up and climbed ladder onto a neighboring charter boat, where still more workers greeted him with a towel. It was time to lift the Lihue.

Hole in the hull
When the Lihue went down, it filled with water. Now, it all had to come out. Workers on the dock began feeding hoses in through the cabin and other openings, and fiddling with a row of diesel-powered pumps on the dock. At a signal from Lindberg, the pumps roared to life and began spewing hundreds of gallons of filthy bilgewater. As the boat emptied out, it gradually began to rise.
The men turned the pumps off, and several of them climbed onto the surfaced boat. They moved all over its slimy surfaces, removing hoses, checking and double-checking the hooks and straps, inspecting every component of the old boat to make sure it could withstand the stress of being airborne.

Finally, about an hour later, they were satisfied that the old wooden boat was ready to fly.

By air and by sea
Barges aren’t exactly compact. Because the operators had to park the barge at the end of the dock, they couldn’t get the crane arm close enough to lift the Lihue straight out of her slip. So before the Lihue could fly, she had to make one last, brief sea-voyage. The crane operator slowly backed the boat out of its slip into the main channel, then swung the boom around, pulling the Lihue up next to the other side of the barge. High above, a row of men grabbed yellow lines and stood in a row, leaning back at 45 degree angles to the ground in an epic-game of tug-o-war. They grimaced and strained as they pulled her closer to the side of the barge.

In the water, the hulking wooden boat seemed very big. But as the workers hoisted her into the air, she lost all sense of scale. Floating above the marina, the once-stately Lihue suddenly looked like an old-fashioned toy boat.

A few boats putted out to watch as the Lihue rose into the air, climbing until she was several yards above the deck of the barge. People in the marina stopped what they were doing to record the proceedings on their phones, and the crew of a Coast Guard boat watched from the harbor.

Many wondered if the old, water-logged tub might splinter under her own weight once the workers lifted her up, but she held. There were no ominous cracks or groans; not even a deluge of water streaming off the hull.

The crane operator retracted the arm until the troller was hovering over the deck, dwarfing the orange-vested workers charged with guiding her into place. Slowly, slowly, the crane operator lowered her down. She settled softly onto the deck.

Using a crane is “actually pretty common for a vessel of that size that’s on its side,” said Katie Stewart, a Global Diving and Salvage spokeswoman. “The only way to get the water out is to lift it upright.”

Stewart said the nasty weather earlier in the month forced Global to postpone the operation a couple of times. By the time the weather was good enough to move the boat safely, the barge was almost out of time before it had to move on to another job. Aside from that, Stewart said, the operation went smoothly. Global found a small amount of asbestos on the boat, which raised the cost of disposal by a few thousand dollars, Glenn said.

After nearly 80 years on the water, the Lihue was consigned to spend her final moments on land. Crews removed steel and other metal components for recycling. Then, Stewart said, the rest of the old wooden tuna troller was disposed of as construction debris in a landfill.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Astoria Cannery Oil Spill Cleanup

In late January at the site of an old cannery in Astoria, OR, a 5,000 gallon tank holding bunker C heavy fuel oil ruptured when the dilapidated pier above it collapsed during a storm. The US Coast Guard was notified of the oil in the water, and contracted SCAA member company Global for the spill response; initially the main concern was containing the spill and preventing it from traveling up the Columbia River. Global immediately responded with a team of environmental technicians and divers, assisted by workers from the Tongue Point Job Corps. Crews deployed two layers of hard containment boom around the area; one long length of boom enclosed the entire area surrounding the marina, seawall, and cannery up onto shore, and a shorter length of boom was used within that to encircle the pier containing the leaking tank. Sorbents were deployed and a skimmer was used within the boomed off area to remove as much oil as possible. Crews were initially working around the clock to deploy boom and sorbents, running the skimmer, adjusting boom that became hung up on the pilings during high tide, and double-bagging used sorbents for proper disposal.

Although the crew’s initial cleanup efforts were successful, more oil was released from the tank with every tide cycle, repeatedly fouling the area; it was quickly determined that the oil tank would need to be removed. A crane barge was brought in, and divers rigged the tank for removal. The tank was lifted out and placed in containment; more than 2,000 gallons of bunker C oil was collected. With the source of the oil removed, crews used the crane barge to lift out the inner and outer layers of contaminated boom and place it into lined dumpsters proper disposal. The team redeployed two layers of clean boom, again going from the seawall to land with the outer layer, and lined the basin between the cannery pier and the marina with the inner layer. Once containment boom was in place, the outer and inner layers were lined with sausage boom and snare (pompoms) to collect oils released from the rip rap and piles during tide cycles. During booming operations, a second crew used sprayers to remove oil from the marina walls and piles. Crews continued to monitor the site for two weeks, replacing sorbents and snare as needed until officials determined the spill area was clear. Global’s environmental technicians collected and bagged the remaining sorbents for proper disposal; the containment boom was retrieved and decontaminated for future reuse.

“The rerelease of the bunker C oil with every tide cycle was the biggest challenge,” said Scott Hynd, Global Environmental Operations Manager. “Every time the crews would get it cleaned up the tide would come in and release more oil. It was also very windy and rainy, and that makes any operation more difficult. Once we got the tank removed, everything started moving forward and our team got the situation resolved quickly.”

Thursday, March 1, 2018

SCAA Executive Director Position

The Spill Control Association of America (SCAA), a non-profit association, is seeking a part-time Executive Director. SCAA is the leading advocacy organization for the maritime and terrestrial spill response community in and around the United States. See below for more information. Visit our website to learn more about SCAA at Thank you!

SCAA was founded in 1973 to actively promote the interests of all groups within the spill response community. Our organization represents spill response contractors, manufacturers, distributors, consultants, instructors, government & training institutions and corporations working in the industry. SCAA is The Voice of Spill Response Professionals.

SCAA’s mission is to represent this broad industry membership to collectively address Industry challenges, in order to strengthen and improve our nation’s response community.

The general responsibilities of the part-time Executive Director include:
·         Establish and maintain regular communication with SCAA Officers
·         Serve as primary SCAA staff liaison to the SCAA Officers and Board of Directors
·         Supervise SCAA staff by providing direction and management
·         Support Government Affairs Committee by participating in the committee, interaction with regulatory agencies as requested
·         Represent SCAA and participate on behalf of SCAA in meetings, conferences, and seminars as requested
·         Support Liaison with other Associations such as APICOM, ASA, APOL, AAR, ISCO, etc.
·         Support the Membership Committee with membership recruitment
·         Support the Planning Committee with SCAA Annual Conference and associated events as requested
·         Support and encourage the Future Environmental Leaders (FEL) Committee with ensuring SCAA Environmental Excellence Program annual awards
·         Explore, develop, and recommend policies to support SCAA’s Vision and Mission
·         Explore, develop, and recommend programs to grow membership, add value to membership, retain membership, and adding services and benefits to all members
·         Knowledge and familiarity of SCAA Bylaws, Annual Budget, Business Plan and Budget/Strategic Work Plan
Qualifications include:
·         At least 5 years of knowledge and experience in oil and hazardous material response and industry services.
·         Familiarization with associated and industry legislation and regulations.
·         Strong organizational skills including planning, managing staff, program development, and task facilitation.
·         Ability and discipline to work in a virtual office/telecommuting environment.
·         Preferred if residing in a reasonable proximity to SCAA headquarters located in Old Town Alexandria, VA.
·         Ability to interact, collaborate, and communicate with Board of Directors, Membership, Federal, State, and Local regulatory agencies, and staff
·         Strong written and oral skills.
·         Strong public speaking ability.
·         Ability to travel.
Send resume and interest to

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Attend SCAA’s Annual Meeting & Conference March 20-21, 2018

Here's Why You Need to Attend SCAA’s Annual Meeting & Conference

March 20-21, 2018
Arlington, VA

Hilton Crystal City Hotel
2399 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Conference Program:
View the Program Agenda here

Offering You a World of Ideas, Information, Tips and Contacts...
Come gather with the leaders in the spill control industry and gain exposure to cutting edge business information specifically targeting spill control.  Nowhere else will you learn from and exchange information with the very best that the spill control industry has to offer.  Designed with your business needs in mind, the SCAA Annual Meeting & Conference will provide you with winning ideas, revenue producing tips & tactics, plus a powerful networking opportunity with the industry’s key players.

For those considering membership in SCAA, this is your best opportunity to meet face-to-face with members of SCAA's professional network to discuss the many benefits of membership as well as the chance to meet with senior representatives of the various Federal agencies who regulate our industry, and express any issues of concern that impact our industry.

Compelling Speakers:
“High-profile” speakers from business and government will be featured throughout the event. Each speaker is chosen to give you “sought-after” insight and information on industry and business trends that will help you position your business for continued success.

Interactive Panel Discussions:

Join a discussion of important topics! This year’s annual meeting will include panel discussions involving content experts who will lead the group by offering innovative insights, spurring discussion and ensuring an excellent interactive experience.

Exhibiting Opportunities for Members:
SCAA Member Companies who choose to be exhibitors during this event will be able to display their products and literature at their table-top exhibit booth during the reception.  Full details of exhibitor benefits are provided on the event website. 

Visit the 2018 SCAA Annual Meeting & Conference Website

The experience alone is well worth the entire trip!

Register Today!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

M/V Eventide Vessel Removal | Bremerton, WA

The 83’ recreational vessel M/V Eventide, a former US Coast Guard cutter, sank while moored at the marina breakwater in Bremerton, WA. Marina personnel placed containment boom and absorbents around the sunken vessel, and SCAA member Global was contacted to perform defueling operations. Divers searched for leaking pollution and sealed underwater vents, but the vessel was initially too lively to allow safe defueling and operations were halted. After the stern of the vessel settled to the bottom of the marina in approximately 60 fsw, divers were able to remove 1,500 gallons of mixed fuel and water from two tanks (totaling 179 gallons of fuel after being separated).

The Eventide had been modified significantly from its original ship drawings, so Global’s naval architect was consulted to provide accurate weight and force measurements for lifting. A derrick barge and a deck barge with sealed bin walls were mobilized and positioned adjacent to the Eventide on the other side of the breakwater. The vessel was rigged with 4 12-inch wide nylon straps run to spreader bars, then lifted to the surface with the crane. Once the decks were awash the vessel was dewatered and contaminates contained; the crane then lifted the Eventide over the breakwater and placed it onto the deck barge.

The vessel was surveyed for hazardous material abatement, and then held until approved was received for demolition and recycling. Demolition was performed on the deck barge; all contaminates and debris were contained and then properly disposed of or recycled. Over the course of the demolition, Global’s crews removed batteries, fire extinguishers, asbestos and PCBs, 1,300 gallons of oily waste water, 70 tons of debris, and 20 tons of material for recycling. 

        Boom is placed around the Eventide to mitigate any oil or fuel release during
defueling and vessel removal.

  Global’s salvage crews lift the Eventide over the breakwater for placement on the deck barge.
The Eventide is broken down for recycling and disposal.