Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Charlie Miller retires as CEO of Ecochlor; Steve Candito named as Successor

SCAA Member Steve Candito
Ecochlor, Inc. announced that Charlie Miller has retired as CEO with Steve Candito named as his successor. Steve started his new role on August 8, 2017 with Charlie to assist during the transition.

Tom Perlich, Ecochlor Founder and President, said, “Charlie has been instrumental in Ecochlor’s growth over the last 15 years. During his tenure, we have put together a skilled and experienced team, and find ourselves positioned as a global front-runner in the BWT industry. While Charlie will be missed, I am equally confident in the leadership of his replacement, Steve Candito, as he assumes the role of our new CEO. Steve comes from a strong background in the maritime industry and has an excellent performance record in all that he has undertaken. I look forward to being part of Steve’s vision for Ecochlor’s continued growth!”

Prior to joining Ecochlor, Steve was Founder, President and CEO of Foresea Consulting where he provided various advisory services including strategic planning, regulatory compliance and crisis management to the maritime and environmental communities. Before Foresea, he was President and CEO of National Response Corporation (NRC). During his 20+ years at NRC he grew the business from a start-up to a leading global emergency response and environmental services firm. He has extensive experience with OPA 90 compliance issues with particular focus on vessel owner and insurance matters.

Steve was previously an attorney with Haight Gardner Poor & Havens from 1985 to 1993 where he specialized in maritime litigation and environmental law. He also served as a marine engineer aboard Exxon USA’s domestic tanker fleet. Steve graduated from Hofstra University School of Law and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

“My entire career has been focused on either working for or assisting shipowners, so when the Ecochlor opportunity presented itself I knew I found a way to continue those efforts within the same network,” said Steve. “The Ecochlor System is different from other ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) because it truly solves a complicated need for vessels with high ballast flow rates without the high-power consumption and space requirements of other technologies. I truly believe that Ecochlor’s BWTS is the best option for most shipowners. With USCG Type Approval imminent, we are getting ready to gear up to manufacture and install a record number of systems in the very near future. It is an exciting time to be part of this great team!”

Monday, July 24, 2017

SCAA President Devin Grennan Interviewed by Greg Leatherman of ECO magazine

The following article was published in ECO (environment coastal & offshore) magazine in their July/August 2017 edition:

An Interview with Devon Grennan:  President of the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA)

ECO Editor, Greg Leatherman, met with Grennan at the International Oil Spill Conference in May 2017 to discuss his work with SCAA and where he sees the organization going in the future.

Read the article from ECO magazine here

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Real Story Behind the Attack on SMFF Regulations

The American Salvage Association (ASA) Sets the Record Straight.

In a Marine News article published in their July 2017 edition, ASA’s Todd Schauer (SCAA Member Resolve Marine Group) writes to set the record straight on this important issue, which is supported by multiple other organizations that represent the four pillars of the maritime emergency response community including SCAA, which attended a meeting at the Washington, DC press conference in May and also signed a letter of support presented by ASA last month.

Todd Schauer is the Director of Operations, Resolve Marine Group and President of the American Salvage Association. 

“The U.S. salvage industry came under attack at a recent Congressional hearing on May 3rd by a special commercial interest that is promoting its own agenda. The American Salvage Association (ASA) intends to set the record straight. At the hearing, the attacking group made false allegations that the Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) resource providers are not willing or contractually obligated to respond and lack the resources to meet regulated response requirements. At the same hearing, this group also criticized the U.S. Coast Guard’s oversight of the Vessel Response Plan (VRP) Program. The fact that this entity can provide none of the required 19 SMFF services themselves has not slowed their aggressive lobbying of Congress nor their promoting of a very dangerous precedent that would have dramatic cost implications for all vessel owners should it get traction.”

Thursday, July 20, 2017

OBG Conducts Environmental Unit Short Course at IOSC with NOAA and CA OSPR

Submitted by SCAA Member Lawrence Malizzi, OBG

Lyle Trumbull and Kyle Kolwaite of OBG, John Tarpley and Paige Doelling of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Corey Kong of the California Office of Oil Spill Preparedness and Response (CAOSPR) conducted a half-day Environmental Unit (EU) short course during the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Long Beach, CA in May.  The course focused on the fundamental requirements and duties of the Environmental Unit Leader (EUL) within the EU as it pertains to operating within the Incident Command System (ICS).  The is EU is located within the Planning Section and is often tasked with supporting the response effort by identifying resources at risk, managing the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) program, leading Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations, National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 Consultations, waste management, community air monitoring, and collectively managing environmental stakeholder issues.  A unique aspect of the course was that the attendees were polled in the beginning of the course which allowed them to choose the order in which the above listed topics were presented.  This lead to a lively discussion and a focus on the topics of most interest to the attendees.  Course attendees included representatives from domestic and international oil and gas companies, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and international government agencies.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SCAA to Attend Clean Gulf 2017

The Spill Control Association of America will be attending CLEAN GULF 2017 and will have an exhibitor booth.  The dates are December 5-7, 2017 in Houston, TX. 

The CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition is the annual event that delivers solutions for spill prevention, preparedness and response. It brings together all parties responsible for response operations from North America and beyond to hear best practices and build relationships vital to a successful response on land or water. A strong relationship between all parties is the foundation of a successful response, and CLEAN GULF has helped forge these relationships for the last 26 years. 

Stop by and see us at our booth this year!

 Conference Tracks for CLEAN GULF 2017 Include:
  • Response
  • Planning and Preparedness
  • Subsea and Dispersants
  • Inland Preparedness and Response
  • Emerging Trends
  • Information/Response Technologies and Research

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SCAA President Devon Grennan publishes column in the June edition of Marine News magazine

In his writing, Devon gives his opinion on the following questions:

-What are the biggest challenges the spill response industry faces in light of the current political and economic climate in the United States?

-And what is SCAA doing to meet these challenges?

His article appears on page 18 of the June edition of Marine News.  You can read it by clicking the link below:


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SCAA member Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. Opens New Office in Juneau, Alaska

SCAA member Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. opened a new office in Juneau, Alaska officially on June 1st!  Their lead manager is Bill Akan, who has been with Global for many years.  Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. will be able to perform full commercial diving services, environmental and casualty response operations, and marine construction support services at this new location.  They invite you to come by and see them at 13395 Glacier Highway or call directly at (907) 780-5811.

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. office in Juneau, Alaska