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.
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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. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Lewis Environmental Forms Divisional Offerings

Family of Companies Rebrands, Increasing Focus on Specialized Services 

ROYERSFORD, PA – (December 28, 2017) – Lewis Environmental, a market leader in the environmental contracting industry since 1996, is well known for offering best-in-class emergency response, environmental remediation, industrial maintenance and waste management solutions to client partners who care about quality, safety and value. Less familiar are the company's support services, but that is about to change with the announcement of compelling rebranding that will define divisions and promote specialized services.

Lewis Environmental is continually evolving their offerings and, last year, rolled out Lewis Property Services as a support division to fulfill property maintenance requests from Lewis Environmental clients who required the same level of quality and dependability. Most recently the administrative team directing Lewis Environmental and Lewis Property Services identified another capability that aligned with market needs and started Lewis Development.

To organize the three powerful, but specialized, offerings–Lewis Environmental, Lewis Property Services and Lewis Development– the company executed a strategic rebranding effort that yielded The Lewis Group brand, a collective of affiliate service companies all committed to offering superior solutions including sophisticated environmental solutions, property management services and development opportunities. 

The Lewis Group - Values Based & Solutions Driven. The Lewis Group – Collective of affiliate service companies all committed to offering superior solutions to commercial properties, including sophisticated environmental solutions, property management services and development opportunities.
The Lewis Group - Values Based & Solutions Driven. Lewis Environmental – Best-in-class commercial services expert, offering exceptional emergency response, environmental remediation, industrial maintenance and waste management solutions to client partners who care about quality, safety and value.

The Lewis Group - Values Based & Solutions Driven. Lewis Property Services – Developed as a support division to the environmental services offering, as a solution to offer a complete portfolio of property management and landscape services to client partners who demand excellence as demonstrated by Lewis Environmental.

The Lewis Group - Values Based & Solutions Driven. Lewis Development – Adept and creative brownfield redevelopment company experienced in all phases of commercial property management and partnered with service companies that bring logistical sensibilities and excellent solutions to every start-to-finish, community transforming project.

More information on The Lewis Group's capabilities can be found at

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SCAA Member Global’s Crews Remove More Than 85 vessels from Gulf Coast in Hurricane Harvey Response Efforts

In the 3 months since Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas’ coastal regions, SCAA Member Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has successfully completed more than 85 salvage operations in the region. Under contract to the US Coast Guard ESF-10 Vessel Response, Global worked closely with state and federal agencies to remove the vessels from a 250-square mile area, extending from south of Corpus Christi north to Seadrift, TX. 

Global’s Houston office responded immediately after the hurricane struck, mobilizing crews and equipment to the site. When operations were at their peak, Global had 6 totally independent salvage teams operating from f 5 fully found salvage crane barges, each equipped to support surface-supplied dive and environmental response operations. A fully equipped Dive Support Vessel (DSV) served as a 6th salvage resource.  In addition, three derrick barges were assembled to provide heavy lift capability where needed.  More than 60 employees, including divers, environmental technicians, project managers and support staff, worked 7 days a week to complete removal efforts. 

“As far as the sheer number and variety of vessels recovered over such a large area, this is Global’s largest-scale project to date, and we’re proud of the work we’ve done with the Coast Guard and the State of Texas,” said Kerry Walsh, Global Project Manager. “The logistics required to assemble the armada of salvage platforms was challenging given everything was being completed in an area that was itself deeply suffering the impact of the storm.” 

Global’s crews removed a wide variety of vessels damaged or sunk by the hurricane, including numerous yachts, houseboats, pleasure craft and fishing vessels; the largest being a 75-foot steel shrimp boat sunk and heavily entangled with a second  65-foot shrimper. Global’s crews attended to each casualty, first rigging it for lifting, dewatering and refloating where possible.  Environmental crews recovered fuels, batteries, fire extinguishers and other hazardous materials. With the vessel cleared, it was towed alongside and lifted onto a materials barge, then transferred to the shore side staging area where it was turned over to the State of Texas for final disposition. During the course of the project, Global teams removed thousands of gallons of pollutants and tons of debris from the water and shoreline.

“The variety of the wrecks and where they were situated made removals extremely complicated. Each one of these vessels was a puzzle unto itself,” said David DeVilbiss, Global Vice President of Casualty and Emergency Response. “There were sunken vessels in the middle of the channel, vessels on breakwaters and vessels that were ashore in shallow and sensitive wetland areas. We made sure we had assembled a  toolbox with a range of capabilities, from the flexi-float barges to the 90- and 300-ton crane barges, and then used the appropriate approach for each casualty. Each job was individually challenging; there were not any two recoveries that were the same.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Attend your regional Area Committee Plan meetings

Do you work directly for or alongside any federal or state environmental/emergency agencies?

Attend your regional Area Committee Plan meetings! 

This is a great way to find out what is happening in your region, meet your regulatory peers, and represent your response industry!

The Northwest Area Committee and Regional Response Team held their quarterly meeting in Portland, Oregon on October 17th.  SCAA members from MSRC, NRC Environmental Services and Global Diving & Salvage received updates from United States Coast Guard Sectors Puget Sound and Columbia River, the United States Environmental Protection  Agency, the Washington State Dept. of Ecology, the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality, and the Idaho Office of Emergency Management.  Specific presentations included an overview of a warehouse fire in downtown Portland that had an asbestos response component, the Columbia River inter-tribal fishing commission summary, and Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance Programs.  The group also reviewed the 2017 task forces on Tribal Outreach, Non Floating Oils, Fire with Environmental Response, the 96 Hour Plan Tool Kit, and In-Situ Burning.

Do any of these topics sound like something the commercial response industry should be more involved with?

The next NWAC event is the annual summit on December 7th in downtown Seattle.

This is an opportunity for the response industry to participate in shaping the topics for discussion in 2018.  Visit for more details.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Marine Pollution Control Celebrates 50th Anniversary

SCAA Member Marine Pollution Control is celebrating its 50th Anniversary:

DETROIT, August 14--Detroit’s Marine Pollution Control (MPC), a prominent environmental services company, was started by accident—literally.

In August, 1967, long before oil spills had become much of a concern, the Ford Motor Company spilled about 20,000 gallons of waste oil into the Rouge River.  Uncertain about what to do, Ford personnel met with Dave Usher who, at the time, was hauling waste oil from industrial sites.  Could he clean it up?  Usher did not hesitate:  Sure, he could.  

“I really had no idea about what to do,” said Usher.  “But I bought some vacuum trucks and other equipment and did the job.”

And so, against the backdrop of the Detroit Uprising, Usher created MPC, the first oil spill cleanup company in the Great Lakes and one of the first in the nation.  A Detroit native, Usher remains the company’s Chairman.  Under his watch, MPC has assisted in cleanup of some of the largest oil spills in the world, including the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in 1989.  Notably, Usher was asked by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 to help guide the clean-up of oil released from sabotaged wells in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm.

Both Usher and MPC are recognized as a pioneers in the spill clean-up industry.  Usher has helped launch key industry trade associations—the Spill Control Association of America, the International Spill Control Organization, and the American Salvage Association.  MPC has grown to 65 employees and has response equipment stored in readiness at 18 locations in the U.S. and overseas, including the Netherlands, Singapore, and Hong Kong. 

It has also evolved into a land response and industrial services business, cleaning up pipeline, highway and industrial spills, and cleaning facilities and hauling liquid wastes for manufacturers. Most recently it has begun cleaning wind turbines and towers.

“We are extremely proud of our history and that fact we remain a one of the leading environmental services company in the world,” said Charles Usher, MPC president. “We’re also proud that of all missions embraced by the company, none supersedes our commitment to worker safety

MPC’s headquarters are located on Jefferson Avenue in southwest Detroit on the banks of the Rouge River.  It also has a satellite location in Holland, Michigan.

MPC spill response barge BUDA II underway in the Straits of Mackinac

Charlie Usher, President, and David Usher, Chairman, in China to visit MPC customer