The heart of Interspill is the Conference which presents an opportunity for professionals from the international spill response community, private sector, government, and non-governmental organizations to come together to tackle the greatest challenges facing us with sound science, practical innovation, social engineering, global research, and imagination.

The external environment in which the response community works is difficult and evolving at pace. Oil prices have been unstable, there is an evolving energy mix with many emergent fuel technologies as regulators and manufacturers drive to reduce emissions. 

Vessels are increasing in size and becoming more automated in operation; the oceans are increasingly busy, but their health is declining and pollutants including debris and plastic threaten the diversity and wildlife within and on which we rely. Oil production is increasingly focused on mature basins, often with ageing infrastructure which poses an oil spill risk, meanwhile corporate rationalisation has recently seen a lot of internal oil spill resource and corporate knowledge retire from corporations.

At the same time our most important resource, the people in our industry, are drawn from different cultures, religions and genders. When a major incident occurs teams from different nations are expected to work seamlessly together as part of a team to achieve success and safe partnership working. 

Our conference will be a face-to-face forum to discuss these issues and showcase innovation and hear case studies that will improve global readiness. it will add true value to all who invest in capability, work in response and use the oceans for commerce. 

We have been delighted to receive a large number of high quality abstracts whose authors have submitted extended abstracts for the conference committee who will finalise the speakers to the conference sessions in April.

We are delighted to present 21 sessions that will be presented in three streams in each session.

We are also delighted to include the Premiam conference at Interspill to be held on 22 June more details on the Premiam conference are here: (Interspill 2022 to host 5th Premiam Conference on 22 June at RAI Amsterdam)

The conference programme is as follows (16th June 2022):

Interspill Conference

Tuesday 21 June  1330 – 1500

Session 1: Incident Management 1 (tools, decision making) Chair: Michael Roldan, Oil Spill Response
Submitter Company Position Title
Hanne Greiff Johnsen Equinor Leading Adviser Sustainability Lessons learned seen from the Environmental Unit after oil spill assessment and clean-up in Bahamas due to hurricane Dorian
Lawrence Malizzi Ramboll Senior Manager Improving Incident Management and Response: Utilizing innovative data management techniques
Marta Januszewska Oil Spill Response Consultant Are we biased against our best leaders?
Marcus Russell

Oliver Timofei

Oil Spill Response Global Engagement Manager Embracing the Decarbonization Drive – have we thought about incident management?
Session 2: Contingency Planning and Preparedness Chair: Liliana Monsalve, IOPC Funds
Elliot Taylor Polaris Applied Science Principal Scientist International Guidelines and Tools for Assessing Oil Spill Response Planning and Preparedness
Rodrigo Cochrane Petrobras Consultant Contingency Planning Response guidelines for planning of offshore and costal response in challenging waters – Brazilian Equatorial Margin – A case study.
Phil Starkins AMOSC Deputy General Manager Future oil spill response
Stephan Hennig Maritime and Coastguard Agency (UK) SOSREP Saving for a rainy day
Session 3: Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) Chair: Patricia Charlebois, IMO
Laura Cotte Cedre Research Scientist Tackling the behaviour of volatile HNS: A key challenge for Marine Pollution response
Paul Harold UK Health Security Agency Environmental Public Health Scientist, CRCE (Wales) Developing the evidence base around gaseous and volatile HNS Hazards and Incident response
Lito Xirotyri

Anne Le Roux



Senior Project Officer

Emergency Response Coordinator

Working together to strengthen HNS preparedness and response in Europe: The MAR-ICE Network example
Michael Roldan Oil Spill Response Regional Director, The Americas How to constitute a globally deployable response capability to hazardous noxious substances (HNS)
Jan de Boer IMO Senior Legal Adviser Who pays for an HNS Spill?

Tuesday 21 June 15.30-17.00

Session 4: Offshore Surface Response Chair: Phil Starkins, AMOSC
Submitter Company Position Title
Tim Nedwed Exxon Mobil Oil Spill Response Principal Advisor A review of the amount of oil recovered from large offshore oils spills between 1970-2010
Ken Church Oil Spill Response Aberdeen Deputy Manager The use of Fishing Vessels to respond to pollution incidents in the UK North Sea
Hans Petter Dahlsett DNV Group Leader
Environmental Risk and Preparedness
Recovery efficiency in mechanical oil spill response
Jeong-ock Won Korean Coast Guard Technical Specialist Korea Coast Guard R&D Center Many types of VLSFO have come onto the market. We need to know if KCG’s skimmers and pumps work on which types of VLSFO, to make the right choice.
Tom Coolbaugh Ohmsett Marketing Director Equipment testing in ice-infested waters: Recent experience and lessons learned from the Ohmsett test facility.
Session 5: Surveillance, Modelling and Visualisation 1 (Modelling) Chair: Duarte Soares, ITOPF
Vincent Gouriou Cedre Information Department, GIS and modelling specialist Oil spill drift and the right choice of modelling tool
Ana J. Abascal Unican Research Dept A web-GIS operational system for the risk management of marine and atmospheric pollution from hazardous and noxious substances (hns) spills in harbour areas
Chris Barker NOAA Emergency Response Division New developments in NOAA’s GNOME suite for oil spill modelling
Deborah French-McCay RPS Ocean RPS, Director of Research and Model Development Counter-historical study of alternative dispersant use in the deepwater horizon oil spill response
Session 6: Shipping Risks 1 (marine fuels) Chair: Andy Keane, Shell
Fanny Chever Cedre Analysis and Resources Department – Duty Officer Improving response capacities and understanding the environmental Impacts of new generation low sulphur Marine fuel Oil Spills (IMAROS) – First Results

Improving response capacities and understanding the environmental impacts of new generation low sulphur MARine fuel Oil Spills (IMAROS)

Ronan Jezequel Cedre Research Dept Fate, behaviour and impact assessment of new generation of biodiesels and bio-feedstocks in case of an accidental spill
Sergio Alda EMSA Senior Project Officer Low sulphur and atlernative fuels
Andrew LeMasurier ITOPF Technical Adviser, ITOPF Is Greener Cleaner? Spill implications from alternative marine fuels

Wednesday 22 June 1100-1230

Session 7: Incident Management 2 (response experience, pandemic) Chair: Tim Gunter, Texas A&M University
Submitter Company Position Title
Conor Bolas ITOPF Technical Adviser, ITOPF Spill response during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dave Rouse Oil Spill Response Crisis Management Lead Effective supply chain management during a response
Travis Elsdon

Maria Hartley

Chevron Environmental Program Manager Building, leading, and maintaining environmental response readiness
Chiara DellaMea IOPC Funds Claims Manager The life of an incident
Session 8: Outreach and Communication 1 (tools and guides) Chair: Victoria Turner, IOPC Funds
Tony Paulson West of England P&I Club Corporate Director Outreach and Engagement: the International Group of P&I Clubs
Nicolas Tamic Cedre Operations Manager Crisis and Communication
Justina Lee Shell Leading Adviser Sustainability Ensuring appropriate dispersant use through distribution of targeted communication material from IPIECA
Leanne Zrum Triox Principal Director Prioritisation of coastal sensitivities and development of site specific response plans in West Africa: learnings and challenges
Premiam 1: Developments & innovation in Post-spill Environmental Monitoring Chair: Mark Kirby, Cefas
Georgios Kazanidis JNCC Offshore Industries Advice Manager Common challenges and opportunities for post-spill monitoring across multiple ecosystem receptors
Corine Brussard NIOZ Senior Research Team Leader Interdisciplinary approach on the immediate effect of short-lived oil spills on marina biota
Rob Holland & Liam Harrington-Missin OSRL Technical Lead/ Development & Assurance Lead Future application of marine autonomous systems – linking response and environmental monitoring
Freya Goodsir Cefas Senior Research Scientist Potentially Polluting Wrecks in Asia Pacific Region – Innovative approaches to monitoring their impact

Wednesday 22 June 1430-1600

Session 9: Subsea Response Chair: Diana Khatun, IOGP
Andy Myers Oil Spill Response Subsea Director  Subsea Well Response Readiness Evolution
Per Johan Brandvik Sintef Senior Research Scientist Verification of Subsea Dispersant Injection (SSDI) by large-scale effectiveness testing at Ohmsett
Obineche Dick

Olurotimi Olubobokun

Total Energies Safety Operations Manager “Operation Stingray”: An Industry First Capping Device Deployment.
Per Johan Brandvik Sintef Senior Research Scientist A new response option – Subsea Mechanical Dispersion (SSMD) – A summary of an industry funded R&D program
Session 10: Shipping Risks 2 Chair: Frédéric HÉBERT, EMSA
Nicolas Tamic Cedre Operations, Deputy Manager Potentially polluting wrecks along the French coast
Elise DeCola Nuke Research General Manager Evaluating the impact of climate hazards, adaptations and decarbonization to shipping risks and oil spill preparedness and response systems
Matt Horn Director RPS, North America Probability and Oil Spill Trajectory Assessments in Asset Life Extension Projects
Naa Sackeyfio ITOPF Information Data Analyst Spatial distribution of global marine oil tanker spills over half a century
Premiam 2: Emerging Issues – implications for monitoring and impacts Chair: Mark Kirby, Cefas
Suzanne Ware Cefas Cefas Monitoring Group Manager & PMCC Chair (England) Post spill monitoring and assessment: preparedness is key
Will Griffiths IMO Technical Officer Trends in Fuel & Cargo types – Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oils – Implications for impacts and monitoring
Alex McGoran Cefas Microplastics Scientist Microplastics: Monitoring and Emergency Response
Gary Shigenaka NOAA NOAA Affiliate Back to the Future:  Examining the history of oil spills to anticipate what lies ahead

Wednesday 22 June 1630-1800

Session 11: Dispersant Chair: Tom Coolbaugh, Ohmsett
Submitter Company Position Title
Stephane LeFloch Cedre Research Dept Manager Exploration of the potential for biosurfactant production by fungi from oil-contaminated environments
Tim Nedwed Exxon Mobil Oil Spill Response Principal Advisor Field data provides evidence that subsea dispersant injection protected responders during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Jake Smallbone University of Essex PhD Student Marine Oil Snow – a microbial perspective
Bing Chen NRPOP Lab Associate Dean

Civil Engineer

Transport of microplastic-oil-dispersant agglomerate in the marine environment
Session 12: Inland Response Chair: Bernard Tramier, Sycopol
Andy Graham Polaris Applied Science Principal/Environmental Scientist Oil spill assessment, treatment, and recovery in a bahamian caribbean pine forest
Timothy Gunter TAMUCC Director, National Spill Control School Instructor Inland pipeline spill challenges and lessons learned focusing on swift water response
Stéphane Grenon Triox Director Area specific emergency response plans for linear energy transportation infrastructure
Mace Barron Environmental Protection Agency (USA) Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA Understanding hazards of petroleum and spill response agents in inland spills
Premiam 3: Post Spill Monitoring – The International Context Chair: Mark Kirby, Cefas
Miguel Patel ITOPF Senior Technical Adviser Common challenges faced in implementing effective environmental monitoring: an international perspective
Peter Taylor and Rob Cox IPIECA Peter – OSPRI Manager

Rob – Environment and Health Consultant

Integration of post-incident monitoring and impact assessment into spill management systems – an international perspective
Suzanne Ware Cefas Cefas Monitoring Group Manager & PMCC Chair (England) The UK as part of international post-spill Emergency Response – the Role of Defra International Programmes
Matthew Sommerville Independent Oil Spill Consultant MV Wakashio – an example of the potential of Tier 3 Scientific Support and Monitoring

Thursday 23 June 0900-1030

Session 13: Incident Management 3 (exercises, good practice) Chair: Matt Clements, Oil Spill Response
Submitter Company Position Title
Dave Rouse Oil Spill Response  Incident and Crisis Management Senior Advisor Crisis exercises – are you wasting your time and money?
Amanda Chee Shell Spill Response Specialist Evolution of virtual exercising and response at Shell
Mateusz Benko UN Environmental Program Tehran Convention Project Officer Implementing a regional exercise programme in the Caspian Sea region
Travis Hanson Exxon Mobil Emergency Preparedness and Response Adviser Effective use of resilient design and technology to conduct major exercises and training during a pandemic
Session 14: Surveillance, Modeling and Visualisation 2 (satellite surveillance) Chair: Robert Limb, Oil Spill Response
Rachel Mayer CGG Offshore Interpretation Manager Should proactive oil spill monitoring from satellite be the new normal?
Teresa Cunha EMSA Senior Project Officer The evolution of the CleanSeaNet (CSN) service of
the European Maritime Safety Agency
Michael King CGG Energy & Environment Manager A review of the application of satellite mapping techniques for marine plastic litter monitoring
Martine Espeseth KSat Project Manager Initiating oil spill drift model with thickness variations extracted from satellite data
Session 15: Plastics and Marine Litter Chair: Ed Owens, Owens Coastal Consultants
Tonje Castberg Gard Senior Claims Adviser Plastic nurdle spills.
David Campion ITOPF Technical Adviser, ITOPF Nurdles – one container; a billion problems.
Camille Lacroix Cedre Head of Aquatic Litter Monitoring and Studies Department Litter accumulation and beach clean-ups techniques used along the French coastline
Rhea Shears Oil Spill Response Aberdeen Response Practical problems and solutions with separation technology in relation to plastic pollution

Thursday 23 June 1100-1230

Session 16: Outreach and Communications 2 (Risk communications, engaging with academia) Chair: Edward White, ipieca
Submitter Company Position Title
David Campion ITOPF Senior Technical Adviser ESG & ship-source pollution, when does response stop being sustainable?
Tom Coolbaugh ARA Applied Research Associates Oil Spill Response: The value of graduate student/industry scientist interaction
Andy Nicoll Oil Spill Response Principal Preparedness & Response Authority Oil Spills and the Pandemic: Shared lessons for risk communications
Rob Holland Oil Spill Response Technical Lead How does R&D engagement with the academic community benefit spill response science and operational advancements?
Session 17: Wildlife Chair: Anne Laure Szymanski, Equinor
Saskia Sessions-Puplett Sea Alarm Senior Technical Adviser, Sea Alarm / EUROWA Secretariat EUROWA: a European mutual assistance system for oiled wildlife emergencies
Paul Kelway Oil Spill Response Wildlife Preparedness & Response Manager A qualitative comparison of national and regional approaches to multi-stakeholder oiled wildlife preparedness and response
Norman Ramos Oil Spill Response Principal Consultant Oiled wildlife preparedness and response – perspectives in Southeast Asia
Cigdem Guvercin Orhan bp C&CM Manager Oiled wildlife response capability building project, bp Azerbaijan
Session 18: Shoreline Response Chair: Stéphane Le Floch, Cedre
Andrew Tucker bp Oil Spill Response Manager Shoreline Response Programme (SRP) and SCAT-OPS Liaison:  The foundations for a successful shoreline response
Rodrigo Cochrane Petrobras Consultant Contiongency Planning Lessons learned from the response to the 2019 oil spill that impacted Brazil’s northeast coastline – Operational and Crisis Management aspects.”
Ed Owens President Owens Coastal Consultants Shoreline treatment feasibility analysis – a decision support job aid
Odd G. Jørgensen Novumare Managing Director Marine litter shoreline clean-up in Norway’s arctic regions

Thursday 23 June 13.30-15.00

Session 19: Surveillance, Modelling and Visualisation 3 (monitoring, surveillance) Chair: Hanne Grieff Johnsen, Equinor
Submitter Company Position Title
Tim Nedwed ExxonMobil Oil Spill Response Principal Advisor Remotely Operated Surface Vehicle for Oil Spill Response
Katrin Egerton EMSA Senior Project Officer Use of on board RPAS during oil spill response: recent evidence reinforces the benefits of RPAS to support response operations
Gary Shigenaka NOAA Emeritus Scientist Back to the future:  Use of a tried and true environmental monitoring approach for contemporary spill response
Session 20: Emerging Technology Chair: Rob Cox, Ipieca
Paul Bunker Chiron-K9 Principal Chiron-K9 Emerging technology & recent research results (2020/21) of oil detection canines
Robyn Conmy Environmental Protection Agency (US) Oil Spill Response Research Area Fluorescence-estimated oil concentration (foil) in the deepwater horizon subsea oil plume
Mark Dix NOAA Deputy Chief, Emergency Response Division Deep learning for post-emergency intertidal vessel and debris mapping
Stéphane LeFloch Cedre Research Dept Manager Experimentation to benefit spill response
Session 21: Case Histories Chair: Richard Johnson, ITOPF
Jagath Gunasekara MEPA, Sri Lanka General Manager, Marine Environment Protection Authority of MV X-Press Pearl, the world’s largest nurdle spill incident response: Case study and lessons learned for the future
Anne LeRoux Cedre Emergency Response Coordinator Lessons learnt from recent incidents in France and abroad
Nicolas Tamic Cedre Operations Manager – Deputy Manager Collision at sea – ULYSSE & CSL VIRGINIA
Patricia Charlebois IMO MED Deputy Director, IMO FSO Safer