Opening Plenary

Opening Plenary

13 Mar 2018, 09:30 - 10:30

South Gallery Room 17, 18 & 19

Chairs: Rob James, Regional Director EMEA, Oil Spill Response Ltd and Rob Cox, Technical Director, IPIECA

This opening plenary session, will feature keynote speeches from the IMO, EMSA and NCA. The plenary session will conclude with a White Paper from ITOPF on Environmental Damage. This is an opportunity to gain insight into the key issues and future challenges of oil spill preparedness and response.

Opening addresses from:

  • Richard Proctor, Co-Chairman, UK Spill Association 
  • Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization 
  • Markku Mylly, Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) 
  • Johan Marius Ly, Director, Department for Emergency Response, Norwegian Coastal Administration 

White Paper Presentation:

Environmental Damage: Changing Perceptions and Future Outlook
Richard Johnson, Technical Director, ITOPF

Over the last fifty years, ITOPF has observed an increase in post-spill environmental monitoring. We are also now much better equipped to detect and measure changes from sub-cellular to ecosystem scales. Focusing on ship-source oil spills, this paper will explore how perceptions of environmental damage and the scope of monitoring projects have evolved. We will seek to establish whether our understanding of environmental damage, recovery and the need for reinstatement have ultimately improved. Looking to the future, suggestions will be made on how we can build on past experience to ensure post-spill monitoring continues to focus on its principal aims.

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Programme subject to change


  • Rob James


    Regional Director EMEA

    Oil Spill Response Ltd

    Rob James is the Regional Director EMEA for Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL).   Rob has worked at the cutting edge of oil spill preparedness and...

  • Rob Cox


    Technical Director


    Rob Cox is Technical Director of IPIECA in London. Rob has over twenty-five years of industry experience in environmental aspects of refining, retail...

  • Richard Proctor



    UK Spill Association

    Richard is Managing Director of Darcy Group of companies which includes Darcy Spillcare, Aquasentry, Trident Marine and Ayles Fernie and is currently...

  • Kitack Lim



    International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    Mr. Lim graduated in nautical studies and was a seafarer before joining the maritime administration of the Republic of Korea. He has represented the...

  • Markku Mylly


    Executive Director


    Mr Mylly started his maritime career in the Finnish Merchant Shipping in 1973. He attended Rauma Maritime College of the Satakunta University of...

  • Johan Marius Ly


    Director, Department for Emergency Response

    Norwegian Coastal Administration

    Johan Marius Ly graduated from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in 1991. After various at sea and onshore positions in the Royal Norwegian Navy, he...

  • Richard Johnson


    Technical Director


    Richard Johnson has been with ITOPF for over 20 years and he has been involved in many of the 500+ incidents ITOPF have been involved with in in that...

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