Tag Archives: Geographic Response Plan

2015 IOSA Newsletter

Please read our most recent newsletter to get updates on Islands Oil Spill Association activities in 2014 and 2015.

2015 IOSA Newsletter PDF1

2016 Oil Spill Response Trainings – Updated 5/14/2016

May 21st, 2016 Oil Containment Drill — All Spaces Filled Up.

On May 21st, 2016 IOSA will hold the first oil containment drill of the year at False Bay, San Juan Island.

We will practice the Geographic Response Plan strategy for this location.  We have had numerous drills at False Bay and each time we refine our response strategy more.   If you would like to check out the response plan strategy for False Bay, check out this link at Washington State Department of Ecology and go to page 212 out of 247,   http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/preparedness/GRP/SJI.NPS.GRP/Chapter4a-SJI.pdf 



Other Trainings Scheduled for 2016

  • September 3rd or October 29th
    (Date will be confirmed later this summer.)
    Wildlife Search & Rescue and Primary Care Training

    This training in the rescue and basic care of oiled birds will be held in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, OR on Lopez Island.

    Wildlife Care Training
    Wildlife Care Training
  • September 17th and October 1st
    Wildlife Search & Rescue Training
    Oil Containment Drill at Buck Bay

    We are not yet sure which training will be on which day, so if you are interested in either of these trainings, put both days on your calendar and check back here in August.  Or you can fill out the contact form that is above.

    Search & Rescue practice on the beach sneaking up on a
    Search & Rescue practice on the beach sneaking up on a “bird” (the person with the pink ball).
  • October 15th
    Westcott Bay Oil Containment Drill
    In this drill we will be testing out various strategies for Westcott Bay.  To check out the response plan strategies for Westcott Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Garrison Bay and Delacombe Point, check out this link at Washington State Department of Ecology and go to pages 156-157, 160-169 out of 247,  http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/preparedness/GRP/SJI.NPS.GRP/Chapter4a-SJI.pdf

    Oil containment boom deployed at Westcott Bay.
    Oil containment boom deployed at Westcott Bay.

Upcoming Orcas Containment Drill Oct. 10th

A containment drill has been scheduled for Saturday, October 10th, 2015 on Orcas Island.  This is the only drill scheduled for this fall, so make sure to register soon if you wish to attend.   While we would love to have everyone attend the drill who wants to, we do have to limit participants.

IOSA responders on the Green Heron setting an anchor and attaching buoys at a drill.
IOSA responders on the Green Heron setting an anchor and attaching buoys at a drill.

At this drill we will be practicing Geographic Response Plan strategies (specific goals to protect certain  sensitive areas), as well as our regular work of deploying oil containment boom, setting anchors, and working closely with other teams on other boats.

If you are interested in attending this drill, send an email to iosaoffice@rockisland.com.

Preregistration is required for all Islands Oil Spill Association trainings.

We look forward to hearing from you!

IOSA responds to boat fire at Roche Harbor Marina

July 10 & 11, 2013

Summary of tasks completed:

  • Nineteen IOSA responders worked on site and one dispatcher completed call-outs.
  • Set oil containment boom in accordance with Washington States Geographic Response Plan Strategy (GRP).
  • IOSA oil containment boom was initially set around the burning vessel by the Roche Harbor marina staff, then IOSA responders set boom around an expanded area.  Also a  double layer of boom was placed around the vessel (to help in catching all the oil that escaped from the boat).  Nearby slips were lined by boom (again to keep the oil from escaping into the rest of the Marina).
  • On the second day the boom was reset to allow vessels coming in to Roche Harbor to use nearby slips.  IOSA responders transferred boom downwind for an additional oil collection area.
  • Responders recovered oil and oiled debris from within the boom over two days.
  • A staging area for oiled debris was set up above the dock area.
  • 214 bags of oiled sorbents, 26 bags of oiled debris and seven bags of other items were collected at the staging area and transported off site to be disposed of at a hazardous waste collection site.
  • After the clean-up in the water was completed, the 1900′ of oiled IOSA boom was cleaned.  All equipment and containment boom used was transported back to trailers and staging locations, in order to be ready for use  when needed.