Conference Programme 2024

The conference takes place over two days and is hosted at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton in the heart of its busy port.

It aims to be seen as the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution. It tries to make sense of our changing seas upon which future human prosperity and wellbeing depends. It is an inspiring centre.

During the event there will be opportunity to tour its facilities.

Hosted by UK and Ireland Spill Association Marine and Manufacturers Working Group



Welcome and Introduction Mark Orr, UK and Ireland Spill Association.


Opening Keynote 1

Designing response capability for current and future challenges; Dr Vania De Stefani, CEO, Oil Spill Response


Networking Break

Information Gathering


Making best use of Visual tools in spill response including spill response and tracking plastic pollution using satellites and drones

Dr Lauren Bierman, University of Plymouth


Turning complex datasets into understandable information to ensure clear communication to stakeholders

Liam Harrington-Missin, Oil Spill Response Ltd


Buffet lunch and networking

Alternative Fuels


What is the timetable for their introduction and the likely energy mix based on vessels in build and feedstock availability for alternative fuels

Mark Orr, UKEireSpill


What are the likely fuel options and what are their properties from a responder perspective

Kevin Tallec, Cedre and Amy Jewell, ITOPF, Nick Bailey, Ambipar Response


Alternative Fuels – an industry wide challenge Hosted discussion

Chaired by Steve Storey, Oil Spill Response and Mark Orr, UKEireSpill

Provisional Panel:
Clare Wood, BP
Amy Jewell, ITOPF
Andrew Le Masurier, ITOPF
Marta Januszewska, Oil Spill Response Ltd
Samie Parker, Lloyds Register
Kevin Tallec, Cedre
Keith Johnstone, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Oliver Timofei, Blue Tack Marine
Nick Bailey, Ambipar Response
Eric Comerma - RPS
William Barker, Harbour Master, Harwich Harbour
Authority - Remote
TBC Ship Owner Carnival, Maersk
TBC Fuel supplier – Whittaker
TBC Ship designer - BMT
TBC Fire and Rescue Service
TBC Insurer – Gard, IGP&I


Networking event

Hosted by the UK and Ireland Spill Association Plastic Pollution Working Group


Welcome and Review of Day 1

The scourge of plastic pollution


Exploring the reach and routes of plastic pollution

Josh Doran Oracle Environmental


How different policy frameworks can work together to prevent large scale plastic pellet loss at sea

Falco Martin, Fauna and Flora.


Networking Break

Planning the ‘What if’ scenario?


Analysis of persistent organic pollutants in plastic pellets recovered from UK Shorelines: implications for health risks, ecotoxicology and spill response operations

Dr Jon Burton, Oracle Environmental and Paul Walker, Socotec


The role of Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) in recovery of microplastics (nurdles) from shoreline environment

Marta Januszewska, Oil Spill Response Ltd


The role of NGOs and citizen science in response to these incidents

Heather McFarlane, Fidra


Buffet lunch and networking

Equipment and the management of ecological risk in recovery


Recovery Equipment and Demonstration

Oracle Environmental, University of Southampton and Marta Januzszewska, Oil Spill Response Ltd, Kevin Tallec, Cedre


Sustainability assessment with respect to plastics recovery endpoints

Open discussion led my Mark Orr and TBC

Waste Disposal


Designing final destination of recovered plastics / debris – is Pyrolisis the answer?


Why Enzymes might help in plastic waste disposal in spill response incidents

Haydon and Dr Louise Farrand and Haydon Ross, University of Portsmouth


Setting PPWG goals for the next stage of our journey

Discussion and agreement Mark, J Orr, UK and Ireland Spill Association

Featured speakers

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Senior Technical and Development Specialist at SOCOTEC UK
Dr Jon Burton

Dr Jon Burton

Managing Director of Oracle Environmental Experts
Marta Januszewska

Marta Januszewska

New Markets and New Services Lead at OSRL
Liam Harrington-Missin

Liam Harrington-Missin

Head of Technology Evolution at Oil Spill Response Ltd
Falco Martin

Falco Martin

Programme Officer at Fauna & Flora
Rob Holland

Rob Holland

STSE Manager at OSRL

Joshua Doran

Senior Environmental Consultant at Oracle

Vania de Stefani

Chief Executive Officer at OSRL

Mark Orr

Director at UKEire Spill

Networking & Social Event

Blue Funnel Cruises operate various catamaran vessels that provide the ideal venue with a difference for a networking and social event in Southampton water with the ability to come in and out of port frequently. The event will board at National Oceanography Centre and slowly cruise around the port and in Southampton water providing great views from a stable and secure platform.

A buffet supper will be served on board and a cash bar will be available throughout.

Please notify Mark Orr at of any dietary requirements.

2024 Sponsors




National Oceanography Centre European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH