Coast Guard Receives Final Cosco Busan ISPR Report

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Incident Specific Preparedness Review team studying the preparedness for and response to the Cosco Busan oil spill has completed its reports.

The second and final ISPR report concerning the Nov. 7, 2007, oil spill response in San Francisco Bay has been delivered to Vice Adm. Charles Wurster, the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander. The ISPR team, chartered by the Coast Guard chief of staff at the direction of the commandant, submitted its analysis focusing on actions during the first two weeks of the response in a report released in January.

The report released today addresses actions after the initial two weeks and is meant to supplement the first report. It assesses longer term issues that required more time to research and provides clarification to statements in the earlier report.

The ISPR team was not tasked with determining the cause of the Cosco Busan incident, but rather was directed to review objectively the response actions undertaken following the incident compared to the plans in effect at the time.

The ISPR reports make nearly 200 recommendations and cover such topics as preparedness and response to oiled wildlife recovery and transport, use of commercial fishing vessels for cleanup operations and shoreline treatment endpoints, among others.

Throughout the ISPR team’s reports two themes emerge as meriting attention and recommendations for improvement: partnership with local stakeholders and communication. The public response to the Cosco Busan oil spill highlighted the importance of building and maintaining effective partnerships among federal, state and local governments and other key stakeholders in preparing for spills.

While not an investigation, the ISPR process is an administrative assessment rooted in Coast Guard marine safety directives. It provides a method for outside entities to join the Coast Guard to review the response of the Unified Command to a particular incident. Pollution response experts, representatives from environmental groups and other nongovernmental organizations were asked to join the review to ensure it was objective.

Chaired by Rear Adm. Carlton Moore, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (retired), the ISPR team is comprised of senior representatives from the California Coastkeeper Alliance, California Office of Spill Prevention & Response, City and County of San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Office of Response and Restoration, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, and San Francisco Baykeepers.

To read the reports on line go to www.uscg.mil/FOIA/Reading_Room.asp or dowload the report

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