Monday, March 5, 2018
08:00 – 08:30 Registration and Refreshments
08:30 – 10:00 Session 1: International Cooperation in Offshore Exploration Safety and Environmental Protection
Welcome: Dr. Richard Dodge
Dr. Dodge is Dean, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Nova Southeastern University
Geopolitics and Ocean Resources: Dr. Lee Hunt, Hunt Petty LP
The short history of U.S. – Cuba cooperation in mutual agreements for ensuring maximum safety, spill prevention and response in the Gulf of Mexico and
the Straits of Florida.
Commander, U.S. Coast Guard District 7: RADM Peter Brown
The Seventh Coast Guard District is responsible for Incident Command of oil spill events in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, southeast Atlantic coast and the
Evolution of US – Cuba Policy: Angela Mariana Freyre
Ms. Angela Mariana Freyre is a Former Special Advisor for Cuba Policy at the National Security Council and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Export-Import Bank of the United States
Legal Issues in transnational oil spills: Dr. Richard McLaughlin, Endowed Chair for Coastal and Marine Policy and Law, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.
Ocean currents flow according to the laws of nature. The laws of nations, boundary lines on a map are inconsequential. A noted and respected international lawyer, Dr. McLaughlin will explain the relationship and importance of international boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico and The Florida Straits.
Tuesday, March 6
08:00 – 09:00 Morning Refreshments
11:30 – 1:30 Session 6: Surface and Subsea Response to Oil Spills
Moderator: Bob Tippee
Mr. Tippee is editor of Oil & Gas Journal
Industry’s Response Capabilities: Subsurface & Surface: Paul Schuler, Direct External Affairs – Americas, Oil Spill Response Ltd.
Mr. Schuler will discuss the full suite of surface response capabilities: mechanical recovery, in-situ burning, surface/aerial dispersants, surveillance as well as complementary technologies for subsea capping, containment, dispersant injection and monitoring.
Dispersant Science: How dispersants work and why you would or wouldn’t use them: Thomas Coollbaugh, Oils Spill Response Advisor, Exxon Mobil Cooperation
The importance of understanding the trade-offs associated with different response tools through a Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) / Spill Impact Mitigation Assessment (SIMA) approach.
Well Containment Screening Tools (WCST): Lance Labiche, J Conner Consulting
Pushing the technology envelope with WCST +, Mr. Labiche, a former BSEE official, explains Relief Well Screening and Cap & Contain Screening tools being developed to a new level of proficiency and utility.
Relief Wells – The Final Solution: Dr. Ray Tommy Oskarsen, Sr. Vice President, Well Control & Blowout Support, addenergy
If we drill it, can we find it? If we find it, can we kill it? The mechanics of a relief well explained. Emerging technology in relief well hardware.
3:00 – 3:30 Session 8: The Way Forward and Conference Closing
Moderator: Brian Petty, Hunt Petty LP
Oil Spill Risk Management in the Florida Straits - planning and exercising to prevent and mitigate spills.: Paul Lattanzi, Senior Consultant at The Paratus Group.
A critical review of current response plans and a proposal for an improved planning and exercise regimen. Prior to founding The Paratus Group, Paul was a career officer with the U.S. Coast Guard. His previous tours included serving as the Senior International Maritime Organization’s consultant to the United Nations at the Regional Activity Center in Curacao, where he assisted 29 Caribbean nations and territories to prevent and respond to pollution events.
Preserving Progress in Marine Environmental Protection: Dan Whittle, Environmental Defense Fund
10:30 – 12:30 Session 2: Potential Environmental Impacts
Moderator: Dr. Larry McKinney
Dr. McKinney is Executive Director, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.
Perspectives from Deepwater Horizon and Ixtoc Spills to Inform Future Incidents in the Gulf: Dr. Paul Montagna, Endowed Chair for Ecosystem Studies & Modeling, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.
Dr. Montagna’s research on spill effects and recovery is founded on a historical review of these two previous major events in the U.S. and Mexican Gulf of Mexico.
The Florida Straits and Ecological Risks in the Littoral Territories of Florida and Cuba: Dan Whittle, Environmental Defense Fund
Senior Attorney for EDF’s Cuba Fisheries Program, Mr. Whittle will discuss environmental risks and the importance of two recent Memoranda of Understanding between the U.S. and Cuba for the protection of reefs and aquaculture.
Cuba’s Twilight Zone Reefs Expedition: Dra. Patricia González, Center of Marine Investigations, University of Havana, & Prof. John K. Reed, Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT), Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University
This expedition’s circumnavigation of Cuba explored the island’s diverse mesophotic coral reefs at 30 to 150 meter depths, revealing what may be one of the most extensive, healthiest reef habitats in the Caribbean. The expedition was conducted under “The Sister Sanctuaries Memorandum of Understanding,” the first agreement of any kind signed by the U.S. and Cuban governments following the reestablishment of diplomatic relations in 2015
Sustaining a One Gulf Aqua-Culture Habitat: Dr. Larry McKinney, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.
Meeting the challenges and opportunities in protecting and preserving the marine environment of the Gulf of Mexico, particularly focusing on the special circumstance occasioned by an oil spill from the U.S., Mexican or Cuban seas impacting the coastal areas of the Gulf.
10:00 – 10:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 – 11:30 Refreshment Break
3:30 – 5:30 Session 4: Scientific Research on Oil Spill Behavior
Moderator: Dr. Rich Roffman
Dr. Rich Roffman is Publisher of the magazine CUBA TRADE and co-host of Made in America, Radio America
Water Flow and Horizons in The Florida Straits: Alexander V. Soloviev, Professor, HCNSO, Nova Southeastern University
Long term observations in the Straits of Florida reveal a transient southward flow in the form of an undercurrent jet attached to the continental shelf. This undercurrent jet is observable during summer months. In autumn, the jet weakens and presumably migrates to the surface, contributing to the development of a coastal counter current during winter months.
Remote Sensing of Oil Seeps in Caribbean Waters: Dr. Susanne Lehner, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Possibilities and limitations to image crude oil on the sea surface for optical and radar satellites in low to high wind speeds are presented by Dr. Lehner, with examples from studies conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi Delta and from Cuban waters.
Remote Sensing of Ocean Surface Features - crude oil, surfactants, breaking waves and other phenomena: Dr. Will Perrie, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Satellite remote sensing can detect ocean surface features to resolutions of a few 10s of meters. A problem is always to differentiate the various phenomena that are observed. In this presentation, we provide a summary of the methodologies used, and the processes observed, for example: crude oil, macro-algae and mesoscale eddies, to list a few.
Value of in situ data for Predicting Ocean Current Behavior: Matt Cadwallader, Horizon Marine
Data demonstrating variability in the Loop Current and the Florida Current.
1:30 – 3:00 Session 3: Spill Prediction and Prevention
Moderator: Dr. Richard Dodge
Dr. Dodge is Dean, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Nova Southeastern University
High-Resolution Sustained Observations of the Ocean’s Surface Currents: Tamay Ozgokmen, Professor of Ocean Sciences, University of Miami
Dr. Ozgokmen recently conducted extensive studies of ocean surface currents in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The research was conducted under the auspices of the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE).
Quantifying Spill Volume: Dr. Amir Paknejad, addenergy
Essential to effective spill response pre-planning and government permitting is estimating maximum spill potential. Dr. Paknejad explains reservoir analysis methodology used in predicting flow and volume of spills from deepwater wells.
Well Control Training for Rig Crews: Doug Derr, Boots and Coots
Crew understanding of well control trouble signs and competency in managing events are the first line of defense in the prevention of blowouts and subsequent spills.
3:00 – 3:30 Refreshment Break
1:30 – 3:00 Session 7: Practical Factors in Cooperative Response
Moderator: Edward Porner, Director, Recovery and Resilience Division, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
As a Senior Officer CAPT (ret), Edward Porner was the US Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security liaison at the US Special Interest Section in Havana Cuba.
Cooperative Agreements for Spill Resource Deployment: Dr. Lee Hunt, Hunt Petty LP
Two major response consortia exist in the U.S. By charter their resources are restricted for use within US Gulf of Mexico. Cuba has no corresponding consortium. A vexing issue is whether US Embargo legislation will permit the export of US spill response technology and resources to address a spill originating in or traversing Cuban territorial seas.
The Architecture of Simultaneous Operations: Barry Compagnoni, US Coast Guard CAPT (ret), Trendsetter Engineering
What does an integrated response look like offshore? CAPT Compagnoni discusses the structure of a Common Operating Picture for the management of vessel, aircraft and the wide array of equipment involved in a response and what this would look like in the Straits of Florida.
MEXUS Exercise: An Example of Joint Industry-Government Engagement: Mike Drieu, Anadarko Petroleum & Mike Sams, U.S. Coast Guard District 8
MEXUS is a bilateral oil spill agreement between the U.S. and Mexico detailing specific roles and responsibilities of Mexican and U.S. regulatory agencies: the US Coast Guard, the Mexican Navy and private oil industry resources.
The Florida Straits Conference:
Model for International Cooperation
March 5 – 6, 2018
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
09:00 – 11:00 Subsea Source Control
Moderator: Bill Loveless
Mr. Loveless is Co-host, Columbia Energy Exchange; Director, Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative
The Three Pillars of Spill Response - Capping, Containment and Relief Well: Mike Cargol, Trendsetter Engineering
The mechanics and structure of a sub-sea response entail very specific denotation of the individual missions of response elements.
Application of a Tightly Integrated Systems Modeling Framework to Quantify Complex Subsea Blowout Capping Operations: Steve Fitzgerald, Intuitive Machines
The physics of a subsea response entail many different forces, which must be viewed as part of a whole. Advances in computer processing are allowing industry to bridge the hardware gap to create high fidelity Capping Stack installation models encompassing the entire subsea environment.
Capping and Containment - The Mechanics of a Soft Shut In: Brett Morry, Trendsetter Engineering
How to operate a capping stack once it is on a well to effect a safe shut-in or to mitigate flow into the environment.
12:30 – 1:30 Buffet Lunch
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