08:30 – 10:00                Session 6: Scientific Observations of 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.

                                    Value of insitu Data for Predicting Ocean Current Behavior: Matt Cadwallader, Business Development Manager; Woods Hole Group

                                    The Loop Current and its eddies cost the offshore energy industry tens of millions of dollars a year in non-productive time and create angst in the response                                          community charged with protecting our environment from the uncontrolled release of hydrocarbons. The presentation will share 30 years of observations in                                        the Gulf of Mexico and illustrate the importance of in situ data for predicting ocean current behavior for operational support.

                                  ​  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.

​ 10:00 - 10:10               Comfort Break

1:40 – 3:30                    Session 10: An International Oil Spill Response: Real Time Examples And Simulations

                                    Moderator: Dr. Lee Hunt, Hunt Petty LP​

                                    MEXUS Exercise:An Example of Joint Industry-Government Engagement: Mike Drieu, Anadarko Petroleum & Michael Sams, Incident Management

                                    Preparedness Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District

​                                    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                                      U.S. Coast Guard, the Mexican Navy and private oil industry resources. MEXUS is considered Industry Best Practice. MEXUS maybe a model for other                                                      international agreements such as Bilateral Oil Spill Agreement (2017) between the U.S. and Cuba.

                                    Practical Aspects of Asset Management During Spill Recovery Operations: Dr. Lee Hunt, Hunt Petty LP​ on behalf of SEACOR Marine


​                                    The physical tasks of spilled oil recovery require centralized command and control capability to maintain domain awareness critical to directing marine                                                traffic, tracking vessel location and movement, coordinating air traffic, overseeing in-situ burns, and directing disposition of recovered oil. During the                                                Macondo Spill Operation, SEACOR Marine’s vessel SEACOR Lee served as a sea-based command and control center providing a common location for government                                      and industry officials.

                                    Capping Stack Operations - 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. Trendsetter Engineering, add energy and                                      GRI Simulations will present a real-time simulation of the fictitious well control event conducted during the recent MEXUS exercise. An ROV simulator,                                                piloted in real time, will perform a shut in of a fictitious well under instruction from Trendsetter’s soft shut in procedure. Reservoir performance during the                                        shut in will be monitored in real-time by reservoir modeling specialists, add energy, to ensure a safe shut in is performed.

Concluding Remarks and Closing

A Strategic Resource for the Global Oil & Gas Exploration Industry

12:30 – 1:30                  Buffet Lunch 

 10:10 – 11:00               Session 7: Research on Potential Spill Trajectories In the Florida Straits

                                    Moderator: Brian Petty, Hunt Petty LP

                                    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.

                                       Biophysical Interactions in the Straits of Florida and Potential Oil Spill: Cayla W. Dean, PhD student, HCNSO, Nova Southeastern University

                                       An expert in biophysical interactions in the of Gulf of Mexico and Straits of Florida, Ms. Dean presents the effects of the diel vertical migration of zooplankton in relation                                         to potential oil spills.

                                       Circulation processes near Cuba influencing particle connectivity in the Florida Straits: Villy Kourafalou, Professor of Ocean Sciences, University of Miami

                                       Recent studies in both sides of the Florida Straits have identified the synergy between eddies traveling along South Florida (north of the Florida Current), as                                        well as along Cuba (south of the Florida Current) on the overall variability of the loop Current/Florida Current system. This system influences connectivity of                                      particles in the southern Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida. Dr. Kourafalou will show results from observational campaigns and high resolution

                                    numerical models of ocean prediction. The influence of these processes on potential spill trajectories is the topic of her recently awarded project by the Gulf

                                    of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).

 12:30 – 1:30                  Session 9: Advanced Computer Models Supporting Spill Response

                                    Moderator: Brian Petty, Hunt Petty LP

                                    Blowout Contingency Planning and Source Control Preparedness: Dr. Amir Paknejad, VP of Flow Engineering, add energy llc

High level review of current regulations, standards and practices. Source control risks and challenges. Blowout case studies. Review of the existing Well                                                Containment Screening Tool (WCST).

                                    Source Control Screening Tool: Dr. Amir Paknejad, VP of Flow Engineering, add energy llc

                                    Introducing the newly developed Relief Well and Cap-and-Contain screening tool designed as a road map and framework that demonstrates 1) adequate                                                ability for a relief well to locate its target well and dynamically kill a worst-credible blowout scenario and 2) capability for deploying, installing and closing                                        the outlets of the capping stack.

                                    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.

1:30 - 1:40                       Comfort Break

 4:00 – 6:00                   Simulation Demonstration Workshop

                                    Interested delegates are welcome to attend a special well intervention simulation demonstration workshop. Trendsetter Engineering, add energy and GRI

                                    Simulations will be available to allow attendees the opportunity to fly an ROV in a simulated well control event. GRI Simulations will have two simulators

                                    available for demonstration and provide delegates a “hands on” opportunity to fly an ROV in a similar intervention demonstrating the installation and

                                    operation of a Capping Stack onto a flowing well.

 3:30 – 4:30                   Session 4: Spill Response Fundamentals

                                  ​  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.

                                    Response time – Key to Subsea Source Control Mitigation: Andy Cuthbert, Global Engineering Manager, Boots and Coots

                                    In the event of a catastrophic well control failure, response time is of paramount importance in mitigating the effects of uncontrolled hydrocarbon release.

                                    Relief Wells – The Ultimate Solution: ​Roger Pool, GM - Operations and Business Development, add energy llc

​                                    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.

 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 International cooperation in mutual agreements for ensuring maximum safety, spill prevention and response in the Gulf of Mexico

                                    and the Straits of Florida.

                                    Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District: 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                                                Greater Caribbean.

                                    Evolution of U.S. – Cuba Policy: Angela Mariana Freyre, Principal, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

                                    Ms. Angela Mariana Freyre is a principal with Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and served in the Obama administration as Special Advisor for Cuba Policy at                                                the National Security Council and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Export Import Bank.

                                    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

 12:00 – 12:30                Snack Break: A Light Snack / Lunch Buffet will be available 

2:00 – 3:00                    Session 3: Regional Oil Spill Planning

                                    Moderator: Edward Porner, Director, Recovery and Resilience Division, Virginia Department of Emergency Management

​                                    As a Senior Officer Commander (ret), Edward Porner was the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security liaison at the U.S. Special Interests 

                                    Section in Havana, Cuba.

                                    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 Gulf of Mexico.

                                  ​  Connectivity of the Caribbean:Case Study of a 5 Nation Spill Event: CDR Keith M. Donohue, Seconded to the International Maritime Organization,

                                    RAC REMPEITC – Caribe, Curacao

                                    An oil spill in the Southern Caribbean (e.g. Guyana) will have a trajectory impacting Trinidad, Grenada, within 13 days and entering the Florida Straits within

                                    4 weeks.

10:00 – 10:30                Refreshment Break

 3:00 – 3:30                   Refreshment Break

 4:30 – 5:30                   Session 5: Surface and Subsea Response Methodologies

​                                    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: Dr. Thomas Coolbaugh, Oil Spill Response Advisor, Exxon Mobil


                                    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. 

 11:00 – 12:00                Session 8: Simultaneous Operations

                                 ​   Moderator: Dr. Lee Hunt, Hunt Petty LP

                                    Environmental Common Operating Picture: Dr. Jodi Harney, Energy Director, Senior Scientist, CSA Ocean Sciences Inc.

                                  ​  Methods for improved awareness and decision-making on the basis of environmental monitoring data.

                                  ​  The Oil Company (Operator) Responsibility for Maintaining Source Control and Obligations for Spill Response Preparedness: Kelly Wilson, Vice President,                                          ResilientRM

                                    A key requirement for obtaining a drilling permit in the U.S. GOM is submission to BSEE of a robust plan detailing source control capabilities, projections of                                          spill volume potential and response capability to contain and mitigate the release of hydrocarbons.

                                  ​  HWCG Cooperative Agreements For Spill Resource Deployment: Craig T. Castille, Managing Director, HWCG LLC

                                    HWCG is a response consortium in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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.

                                    Why Dialogue and Cooperation on Environmental Management and Science is Vital to Cuba and the United States: Daniel Whittle, Senior Director and                                              Senior Attorney, 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 marine resources.

                                    Cuba’s Twilight Zone Reefs Expedition: Dra. Patricia González Díaz, PhD in Biological Sciences, Director of CIM-UH & 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.

The Florida Straits:
Model for International Cooperation

March 5 – 6, 2018
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

Nova Southeastern University

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

1:30 – 2:00                    Halmos College Tour 

                                    Please join us on a guided tour around the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography campus.

                                    The Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography (HCNSO) is one of the 17 colleges and schools of Nova Southeastern University and is one of its four                                        local campuses. Housed on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus and the Oceanographic Campus, the mission of the HCNSO is to carry out innovative, basic, and                                        applied research and to provide high quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of disciplines including natural, ocean, environmental,                                            and biological sciences (including pre-medical and pre-health professions), mathematics, chemistry, and physics. The Oceanographic Campus houses the                                                graduate and marine research programs. Faculty members specializations include coral reef biology, ecology, and geology; shark, billfish, and fish

                                    biology, physiology, ecology, and conservation; invertebrate zoology and taxonomy; fisheries science; genetics, and genomics; deep sea biology and ecology;                                          molecular biology; microbiology; biodiversity; and physical oceanography.

                                    There are three preeminent research institutes housed at the HCNSO: The National Coral Reef Institute, the Guy Harvey Research Institute, and the Save Our                                          Seas Shark Center.  Facilities include a large marina with 7 coastal research vessels as well as the new silver LEED certified 86,000 square foot Center of                                                Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research, a state of the art research building with seawater system and experimental complex for pollution evaluation.