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Now. Then. Tomorrow..
Solutions for today. Lessons of yesterday. Learning for tomorrow.

Local, National and International interaction
A Multi-discipline approach 

Thank you to all who attended the in-person conference 12th May 2022, and all who joined in on the livestream.  

A copy of the livestream is available for all who attended 

If you were not able to attend, and would like to purchase a copy of the livestream, please see here or email

If you require a certificate of attendance, please email us.


HAZMAT Considerations for oil spill response 

Presented by Dr Jimmy Seow

Adjunct Professor Murdoch University & 

Director Environ Pty Ltd 

Oil spills and light: A potent mix in tropical waters

Presented by  Mikaela Nordborg

Australian Institute of Marine Science & James Cook University 

Oil Spill response :
Differences between incidents of Grounded MV Benita in Mauritius and MV Wakashio, and managing future risks. Recovery and Community Engagement challenges during Covid-19

Presented by

Wayne O' Brien

Managing Director Resilient Soltions 

The State Hazard Plan: Maritime Environmental emergencies 

Presented by Glen McDermott


Maritime Environmental Emergency response Dept of Transport WA 


Maritime Environmental Emergencies :

Oil Behaviour at sea and tools for assessing risk and response options 

Nigel Holmes 

Principal Advisor Incident Management for the Queensland Dept of Environment and Science 

Crisis and Incident Management 

Presented by; 

Zalina Sungip, Petroleum Industry of Malaysia Mutual Aid Group

Assessing the impact of hydrocarbon releases on tropical reef species

Presented by

Dr Andrew Negri

Principal Research Scientist

Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia

Australian Institute of Marine Science 

A machine learning approach for oil spills detection in the Great Barrier Reef using Sentinel-1 SAR


Research Scientist

Aquatic Remote Sensing Team - Coastal Development and Management

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere 

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Zalina Sungip General Manager

Petroleum Industry of Malaysia Mutual Aid Group

Zalina’s career started with Royal Malaysian Air Force in 1993, as the first female pilot in Maritime Squadron.

Seconded to Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency for 4 year as a maritime pilot and at the same time holding the position of Senior Assistant Director for Air Operation’s Planning and Development after being in NDUM for 3 years. She became the first female to pilot Amphibious Bombardier CL415MP.

She started her career in PETRONAS in 2014, predominantly in Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM) as Government Liaison Officer. In 2016, as the Head for Emergency & Crisis Management and in 2020 was appointed as Head, Oil Spill Management responsible in managing and ensuring preparedness for oil spill incident.

Using previous career achievement in government sectors, she played a key role in fostering and sustaining collaborative working relationship and rapport with the federal and state government authorities to supports Malaysia Oil & Gas business needs as well as manage stakeholders’ interests especially in emergency.

Her achievements include working with National Security Council to establish Terrorism Handling Protocol in Malaysian Maritime Zone as a preparedness to protect Upstream Malaysia Oil & Gas offshore assets and as a result PETRONAS interest is recorded in National Security Council Directive No. 6.

Currently she is working with 13 government agencies under Malaysia Oil Spill Contingency Plan to establish a Standard Operating Procedure to render assistance from relevant government agencies during oil spill incident from offshore oil & gas activities.

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Dr. Andrew Negri 

Australian Institute of Marine Science 

Andrew is a coral reef ecotoxicologist, working with a wide range of contaminants including hydrocarbons, metals, pesticides and sediments. His research has focused recently on modelling oil toxicity and developing methods to assess the combined impacts of pollution and climate change on corals. His research is primarily strategic, providing regulators, management and industry with information to develop, improve or inform guidelines and risk analyses.

Dr. Jimmy Seow

Jimmy Seow, Ph.D., is director of Environ Pty Ltd., Australia. Dr. Seow is a recognized PFAS subject matter expert and a member of the U.S. Green Science Policy Institute’s PFAS subject matter experts’ group, consisting of members from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and the European Union.


Dr. Seow has also published several papers and reports on PFAS and firefighting foam and presented on PFAS and firefighting foam at various forums in Australia and internationally.

Nigel Holmes

Queensland Dept of Environment and Science

Nigel Holmes is Principal Advisor Incident Management for the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.  
His role is as a Queensland-wide resource advising on policy, standards, risk assessment and responding to incidents involving a diversity of hazardous materials as well as providing support for interstate and overseas incident response. Nigel has over 30 years’ multi-disciplinary experience in consulting and government roles across environmental and contamination assessment, regulation and policy development for land, marine, freshwater and groundwater pollution assessment, oil spills, chemical spills, fires, firefighting foam, industry licensing, remediation, aquaculture and geotechnical assessment.
Since 2007 Nigel has been an oil and chemical spill responder for Queensland with experience across a number of maritime emergencies. His first involvement in a large-scale oil spill was associated with the wreck of the Sanko Harvest near Esperance in 1991 undertaking assessments of the impacts on the environment and fisheries.

David Blondeau- Patissier


David Blondeau-Patissier is a research scientist within the CSIRO Aquatic Remote Sensing team. Based in Brisbane, David™s research focuses on coastal water quality monitoring, from the detection of algal blooms to oil spills, using both satellite imagery and field observations. The CSIRO Aquatic Remote Sensing team is located in Canberra and Brisbane. The team works on state (ACT, Qld), national and international research projects, collaborating with a large network of universities and agencies, and delivering products across various fields that include citizen science, bathymetry and habitat mapping, assessment of inland and coastal aquatic ecosystems (e.g., water quality monitoring, oil spills detection). 

Wayne O' Brien

DIrector - Resilient Solutions

With a background in marine engineering, Wayne came ashore from the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1996 to join the Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand. He was one of the core team responsible for the development of New Zealand’s Marine Pollution Response Capability.


Following a love of travel, gained during his time in the Navy, Wayne departed New Zealand’s fair shores in 2001 and has developed and managed emergency response centres in Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Egypt, UAE, Iraq and Singapore. During this time Wayne has responded to marine oil spills in many of those regions with key experiences including; managing the industry response to the Prestige in Spain the Tasman Spirit in Pakistan and Subject Matter Expert for offshore response operations in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida during the Macondo 252 response. Working across a broad spectrum of the response industry, Wayne has responded to natural disasters in the Pacific region, managed fire and hazmat operations in the Middle East, oil pipeline ruptures in the Caucus mountains and salvage operations in Africa, including the de-oiling of a World War 2 RFA tanker sunk by U-Boat off the coast of St Helena

Mikaela Nordborg

Australian Institute of Marine Science 

Mikaela is a marine ecotoxicologist and ecologist with experience investigating the effects of both local and global pressures on marine invertebrates from various habitats. Over the last six years her research has focused on the effects of petroleum hydrocarbons towards tropical corals, and the impacts of tropical environmental conditions on oil toxicity. She has been involved in developing new exposure systems for tropical oil toxicity research and has lead work on identifying coral life stages and endpoints that are sensitive to oil exposure, deriving species-specific sensitivity constants for tropical corals and applying them in predictive toxicity modelling which accounts for tropical light conditions.

Glen McDermott

Maritime Environmental Emergency Response Incident Controller – Department of Transport

Glen McDermott is the manager of the Department of Transport’s Maritime Environmental Emergency Response (MEER) Team. Since first joining the department in 2018 Glen has fulfilled operational, logistics, incident control and advisory or management positions in both preparedness for and actual responses to Marine Oil Pollution incidents in WA and abroad. 

Key incidents he has been involved in include the MV Nauma Oil Spill in Fremantle Port in 2019, the MV Solomon Trader Oil Spill, in support of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in 2019, and the Ya Tai 2 Oil Spill in Geraldton Port in 2021. 

Glen has also been involved in a myriad of other incidents including the aftermath of the impact of Cyclone Damien in the Dampier Archipelago in 2020, the management of the Oil Spill Risk associated with the Marine Transport Emergency for the MV Barkly Pearl in Geraldton and the Abrolhos Islands across late 2020 and early 2021, and the Department of Transport’s response to Cyclone Seroja and its impacts on Coastal Facilities in Carnarvon, Kalbarri and Geraldton in 2021.

Glen’s experience with the Department of Transport, supplemented by his previous career of over a decade of service as a Military Engineer and Intelligence Officer in the Australian Army means he has a wealth of knowledge on the management of Maritime Environmental Emergencies within WA. This includes both in the development and management of capability in preparedness for emergencies and incidents, but also in the control and coordination of those emergencies and incidents and how they can be resolved in the interests of the WA Community, Environment and Economy.

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