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Now. Then. Tomorrow..

Local, National and International interaction
A Multi-discipline approach 

Welcome to the WQHN Oil Spills Conference 2022

Join local, national and international delegates from the Offshore Sector - Oil and Gas, Maritime Industry, Environmentalists, Port Operators, Port Facility Operators, Boat Harbour Operators, Harbour Masters, Petroleum Titleholders,  Emergency Management Agencies, key stakeholders and remain updated, informed, and connected.


Featuring a high quality technical program designed for a multi-discipline audience, delegates will be able to review and compare past oil spill incidents, be able to implement future-risk plans, remain updated with industry regulation, learn from other disciplines - and be inspired by technological solutions of today, for tomorrow. 


Held face-to-face in Western Australia, National and International delegates will be able to  access the event, interact in live streamed Q&A discussions and engage virtually with other industry professionals and expert technical speakers, nationally.

Time : AWST  (Australian Western Standard Time)

In-Person (Face to Face) 

Arrival and Registration: 7.45am - 8.00am

Start: 8.00am   Program Finish: 3.15pm   Event finish: 4.30pm

Includes morning tea, lunch, and after the event canapes, drinks, networking till 4.30pm 

In-Person registrations are now open for AUD$690pp

You can also book individually or book a table of 8.

Reduced rate for tables of 8

Virtual ticket sales are now open (currently does not apply for WA) 

Registration online access from 7.45am 

Start 8.15am and finish 3.15pm

Login and password provided up to 12 hours before.

Cost is per person per view strict. 

Maritime | Oil & Gas - Offshore Sector | Environmental Industries

HAZMAT Considerations for oil spill response 

Presented by Dr Jimmy Seow

Adjunct Professor Murdoch University & 

Director Environ Pty Ltd 

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 

Changes to the Australian offshore oil and gas decommissioning framework

Presented by 

Ben Adamson & 

Gavin Vallely - Partner

HFW Australia 

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
Please see here for the program 
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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.

Once completed her tour of duty with Ministry of Defense, she pursued her career as a lecturer with National Defense University Malaysia (NDUM) under Faculty of Defense Management. 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 pilot that flown 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.

Among her achievements are:

• Established Upstream Malaysia Oil & Gas Offshore Joint Maritime Search & Rescue with Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency which recognized by Maritime Safety Canada.

• Established Upstream Malaysia Offshore Joint Aeronautical Search & Rescue with Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia and received recognition from International Civil Aviation Organization and as a result, Malaysia is appointed as the leading country for Asia Pacific Search & Rescue Working Group.

• 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 split between 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., harmful algal blooms), and satellite activities

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.

Benjamin Adamson, Associate, HFW

Ben is an Associate in the Perth office and specialises in the area of dispute resolution in the shipping and construction sectors. Ben has dual qualifications in engineering and law. He has assisted in the defence of shipping and aviation cargo damage claims, and has advised on vessel off-hire and shipbuilding disputes, charter party, bills of lading and contract of affreightment claims, port agent arrangements, offshore EPCI and subsea construction contracts, mining offtake agreements, as well as a range of regulatory matters including those flowing from marine incidents, accidents, towing and wreck removals, and the disposal of end of life vessels within Australia and overseas under Australia's hazardous waste regime.

Gavin Vallely, Partner, HFW

Gavin has more than 25 years' experience advising on contentious and non-contentious matters concerning commercial shipping, offshore oil & gas installations and international trade. His work includes advising on all forms of charterparties, ship/offshore installation sale & purchase and construction, Australian regulatory schemes (including OH&S, environment, coastal shipping, quarantine, Customs and sanctions/anti money laundering) and port/terminal operations.

The Venue 
(for face-to-face delegates 
WA Maritime Museum 

Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle.


Perched on the Indian Ocean's shore, the WA Maritime Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port.

Function Centre and Balcony

Spectacular waterfront views, award-winning architecture and a striking Western Australian setting make the Function Centre and Balcony a unique and prime setting for the WQHN Oil Spills Conference.

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows open out onto the stylishly curved balcony where guests can enjoy the grandeur of uninterrupted water views and watching the cargo ships and other vessels enter and leave the working port when networking from 5.00pm - 6.30pm and during the breaks 

For directions and parking information please see here 

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