ECM’s California Office/Operations

ECM is pleased to announce some changes in its California office/operations. Firstly, ECM would like to introduce the newest member of its team, Stephen Edinger, Manager, California Operations.

Steve has spent his professional career protecting California’s wildlife and natural environments, serving over 28 years in environmental law enforcement.

He began his career in 1982 as a law enforcement ranger with the National Park Service.

Stephen Edinge speaking at a press conference

For more than 18 years, he has functioned in various capacities with the California Department of Fish and Game, including serving as the incident commander on hundreds of pollution events across the state. He also served as California’s incident commander during the M/V Cosco Busan oil spill response in San Francisco Bay during November 2007.

In 2008, then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Steve as Administrator of California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR).

As Administrator, he oversaw more than 300 employees at OSPR, a program recognized as the premiere state spill response program in the nation.

Steve’s first official duty with ECM was to attend the Clean Gulf Conference in Austin, Texas November 30th – December 1st. Clean Gulf is North America’s largest oil spill training event and exhibition.

Participants included companies in the oil and chemical spill response sector, as well as the maritime security and marine salvage industries.

At Clean Gulf, Steve presented a case study involving a 4,000 gallon diesel fuel spill into the Smith River in Northern California in 2008. The spill, caused by a vehicle accident, created unique problems in an environmentally sensitive area. Steve’s presentation highlighted the need for planning and preparedness by the trucking industry and government agencies before a spill occurs. He also emphasized the need for companies that are at risk of oil spills to ensure that their insurance policies cover the response to and cleanup of a spill.

ECM trust its clients will agree that Steve’s background and professional experience working in California make him a perfect fit for ECM and his appointment is yet another example of our commitment to provide its clients with an unsurpassed level of quality and expertise.

Secondly, ECM’s former Manager of California Operations, Justin Likens, has been relocated to Houston office, Texas. As ECM’s vessel inspection and audit services continues to grow in leaps and bounds, Justin offered to transfer from California to Texas to assist the operations in Texas. He has already been a welcome addition there, enabling ECM to handle the increased workload while enhancing ECM’s  SMT capability.

And, finally with the addition of Steve, ECM has officially relocated California office from Irvine to Folsom, just outside of Sacramento and fairly close to the OSPR office. ECM’s new California office contact details are:

ECM Maritime Services, LLC

1024 Iron Point Road

Folsom, CA 95630

Telephone: 916-357-6785

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