About Us

Our mission is to be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals and offshore support vessels, promoting continuous improvement in standards of design and operation.

OCIMF was formed in April 1970 in response to the growing public concern about marine pollution, particularly by oil, after the Torrey Canyon incident in 1967.

In the early 1970s, a variety of anti-pollution initiatives were starting to emerge nationally, regionally and internationally, but with little coordination.

Through OCIMF, the oil industry was able to play a stronger, coordinating role in response to these initiatives, making its professional expertise widely available through cooperation with governments and intergovernmental bodies.

OCIMF was granted consultative status at the IMO in 1971 and continues to present oil industry views at IMO meetings. Since then, its role has broadened to take account the changing maritime activities of its membership.

Its remit now covers tankers, barges, offshore support vessels and terminals and its advice extends to issues like shipping in ice and large-scale piracy, which rarely troubled the oil industry when OCIMF was first created in the 1970s.

The current membership of OCIMF comprises 96 companies worldwide.

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July Newsletter Highlights

Directors Log

As we move into holiday season for many of the membership and secretariat I was told that “things go quiet”. I can now tell you that is not the case.

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Ice forum

The ICE Forum and its work groups the Marine Terminals Impacted by Severe Low Temperatures and Ice (MIST), and the Northern Sea Route (NSR), met at the OCIMF offices on the 22-24 June.

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MRV and CO2 emissions from vessels

OCIMF continues to be engaged with the European Commission’s (EC) directive to monitor CO2 emissions from ships of 5,000GT and above that call EU ports, regardless of flag...

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Appointment of the new Secretary-General to IMO

After four years as Secretary General, Mr Koji Sekimizu decided to step down due to personal reasons and not stand for the customary second term.

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