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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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September Newsletter Highlights

Directors Log

September has been a very busy month for the Secretariat as preparations are made for the second round of main committees, sub-committees, work and focus groups meetings and which culminate in the Executive Committee on 11 November in Houston.

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Monobuoy and Oil Terminal Operators conference

Andrew Cassels and Raj Shetty represented OCIMF at the Latin-American Society of Monobuoy Operators’ (SLOM) 11th Monobuoy and Oil Terminal Operators conference in Lima, Peru. The event was attended by 280 participants from 30 countries.

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The Marine Technical Sub-Committee

The 31st Marine Technical Sub-Committee (MTSC) met in the OCIMF London offices 8-10 September hosted by Shell.

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Revising of Design and Construction Specification for Marine Loading Arms

As noted in the June issue, the work has begun on updating and revising the Design and Construction Specification for Marine Loading Arms, 1999.

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