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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 109 companies worldwide.


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March Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

This month saw the 31st anniversary of a tragic maritime incident that resulted in a paradigm change in our shipping industry.

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OCIMF visit to China MSA

Following on from February’s meeting between OCIMF Director Andrew Cassels and the China Marine Safety Agency (MSA), OCIMF has agreed to support the China MSA in their efforts to improve the safety and environmental performance of tanker shipping in China.

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North America Regional Marine Forum

OCIMF held its first Regional Marine Forum of 2018 on 15 March in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.

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A day in the life of the MNLO at UKMTO Dubai

OCIMF asked Merchant Navy Liaison Officer (MNLO) Captain Per Laursen Balle (Maersk Tankers) to tell us about his work in Dubai.

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