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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 112 companies worldwide.

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  • Annual Report 2018 Home

November Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

As we head towards the end of another year, I reflect on the industry’s hard work and progress throughout 2019.

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Design and Construction Specification for Marine Loading Arms – Coming soon

Design and Construction Specification for Marine Loading Arms, Fourth Edition, will be out 13 December.

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Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment – Coming soon

Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment, Second Edition, will be out 16 December.

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International Seminar on Port State Control

OCIMF was represented at the International Seminar on Port State Control on 6 November in Ningbo, China by OCIMF Senior Technical Adviser Dave Wall who presented and answered questions on the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap and OCIMF’s safety concerns.

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