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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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October Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

I write this month’s log from Singapore where I am attending the Global Maritime Forum through my role in the Together in Safety initiative which I have been participating in since the beginning of the year.

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OCIMF presents at the Trieste Marine Safety Symposium

n 20 September 2019 OCIMF supported member company OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH as they held their first symposium on marine and oil terminal safety in Trieste, Italy.

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Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum in Tokyo

OCIMF's Director Rob Drysdale and Technical Adviser (Engineering) Ricardo Martinez represented OCIMF at the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum in Tokyo, Japan on 17-18 October.

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Technical Meeting in Tokyo

OCIMF's Technical Adviser (Engineering) Ricardo Martinez met with the Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA) and representatives from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) and Tokyo Boeki Engineering, Ltd. (TEN) to exchange views on safety at the ship/shore interface.

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