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Our mission is to lead the global marine industry in the promotion of safe and environmentally responsible transportation of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas, and to drive the same values in the management of related offshore marine operations. We do this by developing best practices in the design, construction and safe operation of tankers, barges and offshore vessels and their interfaces with terminals and considering human factors in everything we do.

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 safety, health, security and the environment pertaining to tankers, barges, offshore vessels and terminal interfaces.

The current membership of OCIMF comprises well over 100 companies worldwide.

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March Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

The last week of March was accentuated by the container ship EVER GIVEN grounding in the Suez Canal.

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New information paper – Guidelines for Transiting the Turkish Straits

OCIMF is pleased to announce the publication of an updated edition of the information paper Guidelines for Transiting the Turkish Straits.

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OCIMF presents at Coventry University London

Sam Megwa, OCIMF Programmes Director, and Rob Drysdale, OCIMF Managing Director, were invited by Coventry University (CU) London to make a presentation to undergraduate students on the Oil, Gas and Energy Management course on 1 March.

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Publications & Advocacy Tankers, Barges and Terminal Interfaces Committee

The Publications & Advocacy Tankers, Barges and Terminal Interfaces (P&A TBT) Committee met 17-18 March for their second meeting.

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