About Us

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 111 companies worldwide.

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  • Ocimf Annual Report 2017

December Newsletter Highlights

Directors Log

As we approach Christmas and the end of 2017 I would like to take the opportunity to thank the many people, companies and organisations that have helped OCIMF achieve some significant milestone this year; together we have continued the journey to make out maritime world safer and cleaner.

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OCIMF appoints Chevron’s Mark Ross as new Chairman

The Annual General Meeting voted to support the Executive Committee’s appointment of Chevron Shipping Company President Mark Ross as the new OCIMF Chairman.

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New information paper: Northern Sea Route Navigation

Northern Sea Route Navigation: Best Practices and Challenges was released by OCIMF on 7 December.

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Shared Awareness and Deconfliction meeting

OCIMF attended the 41st Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) meeting in Bahrain, on 21 and 22 November.

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