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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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August Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

The OCIMF Secretariat members are now in our sixth month of working from home. Although it’s a long time since we last met face-to-face, the time seems to have flown by.

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Remote Inspections now available in the SIRE and OVID programmes

OCIMF has now included a remote vessel inspection option as a temporary tool within both the Ship Inspection Report (SIRE) Programme and the Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) following a robust management of change process.

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New publication: Recommendations on the Proactive Use of Voyage Data Recorder Information

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) published an updated edition of the Recommendations on the Proactive Use of Voyage Data Recorder Information in August 2020.

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Strategy news

The implementation of our refreshed strategy passed a major milestone on 21 August with the decision was made to roll-out the new committee structure on schedule.

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