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 112 companies worldwide.


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July Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

Last year OCIMF reviewed its Strategy 2020, which was launched in 2012 and is designed to guide us through to 2020.

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Joining ReCAAP ISC in the fight against piracy

OCIMF and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 24 July.

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North America Regional Marine Forum

The first Regional Marine Forum was held 11–12 July in Tampa, Florida, USA.

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Be Cyber Aware at Sea - film

OCIMF has worked with the global maritime cyber security awareness campaign “Be Cyber Aware at Sea”, other industry sponsors and Fidra Films to produce a new film highlighting the vital and increasing importance of cyber security to the maritime industry.

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