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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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August Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

This month we have been preparing for the committee season – developing agendas and presentation materials for our principal and sub-committee meetings scheduled between September and November.

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IMO survey

OCIMF is conducting a members’ survey to assess the IMO-related safety, security and environmental issues that are priorities for member companies.

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South and Central America Regional Marine Forum

The provisional agenda for OCIMF's upcoming South and Central America Regional Marine Forum has now been announced.

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VIQ7 and OVIQ3 in effect 17 September

The SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ7) and the Offshore Vessel Inspection Questionnaire Template (OVIQ3) will officially come into effect on Monday 17 September 2018.

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