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 109 companies worldwide.

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January Newsletter Highlights

Directors Log

Happy New Year to you all, if it is not too late to say that.

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Can you help improve maritime security?

Security is an important and growing area of concern for OCIMF and we are seeking new members to join the Maritime Security Sub-committee and Cyber work group.

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News from the IMO

The 4th Session of the Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) Sub-Committee was held at IMO headquarters in London from 16-20 January.

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IMO – 50 Years Working Together

The IMO, IOPC Funds and ITOPF launched an exhibition in January to mark the achievements that have been made in oil spill prevention and response in the last 50 years.

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