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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 105 companies worldwide.


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July Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

Cyber Security…Cyber Safety…Digital Security…Cyber Risk Management; these are just some of the terms used in the maritime context to describe the awareness, knowledge and preparedness of merchant shipping to protect itself from the increasing threat of maritime cybercrime.

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IMO News

The 116th session of the Council was held at the International Maritime Organization Headquarters in London from 4 to 7 July.

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Maritime Security Snippets

OCIMF Director Andrew Cassels welcomed Mr Masafumi Kuroki, the new Executive Director of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC), to OCIMF on 6 July.

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Mooring Equipment Guidelines - Update

Work on the fourth edition of the Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG) has got off to a great start and the steering group are on course to deliver a final draft to the Ports and Terminals Committee (PTC) in the first half of 2017.

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