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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 110 companies worldwide.


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February Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

February is always a strange month in the UK. The weather is usually grey and miserable, but recently it was similar to California’s for nearly a week!

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Effective Mooring, Fourth Edition is out now

Effective Mooring gives crew a general introduction to mooring and guidance on how to stay safe during mooring operations.

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Ship Security – Hull Vulnerability Study

In response to an increase in maritime security threats, OCIMF collaborated with defence company QinetiQ to conduct a study of tanker hull vulnerability.

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OCIMF joins European Sustainable Shipping Forum

Technical Adviser (Engineering) Ricardo Martinez has been appointed to the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF), a group of experts on maritime transport sustainability, and attended its first meeting on 23 January in Brussels, Belgium.

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