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Our mission is to lead the global marine industry in the promotion of safe and environmentally responsible transportation of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas, and to drive the same values in the management of related offshore marine operations. We do this by developing best practices in the design, construction and safe operation of tankers, barges and offshore vessels and their interfaces with terminals and considering human factors in everything we do.

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 safety, health, security and the environment pertaining to tankers, barges, offshore vessels and terminal interfaces.

The current membership of OCIMF comprises well over 100 companies worldwide.

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September Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

In July, I had mentioned the ongoing planning for the scheduled roll-out of our new committee structure.

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Coming soon: Peril at Sea and Salvage, A Guide for Masters (Sixth Edition)

OCIMF and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Peril at Sea and Salvage, A Guide for Masters (Sixth Edition) in October 2020.

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Marine Structures and Civil Engineering Focus Group

This intercessional meeting aimed to continue discussion and progressing terminal work.

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Marine Technical Sub-committee

This intercessional catch-up meeting aimed to continue discussion of engineering work with an aim to reset in Spring 2021.

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