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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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June Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

It continues to amaze me that although the entire maritime industry agrees that ships crews should be considered essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the United Nations (UN), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and various industry organisations have highlighted the steps that need to be taken to facilitate unhindered crew changes, many countries have failed to meet their obligations.

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OCIMF Annual Report 2020

This includes updates on OCIMF membership and Secretariat, key achievements from OCIMF committees, focus groups and working groups, new developments and statistics across the range of OCIMF programmes and information on new and forthcoming publications.

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Out now: International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, Sixth Edition

OCIMF is pleased to announce the release of the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, Sixth Edition (ISGOTT) on 22 June.

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Executive Committee

The 85th meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) was held virtually 17-18 June.

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