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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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November Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

In November 1869, the Suez Canal was opened for the first time. Can you imagine the excitement it must have created in the world at the time, shortening voyage times between Europe/North Africa and the Middle/Far East?

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Two new joint information papers published

OCIMF and INTERTANKO have released two new information papers that will help improve safety in the energy shipping industry: Behavioural Competency Assessment and Verification for Vessel Operators and Sharing Lessons Learned from Incidents.

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Middle East Regional Marine Forum

The last regional marine forum of 2018 was held in Dubai, UAE on 14 November.

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UK Chamber of Shipping 2020 Sulphur Cap event

Technical Adviser (Engineering) Ricardo Martinez represented OCIMF at the UK Chamber of Shipping’s 2020 Sulphur Cap event on 6 November in London, UK

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