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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 109 companies worldwide.

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November Newsletter Highlights

Directors Log

November sees the end of the OCIMF autumn committee season where all our working groups report to their Principal Committee allowing me to report to the Executive Committee (ExCom).

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Learning about the IOPC Funds

The International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Secretariat hosted a training course for OCIMF members at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London from 15 to 17 November.

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Meeting with Petronas Marine Group

OCIMF Deputy Director Jeremy Hudson met with members of the Petronas Marine group to discuss OCIMF updates and current priorities, along with a general discussion about vetting and maritime assurance.

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Support for Nigerian piracy survivors

The International Seafarers Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) has been working with the Nigerian National Seafarers Welfare Board and Seafarers UK to help survivors of piracy in Nigeria.

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