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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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January Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

We’ve started the year off at OCIMF at a fast pace with the publication of two information papers.

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Dynamic Torsion Load Tests for Offshore Hoses

OCIMF has updated its guidance on dynamic torsion load tests for offshore hoses in the new information paper: Dynamic Torsion Load Tests for Offshore Hoses: An Update to the Guide to Manufacturing and Purchasing Hoses for Offshore Moorings (GMPHOM 2009), section 3.4.10.3.

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Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Cargo Systems on Oil Tankers

OCIMF's latest information paper presents the technologies and methods that are currently available for controlling or treating Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from oil tanker loading and during vessel transit.

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Call for industry photos

OCIMF is refreshing its digital library of industry photos. We would be extremely grateful if you could send us any photos for use in our annual report, OCIMF publications and promotional material.

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