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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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May Newsletter Highlights

Directors Log

No one can fail to notice that there’s a lot of discussion and debate on the subject of climate change and related greenhouse gas emission reductions initiatives.

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OCIMF joins new Safety of Future Fuels initiative

As a participating member of Together in Safety, OCIMF has joined the Safety of Future Fuels working group.

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SIRE and OVID retain ISO accreditation

OCIMF is proud to announce that the Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE) and the Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) Quality Management System (QMS) have been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 recertification until 5 June 2024 by the British Standards Institution.

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New information paper released

OCIMF’s new paper, Guidelines for the Handling, Storage, Use, Maintenance and Testing of STS Hoses, provides guidance to ship-to-ship (STS) service providers, Masters, and operators of ships that use hose assemblies to transfer liquid-bulk cargoes via STS.

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