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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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July Newsletter Highlights

Directors Log

It hardly seems a month since the last newsletter went out. As they say, "time flies when you're having fun".

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New publication: Cargo Guidelines for F(P)SOs

OCIMF is proud to present a new publication. Cargo Guidelines for F(P)SOs offers guidelines, recommendations and best practice for safe cargo handling and associated operations on board F(P)SOs.

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MEG4 launch event

OCIMF celebrated the release of Mooring Equipment Guidelines, Fourth Edition (MEG4) on board the HMS Belfast in London, UK.

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OCIMF conducts training for the Chinese Maritime Safety Authority

OCIMF continues to develop and strengthen its relationship with Port State Control Authorities in China.

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