About Us

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 112 companies worldwide.


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May Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

The OCIMF Executive Committee met last week in Houston where they reviewed the organisation’s performance and provided me with strategic direction.

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Guidelines for Offshore Tanker Operations

The group overseeing the development of the Guidelines for Offshore Tanker Operations (GOTO) held their third meeting from 15–16 May at the OCIMF office.

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SIRE data mining tool

SIRE have created a data mining tool for technical vessel operators, that will allow them to monitor key metrics across their fleet.

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Marine Loading Arms

The working group overseeing the update to the Design and Construction Specification for Marine Loading Arms met on 23–24 May at the Shell office, Rijswijk, Netherlands.

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