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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 105 companies worldwide.


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June Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

June has been an extremely busy month for OCIMF. We welcomed the new IMO Secretary-General Mr Kitack Lim to our offices in London, I reported to the Directors at the Executive Committee, and the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre for the Gulf of Guinea (MTISC—GoG) pilot project concluded.

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An Invitation to the IMO

Members are reminded of the opportunity that exists to attend IMO meetings as part of the OCIMF Secretariat delegation.

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European Regional Panel

The fifth European Regional Panel (ERP) meeting took place on 15 June in London.

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Completion of the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre — Gulf of Guinea Project

The MTISC—GoG pilot project officially ended on 20 June and a joint French and UK maritime information network is now in place and able to build on its success.

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