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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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April Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

On Friday 13 April, after considerable debate during the week, only 2 of the 173 International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states officially reserved their position on an initial strategy for reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping.

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OCIMF visits ReCAAP ISC

In July 2017, OCIMF and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

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MEG4 update at SIGTTO panel

Rob Drysdale presented an overview of OCIMF’s forthcoming Mooring Equipment Guidelines, Fourth Edition (MEG4) at the 64th Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) panel meeting in London, UK on 11 April.

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OCIMF and IMCA collaborate on OVID programme

The Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) Collaboration Committee met for the first time in London, UK on 11 April.

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