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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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July Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

Regular readers of our newsletter will know we are implementing our refreshed strategy.

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Information paper withdrawn – Guidelines for the Control of Drug and Alcohol Onboard Ship

On 2 July 2020, OCIMF withdrew the information paper Guidelines for the Control of Drug and Alcohol Onboard Ship due to clerical errors in the text.

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Calls for nominations for OCIMF committees and expert group – now open

In line with its refreshed Strategy, OCIMF is proposing to restructure its committees in order to focus on areas of greatest risk to members.

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Navigation and Routeing Sub-committee

58th meeting: June 2020, virtual meeting (OCIMF). Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Navigation and Routeing Sub-committee (NaRSuC) progressed various action items and projects.

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