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Do you have experience of inland and coastal barging operations and have expertise in providing advice in this field to improve safety? If you feel you are a subject matter expert on barge operations with the skills to contribute to improving safety performance through collaboration with OCIMF members, help keep international guidance on barge operations up to date and are seeking a new challenge, this job opportunity could be of interest to you.

Bring your technical expertise and knowledge to support our best practice and advocacy activities across the global inland navigation and barging industry including distinct regional specific development of safety guidance in Europe, North America, South America, Far East and Asia on behalf of our 112 global members.

What’s the role? 

Day to day, you will coordinate and align the OCIMF barge activities, promoting continual improvement in relation to safety and environmental activities.  The role will require working with International, National and Local legislative bodies in respect of barge activities, (e.g. CCNR, the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine, to support accurate guidance on transportation of dangerous goods on inland waterways across Europe), as well as coordinating the OCIMF barge expert group and associated communities of practice, developing proposals for improved industry guidance and barge inspection schemes.

The role will include planning and hosting OCIMF’s meetings on barging issues, attending external meetings across different regions with relevant stakeholders and engaging with European country officials for updates to the International Safety Guidelines for Inland Navigation Tank Barges and Terminals (ISGINTT), hosting regional marine forums, preparing for and presenting at industry conferences and facilitating meetings.  Coordination of activities including the production of minutes, agendas, and to support OCIMF in a Secretary to the Chair capacity and working with other advisers to deliver solutions. The role requires collating and managing all data in respect to barge activities, as well as being organised and a strong problem solver. The position reports to the Director, Publications and Advocacy.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with inland and coastal operations including terminal interfaces. Aspects of the European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS) have recently transitioned into the OCIMF barge inspection programme and one of the major work activities planned is to update ISGINTT, so preference will be given to those with experience in the European barging industry. Fluent in the English language, it would be an advantage to have a working knowledge of additional languages such as German, Dutch and French and have experience of global marine assurance aspects of inland and coastal barging operations including familiarity with EBIS and TMSA programmes. It would be desirable to have previous working experience within an OCIMF member company or with quality assurance and operations background in a barge operating company.

This is a new role and a rare and exciting opportunity to join OCIMF, the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals, and offshore support vessels.

The position will initially be offered as a fixed-term employment contract for three years with the salary experience dependant. 

How to apply

Click the button below for a copy of the full job description, including details of the knowledge, skills and experience required for the job.  We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Barge Adviser 

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31 August with interviews planned for week commencing 13 September 2021. 

You must send your up to date CV, together with a letter of application, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in the post to the Recruitment Administrator, OCIMF, 29 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9BU. If you post your application, please include your email address and your telephone number on your CV or letter.

Make sure the information you send us explains clearly how you meet the knowledge, skills, experience and personal qualities criteria specified in the job description. Your letter of application should tell us why you are interested in the job.

Please email any questions you have to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OCIMF are unable to sponsor workers who are not legally permitted to work in the UK, so applicants must be able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK or be able to work from their home country in the EU (subject to periodic attendance at our offices in London).

OCIMF’s 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.