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Industry update following security incident in the Persian Gulf
05 January 2021

The attached industry document updates guidance issued by INTERTANKO/OCIMF on 21 Jun 2019 and reminds members seafarers operating in the Southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Straits of Hormuz and Arabian Gulf must remain vigilant and listen for military warnings AT ALL TIMES.

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Industry publishes new and improved cyber security guidelines
04 January 2021

The fourth edition of the industry cyber risk management guidelines, Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships is now available (see attached) and lays the foundation for further improvements and refinement of companies’ cyber security risk assessments.

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Gulf of Guinea Bridge cards
18 December 2020

There is an ever increasing threat faced by those operating in the Gulf of Guinea. In support of BMP WA, the OCIMF Maritime Security Committee have produced a set of GOG Bridge Cards intended as a quick reference during time of tension.

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OCIMF 50th anniversary book
14 December 2020

This year OCIMF celebrated our 50th anniversary. While we may not have had the celebrations that we hoped this year, we have produced a commemorative book to mark the event.

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Behavioural Competency Assessment and Verification for Vessel Operators
09 December 2020

Released jointly with INTERTANKO, Behavioural Competency Assessment and Verification for Vessel Operators presents a system for assessing competency in seafarers. This video explain what the system is and how it might work for you in practice.

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SIRE/EBIS Transition checklist
01 December 2020

In order to create a single barge inspection scheme within Europe, the European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS) is being transitioned into the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) Ship Inspection Report (SIRE) programme. With 1 month to go until the 1 January 2021 transition deadline the checklist below aims to help make sure that members, submitting companies, programme recipients and inspectors are ready.

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SIRE/EBIS Transition Webinar
30 November 2020

In order to create a single barge inspection scheme within Europe, the European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS) is being transitioned into the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) Ship Inspection Report (SIRE) programme.

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SIRE 2.0, updates on the role of inspectors and on reporting
16 November 2020

To ensure programmes keep pace with industry change, in 2017, OCIMF established a Vessel Inspection Programme (VIP) Steering Group and convened specialist Working Groups to review and improve upon OCIMFs Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE) tanker risk assessment tool. Working with the industry, OCIMF’s Vessel Inspection Project team are developing an enhanced and risk-based vessel inspection programme (SIRE 2.0) that will supersede the existing SIRE programme. The new regime will provide more accurate information to enable OCIMF members and programme recipients to make better judgements on the quality and the likely future performance of a vessel. Please find attached the SIRE 2.0 updates on the role of inspectors and on reporting. The overview and inspections factsheets were shared in July, and are available on the OCIMF website.

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OCIMF's Vessel Inspection Programme (VIP) Project - an enhanced and risk-based inspection programme (SIRE 2.0)
28 July 2020

To ensure programmes keep pace with industry change, in 2017, OCIMF established a Vessel Inspection Programme (VIP) Steering Group and convened specialist Working Groups to review and improve upon OCIMFs Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE) tanker risk assessment tool. Working with the industry, OCIMF’s Vessel Inspection Project team are developing an enhanced and risk-based vessel inspection programme (SIRE 2.0) that will supersede the existing SIRE programme. The new regime will more accurately report on the quality of a vessel and its crew (on an ongoing basis) and indicate future likely performance. Please find below the SIRE 2.0 Overview and Inspections factsheets. Updates on the role of inspectors and on reporting will be released next month.

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Best practice precautions for carrying out the pre-transfer conference during the COVID 19 Pandemic
06 April 2020

Some best practices to assist ship and terminal operators putting together a safety plan to carry out the pre-transfer conference during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Safety & Security and the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) in Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman
03 July 2019

Safety & Security and the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) in Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman

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Gulf of Guinea Piracy Continues to Threaten Seafarers – Industry Wants Action Now
07 June 2019

Members of the shipping community, Flag States and Agencies from Gulf of Guinea gathered at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for a day-long symposium on Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea. The event, co-sponsored by BIMCO, IMCA, ICS, ITF and OCIMF, featured speakers from regional maritime agencies as well as shipping officials, academics and military staff. The shipping industry, along with seafarer groups, organized the event to highlight the continuing danger to seafarers operating in the Gulf of Guinea.

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Joint-Industry Alert on Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
16 February 2018

Two tankers have been hijacked in the last 4 weeks in the Gulf of Guinea. This, coupled with the number of attacks and kidnappings of seafarers in this region has alarmed the international shipping industry. The Round Table of Shipping Associations and OCIMF are working with the International Coordination Centre (ICC) and navies to address the security considerations. However, in response to this increased threat of hijack and kidnap in the Gulf of Guinea the international shipping industry reminds all ship owners and managers, and the seafarers operating in the area that they have a responsibility to ensure that their ships are adequately protected.

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