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This month we have been preparing for the committee season – developing agendas and presentation materials for our principal and sub-committee meetings scheduled between September and November. IMO activities are also about to kick off again, two Regional Marine Forums are coming up and we are presenting at several conferences.

You may recall in last month’s newsletter I referred to extending our engagement of external stakeholders beyond conferences and regional forums. However, conferences and forums are still very important. OCIMF will be attending the Sociedad Latinoamericana de Operadores de Terminales Marítimos Petroleros y Monoboyas (SLOM) Jornada 3–5 October in Quito, Ecuador. This will be preceded by the OCIMF South and Central America Regional Marine Forum 1–2 October at the same venue. You can read more about the Regional Marine Forum in the newsletter below.

OCIMF’s relationship with SLOM, which goes back some 12 years, is one of mutual interest and support. SLOM’s objectives are very similar to ours, as both organisations aim to continuously improve safety. This annual conference is one of the most professional events I have attended and the topics on the agenda are always interesting and relevant. Why not ‘kill two birds’ and register for both the OCIMF Regional Marine Forum and the SLOM Jornada?

As a reminder for those of you in the Middle East region, our Middle East Regional Marine Forum will be held in Dubai in mid-November, in conjunction with ENOC’s Marine Conference.

You’ll see a short article below addressed to OCIMF members on our strategy for engagement with the IMO. This will feed into a much larger strategy study on preparing OCIMF to meet the challenges of the future. Over the next few months, we’ll be taking a hard look at our role in the industry and how we best serve our members, and identifying where we can add the highest value from a safety, security and emissions perspective. We are aiming to complete the study by the middle of next year.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous September.

Rob Drysdale Director OCIMF

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IMO survey

OCIMF is conducting a members’ survey to assess the IMO-related safety, security and environmental issues that are priorities for member companies. This survey will directly inform OCIMF’s IMO strategy and ensure it delivers more effective actions for members.

The survey will run until Monday 17 September and takes between 5–20 minutes to complete. The survey is open to OCIMF members only: members need to log in to the OCIMF members' page to access the survey.

Complete the IMO survey now

The responses to this survey will be analysed by the OCIMF Secretariat and used to:

  • Identify which IMO issues OCIMF should contribute to or monitor for member companies.
  • Develop and communicate OCIMF positions on IMO issues.
  • Coordinate members’ engagement and input prior to IMO meetings.
  • Provide feedback and updates to member companies on IMO issues.

The survey allows a member company to make either one coordinated submission or multiple submissions by different individuals who have the authority to give a company view. This recognises that not all members have a centralised external affairs team/function.

Contact Sam Megwa, OCIMF Deputy Director and Chief Representative to the IMO, at, with any questions.

South and Central America Regional Marine Forum

The provisional agenda for OCIMF's upcoming South and Central America Regional Marine Forum has now been announced.

Join OCIMF on 1–2 October in Quito, Ecuador, followed by the SLOM Jornada 3-5 October. OCIMF members are invited to a special members-only session on 1 October on barge strategy, piracy and security and regional issues. The evening drinks reception on 1 October and the full-day session on 2 October are open to both members and non-members.

The provisional agenda will include:

New OCIMF publications

  • Guidelines for Offshore Tanker Operations.
  • Recommendations for Liquefied Gas Carrier Manifolds.
  • Cargo Guidelines for F(P)SOs.

OCIMF programmes

  • SIRE, OVID and MTIS updates.
  • OCIMF and non-OCIMF member perspectives.
  • Barge strategy update.

Best practice and lessons learned

  • Incident sharing.
  • Regional issues.

The full provisional agenda is available on the OCIMF website.

Register your interest in the South and Central America Regional Marine Forum

Middle East Regional Marine Forum

OCIMF's Middle East Regional Marine Forum will be held on 13–14 November in Dubai, UAE.

Register your interest in the Middle East Regional Marine Forum

Global Inland and Coastal Barging Focus Group

8th meeting, 31 July–1 August, London, UK

The meeting was attended by 10 members and reviewed:

  • The establishment of additional regional Inland and Coastal Barging Focus Groups in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Development of the International Safety Guide for Inland Navigation Tank-barges and Terminals (ISGINTT) and gap analysis with US Barge Safety Guide.
  • OCIMF global barge strategy.
  • Planned updates to the European Barge Inspection Questionnaire (BIQ).
  • Mooring incidents on barges.

Next meeting: 5–6 February, London, UK

VIQ7 and OVIQ3 in effect 17 September

The SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ7) and the Offshore Vessel Inspection Questionnaire Template (OVIQ3) will officially come into effect on Monday 17 September 2018.

The SIRE Focus Group and OVID Focus Groups have led extensive revisions of both documents to bring them up to date with changes in legislation and best practices.

For any enquiries, please contact: