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We’ve started the year off at OCIMF at a fast pace with the publication of two information papers.

You’ll also notice that we have withdrawn some publications, the contents of which were considered no longer valid. As we work through our strategy review, it has become clear that we need to focus our activities on high-value outputs, and part of this is considering older publications for withdrawal if the subject is better covered by others in the industry. Throughout 2019 I suspect you will see more notifications of older publications being withdrawn that are no longer relevant or out of date. However, where there is a definite value to members or the industry, they will be reviewed and republished.

I’m happy to announce that access to Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) reports has been extended beyond OCIMF members in an effort to continuously improve information sharing. Access to individual TMSA reports by non-OCIMF members will trigger a request to the operator for permission to share, so that control remains with the operator.

2018 was a mixed bag for maritime security. Improvements were seen in the Horn of Africa and Asia Pacific, but these were offset by increased attacks in the Gulf of Guinea. The road to a solution in the Gulf of Guinea is not simple due to the various territorial waters involved, but we continue to work with governments and other bodies to find a way forward. You can read more on maritime security in the newsletter.

I hope your year is off to a good start, and wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.

Rob Drysdale
Director OCIMF

Dynamic Torsion Load Tests for Offshore Hoses

OCIMF has updated its guidance on dynamic torsion load tests for offshore hoses in the new information paper: Dynamic Torsion Load Tests for Offshore Hoses: An Update to the Guide to Manufacturing and Purchasing Hoses for Offshore Moorings (GMPHOM 2009), section

This information paper provides replacement text for section Dynamic Test – Torsion Load of GMPHOM 2009 and explains the reason for the update. The key changes are:

  • When undertaking the test, a torque should be applied to the hose to induce a twist of one or two degrees/metre, with the hose manufacturer determining the actual twist value to be applied to the prototype hose. In GMPHOM 2009, the twist value was set at two degrees/metre only.
  • Added guidance on using dynamic analysis to help purchasers and manufacturers better understand the actual degree of twist to be expected in service.
  • Clarified that the test should be conducted with the hose in displacement mode.

Read Dynamic Torsion Load Tests for Offshore Hoses

Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Cargo Systems on Oil Tankers

OCIMF's latest information paper presents the technologies and methods that are currently available for controlling or treating Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from oil tanker loading and during vessel transit.

It includes information on regulations, equipment, safety concerns, training and other design and installation considerations that will help operators better understand the technologies and methods available for controlling these emissions.

Read VOC Emissions from Cargo Systems on Oil Tankers

Withdrawn publications

In 2017, OCIMF started a major review of its publications to make sure they continue to provide safe and accurate information.

OCIMF has reviewed the following publications and found them to be out of date. They have now been withdrawn and are no longer available to buy or download from the OCIMF website.

  • A Guide to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Regimes. The IOPC Funds produces useful and regularly updated documentation on its website:
  • Briefing Paper for OCIMF Member Chartering and Vetting Groups—The use of Large Tankers in Seasonal First-Year Ice or Severe Sub-Zero Conditions (2009). Superseded by OCIMF’s The Use of Large Tankers in Seasonal First-Year Ice or Severe Sub-Zero Conditions (2010).
  • Contingency Planning and Crew Response Guide for Gas Carrier Damage at Sea and in Port Approaches (1999, with SIGTTO and ICS). See SIGTTO's Support Craft at Liquefied Gas Facilities: Principles of Emergency Response and Protection (2015) for more up-to-date guidance.
  • Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) (2001). See MARPOL Annex VI and continuing updates via MEPC circulars for more up-to-date information.
  • Hawser Test Report (1982). Relevant information will be included in the forthcoming second edition of Guidelines for the Purchasing and Testing of SPM Hawsers (due 2020).
  • Guide to Contingency Planning for the Gas Carrier Alongside and Within Port Limits (1999, with SIGTTO and ICS). See SIGTTO's Support Craft at Liquefied Gas Facilities: Principles of Emergency Response and Protection (2015) for more up-to-date guidance.

If you have any questions, please contact the Publications team at

TMSA access extended to non-OCIMF members

From 14 January, access to Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) reports was extended to non-OCIMF members who are registered as Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE) recipients.

This major change means more information is available to more SIRE users, which will help improve overall safety and marine assurance. SIRE recipients can now request vessel operators’ permission to view their TMSA reports directly from the TMSA page of their SIRE account.

SIRE vessel operators maintain full control over which SIRE recipients can see their TMSA reports, and can choose whether to make a TMSA report available to:

  • All SIRE recipient members, including both OCIMF members and non-OCIMF members.
  • OCIMF members only.
  • Selected companies only.

Once approval has been granted by the vessel operator, TMSA reports can be downloaded directly from SIRE, or via OCIMF’s web services on the API Documentation site.

Full details of the new functionality are in the SIRE recipient members quick start guide in the SIRE resources area. For any enquiries, please contact the SIRE and OVID Contracts Manager at or +44 (0)20 7654 1229.

Maritime Security Snippets

Increased piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: International Maritime Bureau Piracy Report 2018

The key message from the International Maritime Bureau report is that piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa.

The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 201 incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery worldwide. This has gone up from 180 in 2017, showing that the Gulf of Guinea is increasingly dangerous for seafarers. Reports of attacks in waters between the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo more than doubled, accounting for all six hijackings worldwide.

The full report is available on the IMB website.

ReCAAP ISC report shows lowest number of incidents since 2007

On 15 January, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) released its annual report for 2018.

The report highlights:

  • A total of 76 incidents of piracy and armed robbery were reported in Asia between January and December 2018, including 62 actual and 14 attempted incidents.
  • This is the lowest number of incidents since ReCAAP ISC began keeping records in 2007.
  • Since 2017, the total number of incidents has decreased by 25% and actual incidents have decreased by 31%.
  • Four of the 76 incidents were piracy and 72 were armed robbery against ships.

Masafumi Kuroki, the Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC, concluded: “While ReCAAP ISC welcomes the recent downward trend in the number of incidents of piracy and sea robbery in Asia, we urge the law enforcement/regulatory authorities and shipping industry to continue the vigilance and cooperation that has led to the decrease.”

The full report is available on the ReCAAP ISC website.

Forms and templates available on OCIMF website

Several forms and templates from OCIMF publications (books and information papers) are also available as PDF versions for you to download and fill in electronically.

You will find them listed under each publication on the OCIMF website:

Shortcuts to all available forms and templates are also given below.

From Transfer of Personnel by Crane between Vessels:

From Deck Cargo Management Onboard Offshore Vessels:

From Sharing Lessons Learned from Incidents:

From Mooring Equipment Guidelines, Fourth Edition (MEG4) – also available on

Please contact with any questions or feedback.

News from the IMO

The IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) held its sixth session 16–25 January 2019. The following are key decisions and outcomes from the meeting:


  • The NCSR approved the Guidelines for the standardization of user interface design for navigation equipment. The guidelines are intended to enhance the safety and efficiency of navigation through an improved and user-friendly bridge. The guidelines will be sent to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) for approval in June 2019.
  • The NCSR endorsed the termination of the obsolete voluntary ship reporting system English Channel and Dover Strait Movement Reporting System (MAREP).
  • The NCSR revoked the obsolete SN/Circ.232 on Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) off Ushant, associated inshore traffic zone, and Passage de Fromveur, Chenal du Four, Chenal de la Helle and Raz de Sein, noting that the TSS remained dangerous and unsuitable for international traffic.
  • The NCSR approved the establishment of a TSS in the Sunda Strait and Lombok Strait, as well as associated routeing measures and a precautionary area with recommended traffic flow directions.
  • The NCSR did not approve a proposal to establish an Area To Be Avoided (ATBA) off the Brazilian south-east coast in the Santos Basin region for ships not engaged in offshore activities. A revised proposal will be submitted to NCSR 7.
  • The NCSR approved the draft MSC circular on Guidance for navigation and communication equipment intended for use on ships operating in polar waters. This will be sent to MSC for approval in June 2019.


  • NCSR agreed in principle to draft amendments to chapters III and IV of SOLAS for entry into force in 2024. An IMO Correspondence Group was established to finalise the drafts for approval at NCSR 7 in 2020.
  • NCSR agreed to retain radar Search and Rescue Transponder (SART) as part of the requirements of SOLAS regulation IV/7.1.3.
  • NCSR noted interoperability issues between multiple providers of Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) mobile satellite systems. Member States and international organisations were invited to submit proposals to MSC on how to address the issues.

Search and Rescue

  • The NCSR validated the revised model course 3.14 on Search and Rescue (SAR) Mission Coordinator (IAMSAR Manual Volume II).
  • The NCSR approved an updated SAR.7 circular on List of documents and publications which should be held by a Maritime or Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.

Voyage Data Recorder

The NCSR approved draft amendments to the Guidelines on annual testing of voyage data recorders (VDR) and simplified voyage data recorders (S-VDR) (MSC.1/Circ.1222). The draft amendments reflect that VDR float-free capsules should also be tested in accordance with Guidelines on annual testing of for testing of 406 MHz Satellite EPIRBs (MSC.1/Circ.1040/Rev.1). The amendments will be sent to MSC for approval in June 2019.

Call for nominations: IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

OCIMF encourages members to submit nominations by 1 April to Sam Megwa, Chief Representative to the IMO, at

Guidelines and the nomination form are available on the IMO website.

Programme announcements

Two-factor authentication

To increase security, OCIMF will be implementing two-factor authentication (2FA) in SIRE, OVID and MTIS from 4 February. 2FA provides a second level of authentication beyond a user’s password.

Upon login, the system will generate a unique code and send it to the user through a pre-arranged communication channel (text message or email). Users will need to enter the code into the OCIMF programme system to confirm they are the user logging into their account.

SIRE and OVID message mailboxes

Message mailboxes have now been added to SIRE and OVID to deliver automated system notifications and programme-related announcements. These messages can be accessed directly from a SIRE or OVID account, as shown below.

For any enquiries or further information, contact (for SIRE), (for OVID) or (for MTIS).

OCIMF meeting updates

ISGOTT revision project

Primary Working Group, 5th meeting: 15–17 January, London, UK
Tanker Working Group, 5th meeting: 16–17 January, London, UK
Marine Terminal and Tanker Interface Working Group, 5th meeting: 16–17 January, London, UK

Next meetings:

Steering Group: 11 March, London, UK (hosted by ICS).
Working Groups: 12–14 March, London, UK (hosted by ICS).

Call for industry photos

OCIMF is refreshing its digital library of industry photos. We would be extremely grateful if you could send us any photos for use in our annual report, OCIMF publications and promotional material.

We are particularly looking for photos that show: safety, environmental protection, cargo transfer, mooring, offshore operations, people at work, SIRE/OVID inspections, tankers, barges, marine support vessels, terminals, maritime security, navigation and ice/polar waters, as well as any OCIMF committee meetings, work groups or other OCIMF events you attended. Please send all photos to

Please provide the largest files/highest resolution possible, along with:

  1. A short caption describing the photo
  2. Confirmation that OCIMF has permission to use it in print and online
  3. Details of any conditions/restrictions on use

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