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Director's Log

I hope this edition of our newsletter finds you in better circumstances than the last.

It seems that many regions are starting to emerge on the right side of the pandemic and we hope that people remain vigilant and reasonable in their behaviour to prevent a second wave. It is encouraging to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

OCMF’s main outputs are publications of best practices and guidance, programmes, advocacy work and acting as a platform for member collaboration. We have been able to continue with these outputs while working remotely, with only programmes slightly affected.

The International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, Sixth Edition (ISGOTT) is now with the printers and is expected to be published 22 June – a great example of collaboration with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and continuation of the momentum that we had before the lockdown in the UK. We have continued to collaborate remotely with other industry bodies and governments on maritime security improvement initiatives and with discussions at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). We have successfully run a number of virtual forums with our members to continue sharing experiences and information. Our experience of working remotely has been positive and these outputs have not been negatively affected.

While vessel inspections are mostly continuing, there have been fewer new inspections carried out over the last couple of months because of travel restrictions, access through terminals and, understandably, concern from crew members and inspectors about interfacing with each other.

In April, we set up a task force to provide guidance to all stakeholders in the programme inspection area and to investigate potential alternative solutions if the pandemic continues more than a few months. One potential solution was a combination of remote inspection and the provision of repositories to capture information and data early during an inspection request. The team has been making good progress and we hope to share more information on this topic soon.

I wish you a happy, healthy and safe June.

Rob Drysdale
Director OCIMF

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Coming soon: International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, Sixth Edition

OCIMF is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the International Safety Guide forOil Tankers and Terminals, Sixth Edition (ISGOTT) on 22 June.

ISGOTT continues to provide the best technical guidance on oil tanker and terminal operations. This edition has been enhanced

to ensure that it continues to reflect current best practice and legislation. Topics discussed include gas detection, toxicity and toxic effects of petroleum products, the generation of static electricity and stray currents, fire protection and the use of mobile electronic technology.

Click here to pre-order your copy of ISGOTT

Call for contributions: The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships

The Cyber Working Group welcomes contribution from members to support the production of the industry publication, The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, Fourth Edition.

For more information about how to get involved, contact OCIMF Security Adviser Russell Pegg

Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses releases new recommendation

OCIMF membership regularly engages with the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses (PIANC) and their Maritime Navigation Commission (MarCom) that is responsible for dealing with maritime ports and navigation channels issues of interest to their membership.

PIANC MarCom Working Group (WG) 145 Berthing Velocity Analysis of Seagoing Vessels over 30,000 DWT was released in April 2020. Objectives of this work included:

  • A review of vessel berthing velocity data from various ports around the world.
  • The collection of data on berthing velocities.
  • A proposal of design values by statistical examination of the available data.

This work is important because berthing velocity is the design parameter that has the greatest influence on the berthing energy and subsequently the design of fender systems.

PIANC WG 211 can now use this work to update WG 33 Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems which affects vessel operations that include fenders alongside or during ship to ship transfers. This work may also be useful for updating British Standards

(BS) 6349-4: Maritime works - Code of practice for design of fendering and mooring systems, which began this year. Both working groups have OCIMF member company representation.

OCIMF continues to support several PIANC documents that still under revision.

For enquiries, contact Ricardo Martinez OCIMF Technical Adviser (Engineering)

IMO updates

All IMO meetings that were scheduled from mid-March to the end of July have been postponed without any definite date.

However, the IMO Council meetings are being held by email to run the organisation, including approving the postponement of meetings. The Council is also considering other ways to hold IMO meetings.

Other IMO activities

A few small technical group meetings (working-group level) and unofficial ad-hoc meetings are being organised as virtual meetings. The IMO Secretary General held a virtual meeting with industry representatives to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Discussions included:

  • The safety and well-being of seafarers.
  • Ship operations.
  • Crew changes.
  • Survey and certification.

More information about these activities can be found on the IMO's What's New webpage.

The IMO Secretariat is receiving communications from Member States on actions related to shipping and the maritime sector that are being taken in their countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These communications can be found on the

IMO’s In Focus webpage.