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It continues to amaze me that although the entire maritime industry agrees that ships crews should be considered essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the United Nations (UN), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and various industry organisations have highlighted the steps that need to be taken to facilitate unhindered crew changes, many countries have failed to meet their obligations.

Crew members are still subjected to extended times onboard, cannot obtain visas to travel or are held up in quarantine en route to their homes or ships. Not only does this affect the individuals state of health and mind, but it could also have a knock-on effect for safe vessel operations. We need all countries to deliver on their responsibilities as soon as possible.

Another thing that has amazed me this month is the news that some service providers are offering Tanker Management Self Assessment 3 (TMSA3) Element 14 training courses. You can read OCIMF’s response to the matter in the article below.

OCIMF has had another busy month, with the release of the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, Sixth Edition (ISGOTT 6) and the publication of two information papers. All of these have been works in progress for many months but it is gratifying to see them come to fruition during this time of working remotely. We issued joint guidance with INTERTANKO and Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) for inspections during June and we continued to work on a potential remote inspection process for SIRE and OVID. We are beginning a series of test remote inspections during early July as part of a Management of Change. Thanks to those members and vessel operators who are volunteering to trial the process.

As part of OCIMF’s ongoing Strategy work, we have recently sent out a member survey on environmental issues, the results of which will help us develop our environmental plan. Environmental issues are increasingly affecting our industry and I encourage all members to respond to the survey to help us determine OCIMF’s role in addressing these. You can read more on this topic in the article below.

We are also rolling out a new Secretariat structure to align with the Strategy and support a new committee structure. The new Secretariat organisation will be implemented on Monday 6 July and will consist of three departments each headed up by a director. The three departments are Publications and Advocacy, Programmes and Business Support. The new committee structure is scheduled to roll out later this year. From next week, you can view the new secretariat organisation chart on the OCIMF website.

I hope you all have a safe and healthy July.

Rob Drysdale
Director OCIMF

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OCIMF Annual Report 2020

The Annual Report covers the full extent of OCIMF activities throughout 2019.

This includes updates on OCIMF membership and Secretariat,

key achievements from OCIMF committees, focus groups and working groups, new developments and statistics across the range of OCIMF programmes and information on new and forthcoming publications.

Read the 2020 Annual Report

Out now: International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, Sixth Edition

OCIMF is pleased to announce the release of the International Safety Guide for Oil 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 order your copy of ISGOTT

New information paper:
The Carriage of Methanol in Bulk Onboard Offshore Vessels

The carriage of methanol in bulk is becoming common in the offshore oil and gas industry, and although there is technical documentation on methanol handling, guidance for offshore carriage by sea is limited.

Methanol is a hazardous chemical with significant toxic, flammable and reactive properties that can adversely affect human health and the environment when not properly handled. This information paper from OCIMF and the Maritime Safety Forum (MSF) provides guidance for the safe loading, carriage and discharge of methanol by offshore support vessels.

Read The Carriage of Methanol in Bulk Onboard Offshore Vessels

New information paper:
Dynamic Positioning (DP) Failure Mode Effects Analysis Assurance Framework Risk-based Guidance

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is atool used by reliability engineers throughout the design process.

This information paper is a broad industry collaboration and will improve safety in the industry. It provides a:

  • Methodology to drive transparency in the identification of vulnerabilities.
  • Common format for pertinent information to be presented.
  • Means to align the spectrum of diverse stakeholders, Vessel Technical Operators, independent third party providers and verifiers of DP FMEAs, Classification Societies and OCIMF member marine assurance and vetting end users.

Read Dynamic Positioning (DP) Failure Mode Effects Analysis Assurance Framework Risk-based Guidance

Webinar: Resolving MEG4 market confusion


OCIMF Technical Adviser (Nautical) Captain Sanchay Srivastava was one of three panellists on ‘Resolving MEG4 market confusion’ webinar hosted by Riviera Maritime Media on 18 June.

Other panellists were Mr Kris Volpenhein, Vice-President R&D Samson, and Mr. Hans-Pieter Baaij, Commercial Director maritime division, Lankhorst. The webinar was attended by 192 participants from across geographical regions who refer to OCIMF’s Mooring Equipment Guidelines, Fourth Edition (MEG4).

Click the link to access the media article published on 19 June:

Mooring lines webinar: resolving MEG4 market confusion

Tanker Management Self Assessment

It has come to our attention that seminars and training courses are being held by third parties on a potential future TMSA3 Element 14.

Please note that this piece of work on human factors is still under development and is unlikely to become part of TMSA in the near future – rather the intention is to publish as an information paper. Offering or attending courses on this subject is considered premature and probably not the best use of time as content may continue to change. Our current timeline is to share a final draft with selected industry organisations for review and comment in the August timeframe prior to approval within the OCIMF responsible committee in September 2020. Any publication will not occur until Q4 2020 at the earliest.

Executive Committee


The 85th meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) was held virtually 17-18 June.

The meeting was split over two days to facilitate extreme time zones. Thank you to those in the Americas and Asia Pacific for the early start or late finishing times. The meeting was productive and everyone actively participated in discussions that resulted in actions and decisions related to budget, Strategy, Vessel Inspection Programme (VIP) project and COVID-19 impacts and opportunities. The next meeting is scheduled for 3 December in San Francisco, USA, with a back-up plan for another virtual meeting, depending on safety and travel restrictions in place at the time.

Maritime Wellbeing

We would like to raise awareness of a new website which has been developed by one of our members – Shell.

It is a tool that can be used by others in the industry and is free to access and use. It is specifically targeted at seafarers and includes a programme of tips and advice on physical and mental health and wellbeing. The site can be found on the Maritime Wellness website.

OCIMF members survey on the marine environment

OCIMF is undertaking a project to develop a paper that sets out its ambition(s) and action plan on the marine environment that is in line with OCIMF Vision, Mission and Strategic Priorities.

To assist in this process, OCIMF is carrying out an online survey to help understand its members collective ambitions on the marine environment and the actions that are critical to deliver the ambitions in the short (2020s), medium (2030s) and long term (2040s). The survey is online and will be open until 10 July.

The survey has been set up for a member company to make only one coordinated response to the survey. We will be asking for our member company response to various topics on the environment and the actions that our member companies feel that OCIMF should undertake on the topics. Therefore, please contact the OCIMF representative within your company for additional details.

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

Regional Marine Forums

All Regional Marine Forums (RMFs) have been cancelled in 2020.

IMO updates

IMO meetings


All IMO meetings that were scheduled from mid-March until the end of July have been postponed without any definite date. The 32nd extraordinary meeting of the IMO Council, which is held by correspondence 4 May-17 July, is setting up the new meeting schedule. This schedule is subject to agreement between the IMO, World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK government, which is the host country for the IMO meetings.

Informal preliminary discussion on the reduction of Greenhouse Gas

Unofficial online meetings are being organised to discuss short-term measures for the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. This is a three-hour online meeting scheduled 6-10 July. While only one active participant per delegation is allowed, others can register as online viewers.

Other IMO activities

Webpage highlighting IMO support to seafarers

The IMO created a new webpage to highlight their actions taken to support seafarers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The webpage can be found on the IMO's In Focus webpage.

Guidance for flag States regarding surveys and renewals of certificates during the COVID-19 pandemic

The IMO has issued Guidance for flag States regarding statutory surveys and renewals of certificates during the COVID-19 pandemic (CL No. 4204/Add.19). The guidance addresses how and when to accept the extension of the validity of certificates. The document can be found on the OCIMF members' website.