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Director's Log

David Cotterell

Welcome to the second edition of the OCIMF newsletter. It has been a month since we introduced this initiative aimed squarely at keeping our growing membership better informed and encouraging more active engagement. I am delighted to see a number of you subscribing to the e-newsletter which is growing steadily with around 30 new subscribers signing up week on week - long may that continue!

Also in April, the Offshore Marine Committee and the Legal Committee both met in the Horizon Boardroom of OCIMF's London Offices. The work of all these committees was drawn together to provide the reports to the 71st Executive Committee which met on 23 April 2013. This was another milestone, one that marked the first time the Executive Committee had travelled to meet in Kuwait since OCIMF was created in 1970. Our generous hosts, Kuwait Oil Company, not only orchestrated a wonderfully organised event but also brought a large number of executives representing the full range of companies under the KOC umbrella to meet the committee and discuss the issues of the region. Overall a great demonstration of how dedicated many members are, actively engaging to support and promote the OCIMF core values of setting the benchmarks for safe and environmentally responsible hydrocarbon, terminals, shipping and offshore marine operations worldwide.

You can read more about our recent engagements in Russia, learn about the meeting room facilities available to members in London and find out about our latest project launch (another first!), the largest since SIRE which is 20 years old this year, in the articles below.

In closing, I would also look to you to provide feedback on these initiatives so that we are able to ensure that they deliver value to our membership. As such, we hope that you:

  1. Subscribe online to receive this newsletter once a month
  2. Send your comments to and help us to tailor the content for you
  3. Contribute to the monthly newsletter by sending stories to us on initiatives which complement the OCIMF mission

This is your forum, an opportunity for a meeting of minds to address and advance the issues important to you, today - we very much hope that you're able to make the most of this opportunity!

New tool for delivering high safety standards globally for Marine Terminals


Earlier this year OCIMF launched the Marine Terminal Information System (MTIS), which has been 4 years in development and is our biggest project since SIRE (Ship Inspection Report Programme). To mark the launch of the new system, a celebratory event was arranged at the OCIMF office in London on 31 January 2013. This coincided with the publishing of the Marine Terminal Operator Competence and Training Guide (MTOCT) and the last scheduled meeting of Terminal Policy Steering Group.

Speaking at the event, PTC chairman Andy Dogherty said: "I am extremely proud of the MTIS end product as it fully satisfies our on-going collective OCIMF effort to continuously improve the safety of the ship/shore interface. The MTIS products would not have been achieved without the dedication and commitment of a large number of marine professionals across the OCIMF membership, and the Secretariat, all of whom worked collaboratively to create the new system.

It isn't easy juggling the significant demands of the 'day job' with the additional workload that participation in an industry working group brings, and for that I am always extremely grateful. We should also acknowledge that their efforts would not have been successful without the backing of the Management Leadership teams at their home companies. Their support in allowing staff to give time to these important initiatives is critical to ensuring products like MTIS are delivered, and the industry able to share the benefits from truly best practice."

How will the roll out of the new system take place?
The Marine Terminal Focus Group (MTFG) has been created to manage the implementation of MTIS and to ensure a smooth transition and good use of the new project. MTFG will work under the direction of the Ports and Terminals Committee (PTC) to address any concerns which might arise from the implementation and liaise with industry bodies to encourage wide scale use of MTIS.


Speaking at the event, TPSG chairman Tony Pollock said:
"This event marks the successful completion and launch of the Marine Terminal Information System. I have been fortunate to have chaired the TPSG throughout this period and immense thanks must be bestowed on the Working Group members and their respective Chairmen, who have worked tirelessly and professionally to complete the work on time and in a form which is of great benefit to the safety and management of ship/shore interfacial activities. I am convinced that the MTIS products will be of major benefit to all users and OCIMF Members will collectively promote their use."

How is the new Marine Terminal Information System structured?
MTIS is aimed at ensuring all marine terminals worldwide achieve high environmental protection standards. It is a consolidated safety system that embraces the physical properties of the terminals, management systems and operator training.

The MTIS initiative will be reinforced by OCIMF's continuing work to compile a database of all the relevant information for the world's 3,500 terminals - from the hardware available, to berth measurements and transfer rates. Indeed, the Marine Terminal Particulars Questionnaire (MTPQ) was developed to collect this information in a common format using consistent units of measurement. By comparing the information generated by the MTPQ with SIRE vessel data, vessel programmers, schedulers and operators will be better able to assess the compatibility of ships and terminals and ensure safe operation and environmental protection.

Alongside the work to gather and compare data on terminal particulars, OCIMF has revised and improved its existing Marine Terminal Baseline Criteria (MTBLC) to make it consistent with the Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) format. The Marine Terminal Management and Self Assessment Guide (MTMSA) will feed into the MTIS to ensure collection of best practice and key performance indicators. This will continue to allow terminal operators to assess the effectiveness of their management systems for berth operations and the ship to shore interface. With the OCIMF self-assessment culture at the heart of this approach, members can use the MTMSA guide to develop their own internal review methodology. Members can also submit their assessment reports to OCIMF's terminal database and choose how widely the information should be shared.

Finally, the Marine Terminal Operator Competence and Training Guide (MTOCT) completes the MTIS offering by identifying key competencies and knowledge requirements, together with the appropriate verification processes, to help members develop or commission their own terminal operator training programmes. This will ensure that personnel working on the ship/shore interface have the required skills and competence.

To learn more about MTIS, please visit

New opportunities for partnership in Russia


From 9-10 April, OCIMF organised a joint meeting of the General Purposes Committee (GPC) and Ports and Terminals Committee (PTC) in Russia. The joint committee meeting itself was unique in a number of respects. Firstly because it allowed for an opportunity to discuss matters of mutual interest, such as the regional forum framework and functioning and secondly because it provided a platform for interaction and collaboration amongst members.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for PTC Chairman Andy Dogherty to formally step down from his leadership of the committee. Speaking on the contribution that he has made to OCIMF, Raj Shetty said: "It's never easy to say goodbye to a valued and respected colleague, and Andy is no exception. Andrew Dogherty, Chairman of PTC steps down from PTC after 5 years as chairman of PTC. We wish Andy the best in all he does."

Following the very valuable committee meetings, a high-level seminar "OCIMF - Global Partners, Advancing Maritime Safety in the Energy Sector" took place in St Petersburg on 11 April. The purpose of the seminar was to raise the profile of OCIMF in Russia, and to enhance engagement with Russian oil companies. Representatives of OCIMF's principal committees, the GPC and PTC as well as representatives from Russian oil and shipping companies, and authorities attended the seminar.


The Director of OCIMF, Captain David Cotterell, welcomed a number of participants and a panel of speakers which included Karen Purnell (Managing Director of ITOPF), Andrey Tereshchenko (General Director of Primorsk Oil Terminal), Igor Pankov (Sovcomflot), Andrew Dogherty (PTC Chairman) and Pierre Decarpigny (GPC Chairman).

An interactive discussion was led by Captain Cotterell, where panellists presented their views and opinions on a wide range of topics; from the opening of the Northern Sea Route for shipping to challenges faced in Artic Operations.

Other highlights included a presentation by Primorsk Terminal which outlined the benefits of being an OCIMF member. This was followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Captain Cotterell ended the session with a concluding summary of the panel presentations and discussions.

OCIMF's new meeting room facilities

Work was carried out to the 4th floor of 29 Queen Anne's Gate in 2012 in order to create a meeting room facility for the OCIMF Secretariat and the OCIMF Members.


We offer 5 modern meeting rooms of varying sizes, all with natural daylight, in a convenient central London location. All meeting rooms provide facilities for laptop connection, videoconferencing, as well as having wifi connectivity.


The facilities are grouped around an easily accessible break out area, where attendees can enjoy tea and coffee during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. A discreet hot-desk area also provides space for visitors to catch up on emails throughout the day. We are happy to provide complimentary tea and coffee when you use our rooms, and we can assist you in arranging catering with local providers.


We have a dedicated member of staff to look after your pre-event requirements, and to make sure that all runs smoothly on the day. We would be delighted to welcome OCIMF members to our meeting room facility. If you would like to come and take a look around, please let us know.For further information or to make a reservation, please contact

What's new: OCIMF publications


  • Marine Terminal Operator Competence and Training Guide (MTOCT) - published in January 2013
  • Ship to Ship Transfer Guide for Petroleum, Chemicals and Liquefied Gases - due out end of Q2 2013

On the horizon: Dates for your diary

IMO Committees:

  • 29 April - 3 May - Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) 44
  • 13 - 17 May - Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 65

SIRE New Inspector Courses

  • 29 April - 3 May - London, UK

OVID New Inspector Courses

  • 13 - 15 May - New Orleans, USA
  • 4 - 6 June - Lagos, Nigeria
  • 10 - 12 June - Stavanger, Norway

OVID Refresher Courses

  • 16 - 17 May - New Orleans, USA
  • 13 - 14 June - Stavanger, Norway

For course dates later on in 2013, please contact or