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I am pleased to announce that Captain Tony Wynne from Shell Shipping will be joining OCIMF as Technical Advisor (Nautical) on a three year secondment, replacing Captain Ian Shields, in the autumn (date tbc).

Tony joined Shell as a cadet in 1980 and has served in their fleet on products, crude and gas tankers and shuttle tankers through to Master. Following his seafaring years Tony moved on to operational shore roles in port management which included SBMs, CBMs and FPSOs systems. Tony then moved to head office into the Vetting team and his most recent role has been that of Marine Facilities Advisor providing nautical and technical consultancy to Shell capital projects. Tony is currently Vice Chairman of the OCIMF Floating Systems Group under the Offshore Marine Committee and has supported OCMIF on various other work groups in the past. He is very familiar will OCIMF and will a great asset to our members.

There is still much activity on the maritime security front. In West Africa, having established that the Maritime Trading Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG) adds real value to the mariner in the Gulf of Guinea, we are moving MTISC-GoG towards its sustainable future when it will be run by a Board of Directors drawn from the region. There has been much discussion on the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden about the parameters of the High Risk Area and the continued presence of the military naval forces that have been so crucial in suppressing maritime piracy. In the Malacca Straits there has been an increase in armed robbery, so called syphoning cases, which is concerning.

Many of the Secretariat staff have been taking their well-earned annual summer leave. However, with the winter committee season ahead, preparations are being made and agendas developed; thank you for your support. There is a significant amount of work being managed by our committees who provide the technical and operational knowledge, through our publications and programmes, and out to the wider shipping and terminalling industries. Your work helps us achieve our aim "To be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals and offshore vessels, promoting continuous improvement in standards of design and operation".

Finally, a small plug for my summer holiday. Next week I will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with my 21 year old daughter in support of Seafarers UK and, more specifically, in support of the Merchant Navy Fund. If you feel so inclined, you are welcome to visit my Just Giving page to read more.

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Andrew Cassels

Director OCIMF

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Latest news from IMO

Following the recent Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 95 meeting there are two interesting outputs for OCIMF members:

  1. MSC.1/Circ.1502 published on 11 June 2015 gives details on Guidance On Pressure Testing Of Boundaries Of Cargo Oil Tanks Under Direction Of The Master – (stagger testing).
    See the Stagger test checker board pattern illustration (above).
  2. MSC.1/Circ.1504 which was published on 5 June 2015 gives details on the Unified Interpretation of the Guidelines for Safe Access to Tanker Bows. This gives details of the requirements for specific guidance on the fire resistance requirements for Fibre Reinforce Plastic (FRP) gratings used in lieu of steel gratings for safe access to tanker bows.

IMO report on the meeting is available here:

An OVID new inspector course

An Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) new inspector course was held in the OCIMF office in London at the end of August.

A total of twenty-one candidates attended, including one observer. There will be two additional new inspector courses this year, of which both are projected to be full.

The 2016 schedule of new inspector courses and refresher courses will be published on the OVID website ( in mid-September 2015.


OCIMF was represented by the Security Advisor at a meeting of the US National Maritime Information Advisory Group (NIAG) on 22 July for the first time.

The NIAG reports to the US National Security Council and was established to promote and develop the Global Maritime Community of Interest’s (GMCOI) capacity to:

  • Collaborate and identify Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA), intelligence, security, and information sharing issues as outlined in the MDA challenges.
  • Inform, lead, advocate, and pursue outreach to all aspects of the Global Maritime Community of Interest (GMCOI).
  • Serve as conduit between the Intelligence Community (IC) and other maritime stakeholders.
  • Effectively express the GMCOI’s information and analysis needs to the IC and other governmental partners.
  • To engage the GMCOI in order to promote collaboration.

This meeting was combined with a meeting of US CSO’s which focussed on an improvements to the Maritime Alert System being developed by US Department of Transport (Marine Administration) (DOT(MARAD)). Industry were able to present their views as to the type of information that would be useful and the communications mechanisms that would allow timely transmission to inform business practise and risk assessment.

2016 dates for your diary

8-9 March General Purposes Committee (GPC) 82 Singapore
10 March Asia Pacific regional panel Singapore
5-6 April Ports and Terminals Committee (PTC) 84 Dubai
7 April Middle Eastern and African regional panel Dubai
26-27 April Offshore Marine Committee (OMC) 12 Houston
28 April Americas regional panel Houston
15 June Excom 77 London
16 June European regional panel London
20-21 September GPC 83 Houston
22 September Americas regional panel Houston
4-5 October OMC 13 London
6 October European regional panel London
25-26 October PTC 85 Singapore
27 October Asia Pacific regional panel Singapore
9 November Excom 78 Dubai
10 November Middle Eastern and African regional panel Dubai