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Director’s log

OCIMF has forty-two technical ‘best practice’ publications to its name and a further fifty-six technical Information papers – a number of them in partnership with other industry associations.

The most recent publication being the Single Point Mooring Operation and Maintenance Guide (affectionately known as SMOG) which was published last week; and the Information Paper A Study into Crane Loads Associated with Hose Handling at Offshore Terminals which came out in October. 2015 has seen the release of two technical publications and three information papers and there are a number of both being worked on within the committees. All of these are, in themselves, important milestones to be celebrated but November saw the start of a particularly important milestone. Out of all OCIMF’s range of publications, our two flag-ship books are the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT) which deals principally with operational safety, and the Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG) which predominantly deals with the design and construction of mooring decks and associated equipment. November saw the starting flag raised on the revision of MEG 3 and the publication of MEG 4. Andy Dogherty (BG) has been appointed to chair the steering group that will manage the overall process and he will be supported by a number of work groups that will focus on specific elements of the document. Our thanks goes to Andy and BG for their support. We are now looking to populate the working group, so if you have the desire and permission to support, please contact the PTC Secretariat, Raj Shetty (

November saw the end of the second half of 2015 committee season which culminated with a meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) in Houston (ExCom 76). The structure of the meeting was revised following ExCom 75 to provide for focused pre-read and more discussion time on strategic issues affecting OCIMF. One decision at ExCom concerns the Regional Panels. One element of Strategy 2020 was to develop the Regional Panels structure to encourage greater engagement by the wider membership to feed into the committee structure and support the OCIMF Mission. We have been running the Regional Panel programme for two years and it was felt that a post project review would be timely. It is intended to conduct this review in the first quarter of 2016 and report its output to ExCom 77 on 16 June 2016. The review will seek input from all members and particularly the membership that have given the Regional Panel so much support.

Attention is drawn to the OCIMF Circular of 8 October highlighting changes to the High Risk Area (HRA) in the Indian Ocean, which came into effect on 1 December 2015. Members were requested to disseminate the new definition of the HRA in the Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy (BMP 4) and supporting guidance as widely and as soon as possible. All the revision material is available here. Annex A to the circular provides an amendment to section 2 of BMP 4 together with guidance on the revision’s impact and practical measures for company and shipboard planning as described in BMP.

For those who may not be able to access the online content, the Indian Ocean HRA is now bounded by:

In the Red Sea: Latitude 15oN
In the Gulf of Oman: Latitude 22oN Eastern
Eastern Limit: Longitude 065oE
Southern limit: Latitude 5oS

Andrew Cassels

Director OCIMF

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Americas Regional Panel

The fourth Americas Regional Panel (ARP) was held in Houston on the 12 November and the day after the Executive Committee (ExCom).

The OCIMF Director Andrew Cassels welcomed members and introduced himself before reminding the region of the purpose and background to Regional Panels. Joe Megeed (Technical Advisor – Engineering) provided an update on both the Ports and Terminals Committee (PTC) and the Marine Technical Sub-Committee (MTSC), and shared the lessons learned on The Hazards of Snap-back. Alex Van-Dusen (Technical Advisor – Offshore) provided an update on the Offshore Marine Committee (OMC).

The second half of the morning was led by Darron Biddle (SeaRiver Maritime) providing the panel with an update on the hard work of the shipping work-stream. The presentation included a discussion of the white paper on Bridge Resource Management / Non-Technical Aspects on the Bridge that the regional Work-stream is expecting to generate.

Darron’s presentation was followed by an interactive and thought provoking presentation lead by Mark Hoog, supported by Rob Strickland, both with United Airlines. The dynamic and engaging presentation was an industry comparison and looked at the evolution of human performance training, Cockpit Resource Management (CRM) and leadership. The presentation was well received among those in attendance. The importance of communication, combating complacency, and effective leadership was communicated and discussed among those in attendance afterwards.

Additional details on Mark Hoog can be found at:

The next ARP in Houston will be held 28 April 2016.

South and Central American CAT3 focus group

The fourth meeting of the South and Central American CAT3 focus group was hosted by Petrobras on the 11-12 November in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The group continued the review of the Barge Particulars Questionnaire (BPQ). Other items that were discussed included:

  • Revision of the Vessel Inspections Questionnaire (VIQ).
  • The number of inspectors in the region.
  • Auditing of inspectors.

The fourth meeting of the South and Central American CAT3 focus group.

Russian Oil & Gas Transportation, Storage, Trading summit

OCIMF’s Deputy Director Jeremy Hudson travelled to Moscow for the Russian Oil & Gas Transportation, Storage, Trading summit on the 13 November.

Jeremy gave a presentation on OCIMF’s activities including updates on future enhancements to publications. Surprisingly few of the attendees had any knowledge of the activities of OCIMF so this was considered a great success under our promotion objective. Many contacts were made and enquiries were received, in particular with regard to obtaining publications.,-storage,-trading.html

New publication: Single Point Mooring Maintenance and Operations Guide (SMOG)

The new and updated edition of the Single Point Mooring Maintenance and Operations Guide (SMOG) is now available.

The guide contains technical recommendations and guidance for the operation and maintenance of single point moorings (SPMs). It replaces the following:

  • Single Point Mooring Maintenance and Operations Guide (2nd edition, 1995).
  • Guidelines for the Handling, Storage, Inspection and Testing of Hoses in the Field (2nd edition, 1995).
  • SPM Hose Ancillary Equipment Guide (3rd edition, 1987).

All three publications have been updated to reflect gained experience, revised procedures, current best practices and equipment developments.

You can order your copy here:

Tony Wynne joins OCIMF

We would like to welcome Captain Tony Wynne (Shell Shipping) who joined OCIMF as Technical Advisor (Nautical) on a three year secondment, on 1 November.

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.

His email is

OCIMF visit the IMO

In the day-to-day operations there are many within the OCIMF Secretariat that may not have an opportunity to visit IMO and see the hard work that takes place within the IMO.

The OCIMF Secretariat was given the opportunity to attend a guided tour complete with a behind the scenes look of the operating and functions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The tour provided by Berty Nayna (External Relations Officer) included an introduction to the organisation a visit of the Main Plenary Room, typical meetings rooms, the IMO Knowledge Centre, along with the history of various donations around the facility. The IMO Knowledge Centre (library) was of particular interest with vast amounts history and reference on the IMO through the various stages and development dating back to the first Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) and Marine Safety Committee (MSC) meetings.

Afterwards a presentation about IMO and the work they provide was given. We would like to thank Berty Nayna, Sharon Grant (Head of the Knowledge Centre) and the rest of the IMO staff who were knowledgeable, hospitable and welcoming throughout our trip.

The tour ended with a delicious lunch at the canteen joined by the interns from World Maritime University including a view of the Parliament, Big Ben and the River Thames.

OCIMF.COM is now

OCIMF has been experiencing some technical difficulties with its domain.

This has resulted in delays or non-receipt of some emails sent to OCIMF on 25-26 November 2015. The emails affected are only those ending As there is the possibility that this technical issue may recur the move to the domain has been brought forward. From now on all OCIMF emails ending should be amended to

For example:- becomes

While the domain will continue to operate in parallel to the for at least the next 12 months, users are strongly encouraged to use the domain. OCIMF apologies for any inconvenience caused.