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Our mission is to be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals and offshore support vessels, promoting continuous improvement in standards of design and operation.

OCIMF was formed in April 1970 in response to the growing public concern about marine pollution, particularly by oil, after the Torrey Canyon incident in 1967.

In the early 1970s, a variety of anti-pollution initiatives were starting to emerge nationally, regionally and internationally, but with little coordination.

Through OCIMF, the oil industry was able to play a stronger, coordinating role in response to these initiatives, making its professional expertise widely available through cooperation with governments and intergovernmental bodies.

OCIMF was granted consultative status at the IMO in 1971 and continues to present oil industry views at IMO meetings. Since then, its role has broadened to take account the changing maritime activities of its membership.

Its remit now covers tankers, barges, offshore support vessels and terminals and its advice extends to issues like shipping in ice and large-scale piracy, which rarely troubled the oil industry when OCIMF was first created in the 1970s.

The current membership of OCIMF comprises?109 companies worldwide.

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July Newsletter Highlights


Directors Log

Last month I said that the new OCIMF strategy was approved. Part of the strategy is to reach out to the members we haven’t been well engaged with.

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International Forum on Ship Technology and the Safety and the China Oil Transportation Safety Forum

The annual International Forum on Ship Technology and the Safety and the China Oil Transportation Safety Forum were held on 11 and 12 July in Ningbo, China.

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Learning Lessons, Accidents, Statistics and Trends (LLAST) Database

Senior Technical Adviser Dave Wall and Technical Adviser (Engineering) Ricardo Martinez represented OCIMF at the OCIMF/INTERTANKO joint workshop on the LLAST Database and Competency Scheme on 26 June in Athens.

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China Focus Group

28th meeting: 9 July, Ningbo, China (hosted by OCIMF)

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