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Oil Companies International Marine Forum

Carrying and handling Crude Oil and oil products is a difficult business which requires the skills of specialist companies that are acutely aware of the risks associated with incorrect handling or transportation. And with demand for oil and its products showing no signs of waning in modern society, those involved in its shipment and handling take their responsibilities more seriously than ever.

To this end, oil companies with an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil and oil products are encouraged to support the voluntary association of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF). It aims to be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers and terminals, promoting continuous improvement in design standards and operations.

In the nineties, OCIMF took exciting steps to further improve safety in the Tanker and oil handling industry with the introduction of the Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE). Originally launched to specifically address concerns about sub-standard shipping, the SIRE Programme is a tanker risk assessment tool with an extremely large database of up-to-date information about tankers at its heart. OCIMF has also produced in excess of 50 technical and operational guidelines to further improve oil industry safety.