The OCIMF Annual Report for 2014 is now available. Throughout this year, OCIMF worked closely with the IMO on a number of technical matters as follows:

  • The approval of an amendment to SOLAS which extends the requirements for inert gas systems to be fitted to tankers of between 20,000 to 8,000 dwt.
  • Resolution A 1088 (28) providing practical measures to manage the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention when it enters into force.
  • Resolution A 1068 (28) addressing prevention and suppression of piracy and armed robbery against ships operating in the Gulf of Guinea

The OCIMF suite of programmes provides member companies with standardised,objective data to support quality assuranceand risk management decisions. The Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE) reached its 20th consecutive year inoperation, and it is pleasing to see that report sharing, a primary objective of thesystem, continues to grow.

On average,10,400 reports are downloaded from the database every month, with each report being used between 6 and 7 times a year. At the same time, inspections per ship have declined incrementally to an average of justless than 2.49 inspections per annum.

SIRE continues to evolve, with members working on new editions of the Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ) and Harmonised Vessel Particulars Questionnaire(HVPQ) throughout the year for release in 2014. The Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) programme is widely used, with 1,500 companies submitting assessments.

The General Purposes Committee began work on a gap analysis to determine the need for a third edition to be planned. Use of the Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) continued toexpand with 47 member companies using the system; by the close of 2013, the OVID system contained 6,700 registered vessels managed by 1,500 operators.

OVID has continued to grow steadily in all respectssince its introduction in 2010. It is complemented by the Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) programme released in 2012, which is now becoming widely used.

The latest edition to the suite of OCIMF programmes is the Marine Terminal Information System (MTIS),the use of which has also grown steadily,and which now holds data on more than 400 of the world's tanker terminals.

More information on OCIMF's activities may be found by reading Annual Report 2014 (please click at image below)


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. Further details may be found on official website