About Us

Established in 1968 in the wake of the first oil spill from a supertanker, the TORREY CANYON. Technical services functions for tanker owners and P&I insurers were developed during the 1970s and extended to other shipowners in 1999. 

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It is the people behind the organisation and the skills and experience they offer that makes us who we are today. Our small London based team of 30 have a diverse set of skills and all of our technical advisers have either a Master’s degree or a PhD. 

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Our Board members from 15 different countries provide a balanced representation of the ship-owning membership and their insurers, ensuring we have the correct strategic direction.

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The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) has responded to nearly 800 incidents involving oil or chemical spills worldwide. Our highly skilled international team are ready to assist 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide impartial technical advice.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we have devoted efforts to developing a wide range of technical services to promote effective response in the marine environment to back up our core role of responding to ship-sourced spills. The five key services that we offer are spill responseclaims analysis & damage assessment, contingency planning, training and information.

Our services are provided to our Members (tanker owners) or Associates (other shipowners) and their oil pollution insurers (normally one of the P&I Clubs), and we offer also our services at the request of governments and intergovernmental organisations such as the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds).

Our London based team of 35, 15 of whom are available to respond to spills, combined with almost 50 years’ experience, is what makes us truly unique. 

Vision & Mission Statement

"To be a trusted source of objective technical advice worldwide on preparedness and response to accidental marine spills."


"To promote effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other substances through challenge and education."

We work closely with government, industry and scientific partners to complement our work in promoting effective response to marine spills.

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We have several internal working groups to enable individuals to concentrate on specific technical aspects in order to disseminate to the wider team. Our staff are routinely rotated within the groups to ensure a broad range of skills is developed. 

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