About Us

ITOPF operates on a not-for-profit basis. We provide a wide range of technical services to back up our core role of responding to ship-sourced spills. The five key services that we offer are spill responseclaims analysis & damage assessmentcontingency planning and advisory worktraining and education 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 IMO and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds).

ITOPF has offices in London and Singapore. Our team of around 45 staff - 20 of whom are available to respond to spills - combined with our long history of first-hand spill response experience - is what makes us truly unique. 

4 October 2021


A five-minute film highlighting ITOPF’s experience, credentials, and role during a pollution incident.

Categories: Spill Response, Damage Assessment, Training & Education, Contingency Planning & Advice, Information Services

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 as a means of reducing impacts on the environment and affected communities."

Our history

ITOPF was established in 1968 in the wake of the TORREY CANYON oil spill. Its original function was the administration of an oil spill compensation scheme.

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Meet the Team

Meet the people behind the organisation and find out what skills and experience they can offer.

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The Board

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

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Key Partners

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

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Working Groups

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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