Key Partners

We work closely with a number of partners to complement our work in promoting effective preparedness and response to marine spills.

Intergovernment and Government Partners

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its regional centres (REMPEITCREMPEC) run courses on oil and HNS preparedness and response, which ITOPF routinely contributes to. We are also a visiting professor at the World Maritime University founded by the IMO.

The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) provide financial compensation for oil pollution damage that occurs in Member States resulting from spills of persistent oil from tankers. Where a shipowner is unknown we may provide technical advice to the IOPC Funds during a response, and assessment of the technical merit of potential claims. We also provide technical advice to the IOPC Funds when the shipowner is known, and it is a spill of persistent oil from a tanker in a Member State.

At the regional level we work with other intergovernmental agencies such as the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). We have many informal partnerships with governments around the world and in addition we have Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formalise our partnerships with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the IMO, WMU and the Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore (Singapore MPA).

Scientific Experts

Relationships have been developed over the years with other scientific experts, including:

Industry Partners

Organisations representing shipping interests or the oil industry that we work with include:

P&I Clubs

American Club
Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc

The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited

British Marine Mutual
British Marine Mutual Insurance Association Ltd

Gard AS

The Japan Ship Owners' Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association

London Steam-ship Owners' Mutual Insurance Association Ltd

North of England
North of England P&I Association

Shipowners' Mutual
The Shipowners' Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association

Assuranceforeningen SKULD (Gjensidig)

The Standard Steamship Owners' Protection and Indemnity Association Ltd

The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Ltd

Swedish Club

UK P&I Club
The United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Bermuda) Ltd

West of England
The West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association

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."