OCIMF releases best practices for conducting navigational assessments

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10 October 2018 – London OCIMF has today released a new information paper on best practices for conducting navigational assessments, called A Guide to Best Practice for Navigational Assessments and Audits.

Navigational assessments and audits help vessel owners, operators and Masters to identify areas for improvement and increase safety. They also assure companies that high standards of navigation and watchkeeping are being maintained.

While a wide range of navigational assessments are used in the industry, there is no common standard, and a lack of available guidance means that audits and assessments can vary in quality.

This information paper gives guidance on how to conduct a good navigational assessment, including:

  • How assessments should be designed.
  • Why assessments are carried out.
  • Who should carry out assessments.
  • How an assessor should conduct assessments.
  • How the results can be used to identify trends and training requirements.

The paper also features a full template that companies can use as a guide when developing their own navigational assessments


  1. The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is a voluntary association of oil companies (the ‘members’) who have an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas. OCIMF’s mission is to be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals and offshore support vessels, promoting continuous improvement in standards of design and operation. ocimf.org.
  2. The paper is free to download from ocimf.org/publications/information-papers.aspx.
  3. Photos available on request: (1) Rob Drysdale, OCIMF Director, (2) Cover of A Guide to Best Practice for Navigational Assessments and Audits.


Enquiries For further information contact Emily Yates, Publishing and Communications Manager, OCIMF at emily.yates@ocimf.org or +44 (0)20 7654 1227.


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