About Us


The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) has responded to over 750 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 33, 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."