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The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF Limited) has been providing services of emergency response to tanker owners (Members) and to the owners of other types of ship (Associates) since the 1970s. Since its establishment in 1968, ITOPF has responded to over 800 marine spills worldwide. This first-hand experience is in turns used during training assignments, the preparation of contingency plans, and contributions to policy discussions and legal texts through its Observer status at the IMO and IOPC Funds. More recently, the pollution potential of substances other than oil, primarily chemicals, and the development of corresponding international conventions, e.g. the HNS Convention, has led to an increase in demand for ITOPF expertise in these areas.

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