Working arrangements during COVID-19 pandemic

Last updated 17/05/21

As a precautionary measure in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the IOPC Funds’ Secretariat has been working remotely since March 2020.  In light of the gradual improvement to the situation in the UK and the easing of some restrictions in April 2021, a limited number of staff have begun to return to work in the IOPC Funds’ offices on a regular basis.  Working from home remains the primary working modality, however, the Director continues to closely follow developments with regard to the reopening of the International Maritime Organization Headquarters building and, in line with the IMO Secretariat, from 17 May the number of IOPC Funds staff permitted to work at the Funds’ offices has increased to 50% of the Secretariat.

The IMO building is also now open to external visitors up to a maximum of 50% capacity of the meeting rooms and the IOPC Funds is therefore now able to welcome external visitors to its offices again, although this is by appointment only for the time-being.  Information on the status of the IMO building and a pilot return of meeting delegates has been issued in IMO Circular Letter No.4220/Add.7.

The next meeting of the IOPC Funds’ governing bodies will take place from 22–23 July 2021 and will be run as a remote meeting.  Circulars containing the invitation and provisional agenda will be issued nearer the time. Further information can be found here.

The Secretariat has been delivering various outreach activities and events online in recent months and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This includes the annual IOPC Funds’ short course which will be run as a remote event from 14-25 June 2021.  Further information can be found here.

As this unusual situation continues, staff remain contactable via their usual email addresses and contact numbers.  If you do not know the details of the person you wish to contact, or for general enquiries, please email  Please rest assured that all messages will be received and responded to at the earliest opportunity.

Should you need to report an oil pollution incident to the IOPC Funds, please contact the Head of Claims, Liliana Monsalve, at

Thank you for your understanding and patience during these exceptional circumstances.