Club Circular 13/08: ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE BUNKERS CONVENTION - STATE CERTIFICATION


  • Date: 01/10/2008

OUTLINE

  • Four further administrations have agreed to issue certificates to ships registered in non-State Parties.
  • We recommend Members regularly check the Club's website as the position regarding individual States is continuously changing.
  • Entering the port of a State Party after 21st November without a valid certificate risks detention and/or fines.

ACTION

  • Members with ships registered in non-State Parties should make sure that they have advised the Club of the issuing State Party to which their Blue Cards should be sent.

TO THE MEMBERS

Dear Sirs

ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE BUNKERS CONVENTION - STATE CERTIFICATION

Members are referred to the previous Club circulars that have been issued on the entry into force of the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001 (the "Bunkers Convention") and the State certification requirements contained therein.

The previous circular informed Members that the UK, Liberia and Cyprus, as States party to the Bunkers Convention, have agreed to issue State certificates to ships registered in non-State Parties irrespective of whether they are calling at a port in their territory or arriving at or leaving an offshore facility in their territorial waters after the entry into force date on 21st November 2008. Cyprus will not however issue certificates to ships flying the flag of a State that appears in the Black List of the Paris MOU according to the Annual Report of the Paris MOU for the year preceding the date of the request.

A small number of other administrations have since agreed to issue certificates to ships registered in non-State Parties as well, namely the Cook Islands, Bahamas, Sierra Leone and the Isle of Man.

A full list of the contact details for certificates in the UK, Liberia, Cyprus, Cook Islands, Bahamas, Sierra Leone and the Isle of Man is contained in the Annex to the circular.

It should be noted that the UK has to date only extended UK ratification of the Bunkers Convention to the Isle of Man and not to any of the other UK Overseas Territories/Crown Dependencies. Ships registered in one of the Red Ensign Group of registries other than the Isle of Man can in the meantime obtain their certificates from the UK.

The Cook Islands has also entered into an arrangement with the Panamanian Maritime Authority (PMA) to issue certificates for Panamanian registered ships pending Panama's ratification of the Bunker Convention. Members with Panamanian registered ships who wish to obtain their certificates from the Cook Islands should refer to the PMA Merchant Marine Circular No.180 on the PMA website: http://www.segumar.com.

The position with regard to States party to the Convention and those that are willing to issue certificates to ships registered in non-State Parties is continuously changing. A number of other States are also in the process of working towards ratification of or accession to the Bunkers Convention prior to the entry into force date on 21st November 2008 and may decide to issue their own State certificates from the date of their ratification or accession.

However, Members should be aware that the Convention shall only enter into force in a State three months after the date of that State's ratification or accession. There is a risk that other State Parties may deem certificates issued by a State Party to be valid only after three months has elapsed since the issuing State's ratification of or accession to the Convention. Ships in possession of a certificate issued by a State Party prior to the date on which the three months has elapsed should therefore be aware that they risk being detained or fined if they enter the port of another State Party after the entry into force date of the Convention on 21st November 2008 and are not in possession of a valid certificate. Club cover may be prejudiced in the event of such a detention or fines.

This risk does not apply to ships in possession of a certificate issued by any of the State Parties mentioned in this or previous circulars since they have all ratified or acceded to the Convention three months prior to the entry into force date.

A similar circular is being sent by the other members of the International Group of P&I clubs.

Yours faithfully

THOMAS MILLER (BERMUDA) LTD.

CONTACT

  • Members requiring further information should contact their usual underwriting contact at the Club.

STATES PARTY TO THE CONVENTION (as at 30th September 2008)

Bahamas, Bulgaria, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Jamaica, Latvia, Lithuania, Liberia, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Norway, Poland, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Tonga, the United Kingdom* and Vanuatu.

*Includes extension of the Convention to the Isle of Man

Annex

FULL LIST OF CONTACT DETAILS OF STATES WHICH HAVE AGREED TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES TO SHIPS REGISTERED IN NON-STATE PARTIES

UK
CLC Bunkers
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Bay 2/13, Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
Southampton, SO15 1EG
United Kingdom
Telephone:+44 23 80329110 (public enquiries)
Fax :+44 23 8032 9447
Internet:www.ukshipregister.co.uk/ukr-home/forms.htm
Email :bunkers@mcga.gov.uk
General Enquiries:infoline@mcga.gov.uk
Contact person:Richard Tong + 44 23 80 329202
Liberia
Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry
ATTN: Bunker CLC Applications
8619 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 300
Vienna, Virginia 22182
United States of America
Telephone:+1 703 790 3434
Fax:+1 703 790 5655
Email contact:clc@liscr.com

Cyprus
Director, Department of Merchant Shipping
Registrar of Cyprus Ships
Kyllinis Street, Mesa Geitonia
CY-4007 LIMASSOL
Cyprus
Telephone:+357 25 848 100
Fax:+357 25 848 200
Email:maritimeadmin@dms.mcw.gov.cy
Internet:www.shipping.gov.cy
Contact person(s):telephone direct + 357 25 848 237
Cook Islands
Maritime Cook Islands
PO Box 882
Avarua, Rarotonga
Cook Islands
Telephone:+682 23 848
Fax:+682 23 846
Skype:mcicooks2
Internet:www.maritimecookislands.com
Bahamas
The Bahamas Maritime Authority
120 Old Broad Street
London
EC2N 1AR
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7562 1300
Fax: +44 20 7614 0650
The Bahamas Maritime Authority
231 East 46th Street
New York
New York 10017
United States of America
Tel: +212 829 0221
Fax: +212 829 0356
The Bahamas Maritime Authority
Bahamas House
Manx Corporate Centre
West bay Street
PO Box N-4679
Nassau
Bahamas
Tel: +1 242 356 5772
Fax: +1 242 356 5889
Email: reg@bahamasmaritime.com
Internet: www.bahamasmaritime.com
Sierra Leone
Mr Woody Vaughn
Sierra Leone International Ship Registry
A1010 Common St. Suite 2533
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
United States of America
Telephone:+1 504 636 1387
Fax:+1 504 636 1388
Email:technical@sierraleoneship.com
Internet:www.sierraleoneship.com

Isle of Man
Department of Trade and Industry
Isle of Man Ship Registry
Peregrine House, Peel Road
Douglas
Isle of Man IM1 5EH
Telephone:+44 1624 688500
Fax:+44 1624 688501
Email:registry.marine@gov.im

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