MLC 2006 – Certificates of Entry as evidence of financial security
Efforts by the International Group to obtain confirmation from flag states that they will accept club certificates of entry as evidence of financial security for liabilites under MLC 2006 continue to make progress.
Of late there have been five new confirmations from Barbados, Pilau, Philippines and Poland. Russia also has confirmed to the extent that until their legislation describes otherwise a certificate of entry will be accepted by the Russian ship registry.
Positive signals from other states suggest more will eventually accept a certificate of entry as confirmation of cover. A number cannot or will not provide written confirmation to this effect until national implementing legislation has progressed through their respective legislative systems, and accompanying policies and guidelines have been finalised and published.
The current full list of confirmed States is:
2. Antigua & Barbuda
6. Cayman Islands (UK will need to ratify before MLC can enter into force in CI)
10. Isle of Man (UK will need to ratify before MLC can enter into force in IOM)
14. Marshall Islands
17. Philippines (awaiting written confirmation but verbal agreement received)
20. Russia (C of E is acceptable unless we are advised to the contrary)
25. St Kitts & Nevis
26. St Vincent & Grenadines
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Port authorities may require evidence of insurance prior to the expiry of current documents. Ships without 2016 policy year documentation prior to 20th February may face trading delays. Some jurisdictions may ask to see a 2016/17 Certificate of Entry, which can only be issued by the Club once renewal has been agreed. Members and brokers may wish to check with local port agents about documentary requirements.
Port authorities may require evidence of insurance prior to the expiry of current documents. Ships without 2017 policy year documentation prior to 20th February may face trading delays.