Danish Maritime Authority Reminds Shipowners to Renew Bunker Certificates

Wednesday December 21, 2016

The Danish Maritime Authority Tuesday issued a reminder to shipowners to renew their Bunker Certificates where applicable.

The authority explains that CLC, Bunker, Athens, and Wreck Removal Certificates must be renewed upon expiry of underlying insurance or affected ships will not be permitted to operate.

While the certificates are noted to mostly expire on February 20, 2017, some - typically Blue Cards, or those issued on the basis of declarations on cover for liability from insurance companies that are not members of the International Group of P&I Clubs - will expire on a date other than February 20.

"We urge shipowners to apply for renewed certificates from the Danish Maritime Authority in due time," said Martin John, Director of Ship Survey, Certification, and Manning.

"As a new procedure Blue Cards from approved insurance companies will be accepted in electronic form and insurance certificates for Danish ships will now be issued electronically."

Danish vessel with a gross tonnage of 1000 or more are required to acquire Bunker Certificates, which concern insurance cover for liability for pollution damage from bunker oil.

Foreign vessels of 1000 or more gross tonnage are also required to have a Bunker Certificate in order to call at a Danish port, Danish place of loading or unloading, or the Danish continental shelf area, or if they intend to operate permanently in Danish territorial waters.

In November, the Danish Maritime Authority also notified shipowners that Port State Control (PSC) authorities across 45 countries, under the Paris MoU and the Tokyo MoU, agreed to conduct a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) in 2018, focusing on sulfur emissions from ships, including emission control area (ECA) compliance, where applicable.