DMA Reminds Shipowners to Renew Bunker Certificates

Thursday December 7, 2017

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) today 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, 2018, 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.

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 April, Ship & Bunker reported that the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), DMA, and Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the adoption of E-Certificates (E-Certs) for the shipping community.