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ADVANTAGES FOR SHIPOWNERS AND SEAFARERS
The website "deutsche-flagge.de" is
the central internet presence of the German flag state administration.
Here, you will find all important
information concerning maritime shipping under the German flag.
Wreck removal liability certificates
On 14. April 2015 the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 (Wreck Removal Convention) has been entered into force. To fulfill the obligations of the Wreck Removal Convention, the registered owner of a seagoing vessel with a gross tonnage of 300 and above has to maintain insurance to cover the liability of the removal of wrecks. The existence of insurance has to be proven with a federal certificate (wreck removal liability certificate – Wrackbeseitigungshaftungsbescheinigung).
As of now the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie, BSH) issues wreck removal liability certificates.
Find out more about this topic here.
Offshore service craft
The new German "Code für Offshore-Servicefahrzeuge" (Code for offshore service craft) applies as of now. It includes binding construction and equipment standards for highspeed offshore service craft under German flag on domestic voyages. A total of up to 60 people including the crew may travel on these ships. This facilitates the transport of specially trained offshore service personnel to the offshore wind farms off the coast.
Find more information on this topic in our category "Types of ships".