Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Sachgebiet S 43 - Schifffahrtsrecht, Internationale Haftungsübereinkommen, Querschnittsaufgaben
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Bereich CLC

Nina Mühlenbeck
Phone: +49 40 31 90 74 35
Fax: +49 40 31 90 50 08
Mail: nwrc@bsh.de



Webcode for this Content: 16457144

Bunker oil

Insurance for pollution damage by bunker oil (CLCBCs)

The owner of a ship as defined by Article I No. 1 of the Bunkers Convention is liable for pollution damage by bunker oil. They require an insurance in accordance with Article 7 paragraph 1of the Bunkers Convention or other financial security (e.g. a bank guarantee) to cover their liability for the pollution damage in accordance with the Bunkers Convention if the ship

  • has a gross tonnage greater than 1000; and
  • is either registered in a shipping register of a State Party to the Bunkers Convention or flies the flag of a State Party to the Bunkers Convention; or
  • is registered in a shipping register of a non-State Party to the Bunkers Convention or flies the flag of a non-State Party to the Bunkers Convention but operates in the area covered by the Oil Pollution Damage Act.

Issuance of a CLCBC

By issuing a civil liability certificate under the 2001 Bunkers Convention (CLCBC) the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, BSH, confirms that such insurance or other financial security is in place.

A electronic CLCBC will be obtained on application, if

  • the ship is flying the German flag; or
  • the ship is flying the flag of a non-State Party to the Bunkers Convention.

Important note:
The CLCBCs issued by the BSH may not contain handwritten or any other kind of changes by a third party, particularly not by classification societies. Any changes are inadmissible and may be relevant under criminal law.

The CLCBC is issued for a maximum period of one year. The fee for each liability certificate is 118,- EUR (in accordance with the BSH-Gebührenverordnung (ordinance on fees)).

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Application of a CLCBC

The BSH issues a CLCBC only on written or electronic application of the registered owner. Please complete this application form and submit the form and the application documents (PDF files) with an e-mail to the BSH.

Please send the documents via e-mail to the following designated e-mail address: nwrc@bsh.de. Originals do not have to be submitted.

The owner must notify the BSH immediately of any changes regarding the security cover listed in the CLCBC.

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CLCBC on board

On board the electronic CLCBC must be presented on demand as electronic copy on the display or as printed hardcopy. The verification of the authenticity and validity of the CLCBC is carried out via the following link:

http://www.deutsche-flagge.de/en/certificates-verification/e-certificates

Further information is given here and in an explanatory information letter which explains how the authenticity and validity of electronic certificates can be verified.

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Legal basis

  • International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (Bunkers Convention)
  • Act on liability and compensation for oil pollution damage caused by seagoing ships (Ölschadengesetz (ÖlSG) - Oil Pollution Damage Act)
  • Ordinance on the issuance of certificates under the Oil Pollution Damage Act (Ölhaftungsbescheinigungs -Verordnung (ÖlHaftBeschV))

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