Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Sachgebiet S 43
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Nicole Patzelt
Phone: +49 40 3190-7431
Fax: +49 40 3190-5008
Mail: clc@bsh.de

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.

In addition, an authorisation may be required in the described cases below:

  • If not the registered owner but a person authorised by him or her submits the application, please submit an authorisation form;
  • if the ship does not fly the German flag and/or the reigstered owner does not have a registered office in Germany, a person authorised to receive communication with a registered office in Germany has to be dedicated. In this case, please submit the for "Authorisation to receive communication".

Please note: One electronic copy of each authorisation suffices.

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 in electronic copy/form or as hardcopy of the electronic copy/form. The verification of authenticity is done via the following link:


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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