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

Oil carried in bulk as cargo

Insurance for pollution damage by oil in bulk (CLCs)

The owner of a ship as defined by Article I No. 1 of the 1992 Liability Convention is liable for pollution damage by oil in bulk as cargo. They require an insurance in accordance with Article I paragraph 1 or other financial security (e.g. a bank guarantee) to cover their liability for the pollution damage in accordance with the 1992 Liability Convention if the ship

  • carries more than 2000 tons of oil in bulk as cargo; and
  • is either registered in a shipping register of a State Party to the 1992 Liability Convention or flies the flag of a State Party to the 1992 Liability Convention; or
  • is registered in a shipping register of a non-State Party to the 1992 Liability Convention or flies the flag of a non-State Party to the 1992 Liability Convention and operates in the area covered by the Oil Pollution Damage Act.

Issuance of a CLC

By issuing a CLC under the 1992 Liability Convention, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, BSH confirms that the relevant insurance or other financial security is in place.

An electronic CLC will be obtained on application, if the ship

  • flies the German flag; or
  • flies the flag of a non-State Party to the 1992 Liability Convention.

Important note:
The CLCs issued by the BSH must 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 CLC 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 CLC

The BSH issues a CLC 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 CLC.

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CLC on board

On board the electronic CLC 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 Oil Pollution Damage, 1992 (1992 Liability 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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