The International Group of P&I Clubs is to issue Bunker Convention ‘blue cards’ to enable those governments that have ratified the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001 (The ‘Bunkers Convention’) to issue Bunker Convention certificates.
The move follows the entering into force on November 21st of the Bunker Convention. Ships registered in a country which is not party to the Convention and which require a certificate because they are calling at a port or arriving or leaving an offshore facility in the territorial waters of a State Party to the Convention after the entry into force date, must obtain a State issued certificate from a State Party to the Convention.
Initial discussion with ratifying states suggest that the majority are prepared to issue certificates to such ships. A small number of State Parties – UK, Liberia and Cyprus – have agreed to issue certificates to ships registered in non-State Parties irrespective of whether they are calling at a port in their territory or arriving/leaving offshore facilities in their territorial waters after the entry into force date.