The bunker certificate relates to insurance to cover liability for bunker oil pollution damage. Danish ships with a GT of 1,000 or more must have the certificate. The same goes for foreign ships with a GT of 1,000 or more that call at Danish ports, Danish places of loading or unloading, the Danish continental shelf area or operate on a permanent basis in Danish territorial waters.
DMA issues the certificate based on an application from the shipowner. The application must provide information about, i.a., the insurance taken out for the ship.
Shipowners with several ships are encouraged to prepare a joint application on behalf of the company. Fill in an application form with information about one of the company ships and go on to attach Blue Cards for all relevant ships under "documents", preferably as a zip file. Indicate also the number of ships covered by the application in the "comment field".
Guidelines on application for Bunker Certificates
On 20 August 2008 an order on insurance certificates related to bunker oil damage entered into force as a consequence of Denmark's ratification of the Bunker Convention. The Convention itself entered into force internationally on 21 November 2008 and requires shipowners to take out insurance to cover liability for bunker oil damage.
The requirement for a certificate applies to
- all Danish-registered ships with a GT of 1,000 or above regardless of use.
- All foreign ships with a GT of 1,000 or above calling at Danish ports, any place of loading or unloading
in Denmark or the Danish continental shelf.
- All foreign ships operating in Danish territorial waters on a permanent basis.
For Danish-registered ships as shown under item 1 applications for insurance certificates must be submitted to the DMA.
Submit applications well before the expiry of the insurance. Most insurance policies expire once a year on 20 February.
Submit applications for new ships that have been entered in the Danish register outside the general certificate renewal period well before the ship starts sailing.
Danish-registered ships as shown under item 1) are not allowed to operate without a valid certificate on board.
Foreign ships as shown under item 2) and calling at Danish ports or any other place of loading or unloading in Denmark or the Danish continental shelf must carry a valid certificate on board. DMA issues a certificate valid for three months. Submit a fresh application with payment, if the ship calls at Danish ports for a period of more than the three months.
Foreign ships as shown under item 3 and operating permanently in Danish territorial waters must be issued with a certificate for the entire insurance period, but only for a maximum of up to one year.
Applications for bunker certificates can also be submitted to the DMA for foreign ships as mentioned under items 2 and 3, if they fly the flag of states that have not acceded to the Bunker Convention.
Foreign ships as mentioned under items 2 and 3 without a valid bunker certificate will be detained.
The website www.imo.org informs about the states that are parties to the convention.
What is required for a certificate to be issued?
The applicant must upload a declaration (Blue Card) from the insurance company as a prerequisite for the issuance of a certificate. The Blue Card must be addressed to the DMA and confirm that insurance has been taken out to cover liability pursuant to the Bunker Convention.
When applying for a bunker certificate for a Danish ship, the applicant must use an insurance company with approval from the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority as an insurance operator in Denmark and approval from the DMA as a supplier of bunker insurance.
When applying for a bunker certificate for a foreign ship, the applicant must use an insurance company with approval from the relevant authority as an insurance operator in its homeland and approval from the Danish Maritime Authority as a supplier of bunker insurance.
DMA criteria for approval of insurance companies
DMA follows the guidelines issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the subject in broad terms. This means that DMA has granted insurance companies that are members of the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) prior approval as suppliers of bunker insurance. However, the members' insurance policies are only applicable for Danish ships, if the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority has approved the members as insurance operators in Denmark.
Insurance companies without membership of the IG are subject to an initial DMA approval and to subsequent DMA approval once a year. For the initial DMA approval, the insurance company must forward
- a declaration from the relevant authority in its home country that it is approved as an insurance
operator in the home country,
- a declaration (Blue Card) that it covers liability pursuant to the Bunker Convention,
- a declaration that it covers liability pursuant to the Bunker Convention due to an act of terror,
- a declaration that it has adequate reinsurance for liability pursuant to the Bunker Convention and
- a declaration from its external auditor that it is not subject to liquidation, public administration or otherwise in the process of seeking protection from its creditors.
For the subsequent annual approval, DMA must receive a fresh reinsurance declaration as mentioned under 4) and a fresh auditor declaration as mentioned under 5).
If the insurance company has its home base in an EEA country, i.e. the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, the DMA normally collects the information mentioned under 1, 4 and 5 on its own.
The cost-based price is DKK 300 per certificate.
DMA forwards an invoice upon receipt of the Blue Card. You can also pay directly to Danske Bank A/S.
Account no.: 0216 4069031625
IBAN no.: DK8402164069031625
Enter the name and IMO no. of the ship for reference. DMA issues the certificate upon receipt of payment.