CLC certificate


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The CLC certificate relates to insurance to cover liability for oil pollution damage during transportation of oil. Danish ships carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of persistent mineral oil with carbon hybrids must have a certificate.

The requirement for a certificate also applies to foreign ships that call at Danish ports, Danish places of loading or unloading or the Danish continental shelf area and transport more than 2,000 tonnes of oil in bulk as cargo.

DMA issues a 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".

Application for CLC cer​tificate

Guidelines on application for CLC Certificates


Legal basis


Order no. 1351 of 3 December 2010 entered into force on 10 December 2010 and amended Order no. 217 of 8 April 1998 on insurance or other financial security in respect of civil liability for oil pollution damage from ships. The Order introduces provisions on fees for the issuance of CLC Certificates.

What ships?

The requirement for a certificate applies to

  1. all ships registered in Denmark carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of oil in bulk as cargo.
  2. All foreign ships carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of oil in bulk as cargo when calling at or leaving a Danish port or any other place of loading or unloading in Denmark or on the Danish continental shelf.
  3. Ships owned by Danish state institutions carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of oil in bulk as cargo.
  4. Ships owned by a foreign state and carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of oil in bulk as cargo when calling at or leaving a Danish port or any other place of loading or unloading in Denmark or on the Danish continental shelf.

Who is the issuer?


Applications for insurance certificates for ships registered in Denmark must be forwarded to the DMA.

Applications must be submitted well before the expiry of the insurance. Most insurance policies expire once a year on 20 February.

Applications for new ships entered in the Danish register outside the general certificate renewal period must be submitted well before the ship starts sailing.

Danish ships as shown under item 1) must not operate without a valid certificate on board.

Foreign ships as shown under item 2) and calling at a Danish port or any other place of loading or unloading in Denmark or on the Danish continental shelf must have a valid certificate on board. 

Danish state ships as shown under item 3) must have a valid certificate on board or another certificate issued by the DMA confirming that the ship is state-owned and that its insurance covers liability up to the limit specified in the merchant shipping act.

Foreign state ships as shown under item 4) must have a valid certificate on board or a certificate issued by the relevant authority confirming that the ship is state-owned and that its insurance covers liability up to the limit specified in the merchant shipping act.


What is required for a certificate to be issued?

 
The applicant must upload a declaration (Blue Card) from its 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 CLC Convention. The declaration must also include data about the ship as shown in the application form.

When applying for a CLC 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 Danish Maritime Authority as a supplier of CLC insurance.

When applying for a CLC 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 CLC 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 oil 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
  1. a declaration from the relevant authority in its home country that it is approved as an insurance operator in the home country,
  2. a declaration (Blue Card) that it covers liability pursuant to the CLC convention,
  3. a declaration that it covers liability pursuant to the CLC convention due to an act of terror,
  4. a declaration that it has adequate reinsurance for liability pursuant to the CLC convention and
  5. 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, the 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 Island, Norway and Liechtenstein, the DMA normally collects the information mentioned under 1, 4 and 5. on its own.

Costs


The cost-based price is DKK 210 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
BAN no.: DK8402164069031625
SWIFT: DABADKKK

Enter the name and IMO no. of the ship for reference. DMA issues the certificate upon receipt of payment.

 CONTACT

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Telefon: ​+45 72 19 60 00
Mail:  bunkercertifikat@dma.dk