Ready For Port State Control?
As a captain, you have always more than just one job to do. In the hustle and bustle of your everyday role, it is sometimes be easy to lose track of things.
To ensure that you do not lose unnecessary time at the next port statecontrol, we have compiled the most important certificates that you should always have at hand.
Liability Insurance Certificate: mandatory invarious European countries (Greece, Spain, Italy andrecently Denmark) and often requested by marinas to use their installations. General mandatory limits vary from one country to another but in order ton avigate throughout Europe a minimum sum insured of €8,000,000 is recommendable. These certificates are issued by Pantaenius on behalf of the insurers.
MLC Compliance Certificates: these are generally issued by a P&I Club and mandatory on yachts above 300GT and/or commercial (charter) yachts. These provide proof that financial guarantee exists for following regulations of the MLC 2006:
a) Liabilities in respect of outstanding wages and repatriation of a seafarer together with costs and expenses incidental there to in accordance with Regulation 2.5, Standard A2.5 and Guideline B2.5; and
b) Liabilities in respect of compensating a seafarer for death or long-term disability in accordance with Regulation 4.2, Standard A4.2 and Guideline B4.2.
c) Accordance with Regulation 4.2, Standard A4.2 and Guideline B4.2.
Certificate Furnished As Evidence Of Insurance Pursuant To Article 12 Of The Nairobi International Convention On The Removal Of Wrecks, 2007: Provides the legal basis for states to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may have the potential to affect adversely the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment. Mandatory on yachts above 300GT that navigate waters of subscribing states. Issued by the flag state subject to P&I cover in place.
Certificate Furnished As Evidence Of Insurance Pursuant To Article 7 Of The International Convention On Civil Liability For Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001: mandatory on yachts above 1,000GT. Issued by the flag state it serves to certifying that the ship has evidenced properinsurance or other financial security to cover the liability of the registered owner for pollution damage. Subject to existing P&I insurance in place.
Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR): certificate of financial guarantee in compliance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Mandatory for all yachts above 300GT entering US Waters and issued by the US Coast Guard subject to existing liability/P&I insurance in place.