The International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (Bunkers Convention) came into effect November 21, 2008. As a State Party to the Bunkers convention, Jamaica may also issue Certificates of Insurance to vessels of non- State Parties provided they meet the conditions set out in ......
Requirements for issue of a Certificate of Insurance
An application for a Certificate of Insurance or other financial security in respect of civil liability for bunker oil pollution damage may be made by or on the behalf of the Registered Owner - "the individual, company, partnership or maritime entity entered in the Register as Owner" . The Certificate of Insurance may be issued only upon receipt by the Registrar of Ships, Jamaica or the Deputy Registrar of Ships of the original documents of application.
The approval process leading to the issuance of the certificate may commence on receipt of electronic copies of the Application and related documents however, the original Certificate will be issued only upon receipt of the original documents. Please note however that Electronic copies of Blue Cards issued by members of the International Group of P& I Clubs will be accepted without the need for originals to be submitted. The following procedures must be adhered in general, for a Certificate of Insurance to be issued:
1. Submit a complete Application for Certificate of Insurance which must include:
a) Application for Certificate of Insurance or other financial security in respect of civil liability for bunker oil pollution damage - Form JSR078.
b) A cover note or declaration from the insurance company (Blue Card) confirming
a. Name of Ship, IMO Number, Official Number and Port of Registry.
b. Name and Principal Place of Business of Registered Owner.
c. Name and Principal Place of Business of Insurer or Guarantor.
d. Type and Duration of Security.
e. A validity which does not expire or cease for any reason other than the expiry of the period of validity insurance or security.
f. A statement of Certification as follows:
“This is to certify that there is in force in respect of the above-named ship while in above-named ownership a policy of insurance satisfying the requirement of Article 7 of the International Convention for Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001.”
NB: Only Blue Cards from Approved P&I Clubs or approved issuing companies are acceptable.
c) Applicable Fee of Two Hundred United States Dollars (USD200) plus administrative fees.
The Application is reviewed upon receipt and providing all requirements are met, the Certificate will be issued for the period of validity reflected on the Blue Card.
Application by P & I Clubs for Approval to issue Blue Cards to Jamaican Ships
P&I Clubs which are not members of the International Group of P& I Clubs but provide cover to Jamaican or foreign vessels are required to be approved by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica. A letter of application is required to be submitted enclosing the following documents:
a. Evidence of the Club's evaluation with an internationally recognized rating agency (e.g. Standard & Poor's) .
b. Evidence of the re-insurers of the Club.
c. Declaration regarding the States which have accepted the cover provided by the Club and the number of ships in each State which carry such cover.
A letter of approval will be issued where the Club meets the above mentioned conditions.
A list of approved entities to issue Blue Cards may be viewed by at www.jamaicaships.com.