Applying for a Bunker Convention Certificate
With effect from 21 Nov 08, any ship having a gross tonnage greater than 1,000 that enters or leaves the port of Singapore is required to carry on board a Bunker Convention Certificate (BCC), to attest that insurance or other financial security to cover liability for bunker oil pollution damage is in place.
An oil tanker having a gross tonnage greater than 1,000, whether actually carrying oil in bulk (i.e. when laden) or with oil residues onboard during the voyage following carriage of oil (i.e. on ballast voyage) would already be covered by the Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1992 (CLC 92) and need not carry a BCC when entering or leaving the port of Singapore.
However, an oil tanker which is greater than 1,000 GT would be required to carry a BCC in the exceptional circumstance where she is operating in completely ‘clean’ condition, i.e. when it can be proven that there are no residues from the carriage of oil in, or remaining in its cargo tanks.
All vessels applying for Port Clearance under the Sea Trial Scheme are also required to comply with this regulation.
Currently, all ships calling at the port of Singapore are required to submit a Notification of Arrival (NOA) prior to their arrival. With effect from 21 Nov 08, all ships will need to indicate in the NOA, if the ship possesses a valid BCC issued by a Convention Party.
For Singapore-registered ships, please refer to Shipping Circular No. 26 of 2008. The BCC issued by MPA is not required to be sent to OSDC for updating.
For ships that enter the port of Singapore with a valid Bunker Certificate (Sample 1), ship owners or agents can continue to apply for Electronic Port Clearance through Marinet . Ship owners or agents are required to submit a copy of the BCC issued by any of the Contracting States (Annex 4), in addition to the other required certificates, upon the ship’s departure, except for BCC issued by MPA.
For ships that do not possess a valid BCC, ship owners or agents will be required to submit their application for a BCC through Marinet at least 3 working days prior to the ship’s arrival. The applicant will need to attach a softcopy (i.e. in pdf format) of the insurance policy (Blue Card) (Sample 2), which is addressed to MPA, issued by any one of the IG P&I Clubs. The applicant will receive a confirmation via email or Short Message System (SMS) when an in-principle approval is given. The applicant will only be able to print the BCC when the vessel is in the port of Singapore. The cost of issuing the BCC is SGD$60. This will be billed together with the port dues or Marinet charges.
A list of recognized FPUs and other P&I clubs whose insurance can be accepted for the purpose of issuing a BCC is attached in Annex 2. Ships insured by these recognized FPUs or P&I clubs will need to submit their application for a BCC through Marinet at least 3 working days prior to the ship’s arrival. The applicant will need to attach a softcopy (i.e. in pdf format) of the Blue Card issued, which is addressed to MPA, by any of the listed FPU or P&I Clubs. The applicant will receive a confirmation via email or Short Message System (SMS) when an in-principle approval is given. The applicant will only be able to print the BCC upon the making a departure declaration and when the vessel is still in port.
Please note that a BCC issued for this category of ships will only be valid for the period of port stay. For subsequent visits to the port of Singapore, provided there are no changes to the details in the Blue Card including the validity period of the insurance, the agents of the ships will be able to obtain a BCC valid for the period of port stay.
Ships will be charged a fee of SGD$60 for the issuance of a BCC on their first port call. No further fees will be charged for issuance of BCC for subsequent port calls. This fee will be billed together with the port dues or Marinet charges upon the first application.
Ships that are insured with insurance companies that are not recognized by MPA are advised to secure appropriate insurance cover through any of the marine insurance brokers listed at Annex 3. In such cases, ships are advised to engage the services of any of the marine insurance brokers two weeks prior to their arrival at the port of Singapore. Ships that have secured appropriate insurance cover are required to submit their application for BCC through Marinet at least 3 working days prior to the ship’s arrival.
Ships that are unable to secure appropriate insurance cover may be denied entry into the port of Singapore.
All non-Marinet users are required to submit their application for BCC at least 3 working days prior to the ship’s arrival at MPA One Stop Document Centre. You will be required to submit a copy of the Blue Card, which is addressed to MPA, issued by the recognized insurer together with the application form. Upon approval, you will be notified to collect the BCC from OSDC. Alternatively, you may collect the BCC when applying for port clearance.