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Instructions for application for the certificate of insurance or any other financial security in respect of liability for bunker oil pollution damage

The certificate of insurance or any other financial security in respect of liability for bunker oil pollution damage (hereinafter Certificate) shall be issued on the basis of Regulation No. 69 of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of 25 July 2008 enacted pursuant to the Accession to the International Convention On Civil Liability For Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001 (hereinafter Bunker Oil Convention) Act.

An application for the Certificate shall be submitted to the Estonian Maritime Administration (ljo[at]vta[dot]ee), giving the following information:

1) name of ship,

2) identification number or call sign,

3) IMO number,

4) gross tonnage,

5) port of registry,

6) name and address of shipowner,

7) insurance contract or proof of some other financial security (e.g. bank guarantee, Blue Card),

8) upon application for a Certificate for a ship flying the flag of a State which is not a Party to the Bunker Oil Convention, a tonnage certificate is required, as well as ETA notification.

The Estonian Maritime Administration will issue the Certificate or make the decision to refuse its issue within three working days from the date of receipt of application. The date of receipt of application is the working day when the application containing all necessary information is received at the Estonian Maritime Administration. The Certificate will be issued by a date which does not exceed the validity period of the insurance contract or any other financial security.

A state fee shall be paid for the issue of the Certificate. The necessary details shall be forwarded by e-mail together with the notification of the acceptance of the application.

The Certificate shall be delivered against a signature at the Estonian Maritime Administration at the address

Lume 9 Tallinn 10416

Phone +372 620 5700

Fax +372 620 5706

E-mail: ljo[at]vta[dot]ee

 

Application for the Certificate of Insurance or Any Other Financial Security in respect of Liability for Oil Pollution Damage

 

The certificate of insurance or any other financial security in respect of liability for oil pollution damage (hereinafter Certificate) shall be issued on the basis of the Act on accession to the protocols of 1992 amending the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage of 1969 (CLC 1969) and the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage of 1971 (FUND 1971).

Shipowners who are registered in a State which is Party to the CLC and who operate ships which carry more than 2,000 tonnes of oil in bulk are required to hold a valid insurance contract or any other financial security, such as a bank guarantee or a certificate delivered by an international compensation fund, in the amount corresponding to the limits of liability set out in Article V (1) of the CLC.

An application for the Certificate shall be submitted to the Estonian Maritime Administration, giving the following information:

1) name of ship,

2) identification number or call sign,

3) IMO number,

4) gross tonnage,

5) port of registry,

6) name and address of shipowner,

7) insurance contract or proof of some other financial security.

THE FORM FOR APPLICATION FOR THE CERTIFICATE (PDF)

The completed form may be:

1) saved as a PDF file on the computer;

2) signed digitally;

3) sent to the address ljo[at]vta[dot]ee, providing all necessary documents in electronic form (insurance contract or proof of some other financial security).

Alternatively, the completed form may be printed out, signed and delivered personally with all necessary documents (or sent by fax) to the secretary of the Estonian Maritime Administration at the following address:

Lume 9, 10416 Tallinn

Phone: +372 620 5700

Fax: +372 620 5706

E-mail: mot @ vta.ee

The Estonian Maritime Administration will issue the Certificate or make the decision to refuse its issue within three working days from the date of receipt of application. The date of receipt of application is the working day when the application containing all necessary information is received at the Estonian Maritime Administration. The Certificate will be issued by a date which does not exceed the validity period of the insurance contract or any other financial security.

A state fee shall be paid for the issue of the Certificate. The Certificate shall be delivered against a signature at the Estonian Maritime Administration (Lume 9, Tallinn).

 

 

Procedure for Application, Issue and Revocation of the International Anti-Fouling System Certificate

The International Anti-Fouling System Certificate is issued in compliance with the Regulation of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of 17 October 2011 “Procedure for Application, Issue and Revocation of the International Anti-Fouling System Certificate”.

Vessels of GT 400 and more flying the flag of a state that is a party to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships (AFS Convention) are required to have the International Anti-Fouling System Certificate together with the Record of Anti-Fouling Systems and, if necessary, an Endorsement of the Records. This requirement does not apply to fixed and floating platforms. The certificate is issued by a classification society on the basis of survey.

A ship purchased from a state that is a party to the AFS Convention is required to apply for a new AFS certificate within 3 months. For that purpose copies of the previous certificates and, if possible, a copy of relevant survey reports shall be submitted, on the basis of which a new AFS certificate can be issued.

Ships of GT less than 400, but 24 metres or more in length, are required to have a declaration issued and signed by the Company, or a person authorised by the Company, of the compliance of the vessel’s anti-fouling system with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 782/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 April 2003 on the prohibition of organotin compounds on ships. The declaration shall be supplemented with documentation (such as paint receipt or a contractor invoice) or contain appropriate endorsement. This requirement does not apply to fixed and floating platforms.

FORM OF THE DECLARATION (DOC)

(According to the AFS Convention only ships on international voyages are required to have this declaration, but the EU requires all ships to have it regardless of the type of voyage.)

The EC Regulation, AFS Convention and the abovenamed Regulation of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications shall not apply to:

  • warships;
  • ships that perform state administrative duties.

Information about biocidal products and their use can be found on the Estonian Health Board website.

In accordance with Article 11 of the AFS Convention, the Estonian Maritime Administration carries out the inspection of ships arriving at or leaving Estonian ports and offshore terminals in the territorial waters of the Republic of Estonia. Ship supervision is exercised in compliance with legislation on PSC.

 

 

Last updated: 6 November 2020