The Liberian Registry had already launched a certification facility on its secure eMaritime website to expedite shipowner compliance with the requirements of the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007 (WRC) and following the success of that initiative, the registry decided to further enhance the website to include online applications for certification under the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001 (BCLC) and the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1992 (CLC), the Register said in a statement.
The enhanced online facility is available to owners of Liberian-flagged ships as well as owners of ships registered in non-convention States that need to obtain the WRC, BCLC and/or CLC liability certificates.
The Liberian Registry issues these liability certificates as they are required to be carried on board ships to verify that registered owners maintain insurance or other financial security to cover liabilities in compliance with relevant conventions.
Considering the success of the on-line application for WRC certificates, “it was a logical decision to extend the website to include BCLC and CLC certification applications,” said David Pascoe, senior vp of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the registry.
“Liberia believes that the job of responsible ship registries is not only to ensure that owners and managers are in full compliance with international regulations, but also to facilitate the application process wherever possible. LISCR has always taken a highly proactive approach to all regulatory issues affecting ship owners and managers, and will continue to do so,” he added.
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