Round Table encourages U.K. ratification of the Bunkers Convention

The U.K. Government has signalled its intention to ratify and implement the Bunkers Convention and has therefore gone out to industry and sought comments (click hereto view its 'Consultation on implementation of the Bunkers Convention').  

In a letter to the Department for Transportthe Round Table of international shipping associations (BIMCO, ICS/ISF, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO) has encouraged the U.K. to ratify and implement the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 - the “Bunkers Convention”. This is in line with the Round Table’s policy of supporting a comprehensive regime of liability and compensation for damage caused by marine pollution, be it from oil or other hazardous substances, and whether carried in bulk or as a marine fuel. The associations underlined the need for speedy ratification of the latest international conventions, including the Bunkers Convention. 

Furthermore, the associations referred to the lack of responder immunity in the Bunkers Convention, and supported a proposal to extend such protection to those responding to bunker spill incidents, as envisaged in Conference Resolution 26, with respect to the exemption of liability for persons engaged in seeking to prevent or minimise the effects of pollution. 

The Round Table also agreed, as a matter of general principle, with a proposal – on certain conditions - to make it mandatory for vessels exceeding 300 GT operating within U.K. territorial waters or entering a U.K. port to be insured for all third party risks, including pollution. 

Contact: Kristian R. Fuglesang