How ship owners, brokers and operators can apply to MCA for passenger, bunker, tanker and wreck removal compulsory liability insurance certificates
The MCA uses personal information we collect about you when you apply for a certificate of insurance or other financial security in respect of one of the international maritime organisations conventions regarding compulsory insurance for a vessel or vessels.
To find out more about how the MCA look after personal data, your rights and how to contacts our data protection officer please go to the MCA personal information charter page.
Bunker and tanker insurance overview
UK ships and ships coming to or from the UK, or other state party, must have flag state certificates to prove that they have the relevant compulsory civil liability insurance against oil pollution. This applies to:
- bunker oil for ships over 1,000GT using oil as fuel - refer to ‘Oil pollution: liability and compulsory insurance for bunker oil (MGN 507)’
- tanker oil for ships carrying over 2,000 tonnes of oil cargo - refer to ‘Oil pollution: liability and compulsory insurance (MGN 508)’
MCA is no longer able to issue bunker civil liability certificates to vessels flagged in the following states from the dates shown:
- Madagascar - from 11 October 2017
- Myanmar – from 19 April 2018
The same applies to tanker civil liability certificates for:
- Guatemala - from 02 August 2017
- Myanmar - from 12 July 2017
Passengers and luggage (PAL) insurance overview
Vessels licensed to carry more than 12 passengers must have passenger liability (PAL) insurance in the event of accidents.
UK passenger vessels on international voyages must have a certificate issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to show that insurance is in place.
Passenger vessels not registered in a state party to the 2002 Athens Protocol or an EU/EEA state may also apply to the MCA to get a PAL insurance certificate.
You’ll need to provide evidence of both ‘war risks’ and ‘non-war risks’ insurance when you apply.
MCA is no longer able to issue Passenger and Luggage liability insurance certificates to vessels flagged in the following states from the dates shown
• Slovenia - from 9 April 2017
Wreck Removal insurance overview
UK ships and ships coming to or from the UK, or other state party, must have flag state certificates to prove that they have the relevant compulsory liability insurance for the locating, marking and removing of wrecks. This applies to all vessels over 300 GT; see MIN 499 (see link below) for the definition of a vessel with regard to the Wreck Removal Convention.
The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention 2007 (NWRC 2007) came into force on the 14 April 2015. The MCA was able to issue certificates on behalf of the United Kingdom from this date.
The MCA are prepared to accept applications from non-state parties, however priority will be given to applications for UK flagged vessels, and each application is considered on a case by case basis. Application forms can now be downloaded using the link below.
The MCA is not able to issue Wreck Removal convention certificates to vessels flagged in the following states from the dates shown:
- Belize – from 17 April 2018
- Croatia - from 11 October 2017
- Portugal - from 18 January 2018
- Singapore - from 08 September 2017
Find more information in the Marine information note; Wreck Removal: Liability and Compulsory Insurance for the locating, marking and removing of wrecks MIN 499.
Apply for all or any of 4 certificates using one email application form. The 4 types of certificate are:
- BCLC - Bunker Convention 2001
- CLC - Civil Liability Convention 1992 (Tankers)
- PAL - Athens Protocol 2002 and Regulation (EC) 392/2009
- NWRC - Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention 2007
You can use the electronic form to apply for up to 33 certificates at a time.
Please complete one row for each Blue Card.
If your insurer is not listed in the drop down list, please select “other” and provide more details in the comments field. Insurer details are required for the MCA to check if your insurer meets our requirements. This may cause some delay to your application. Please see “unknown insurers” below.
Complete all three pages of the form on your computer. Click the “submit via email” button. The form will convert the data into an XML file.
Follow the prompts in order to attach the XML file to an email. Please also attach your Blue Cards, and any other supporting documents to this email.
Email your XML application and any supporting documents to CLCApplications@mcga.gov.uk.
Once the MCA have received your application you will receive an email confirming receipt. We will then upload your application to our database, at which point you will receive a second email confirming your application number.
The MCA normally aims to produce certificates within 10 days of receipt of your completed application (including payment).
During peak periods (December - March) it may take longer than 10 days.
We will advise you of our estimated turnaround time when you submit your application.
Passenger liability certificates and Wreck Removal liability certificates costs £31 each. Bunker and tanker certificates cost £16 each.
Additional delivery charges may apply - see below.
Please note, certificates will not be issued until payment has been received.
The certificate fees include delivery by Royal Mail either:
- recorded / signed for if delivered in UK
- international / signed for if delivered outside UK (where available)
MCA only accepts responsibility for packages sent by courier delivery. This is recommended for addresses outside of Western Europe.
Courier fees are £30.00 for each delivery. Only one delivery charge applies when more than one certificate is couriered in the same package.
MCA isn’t responsible for any delays during shipment whichever delivery method is used.
Payment must be made in full before certificates will be released. However, do not send payment until you have received the application number, which must be quoted in any payment.
You can pay by any of the following methods
- cheque or banker’s draft payable to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (in £/sterling and drawn on a UK bank)
- credit or debit card - find form MSF 5187: request to pay by credit card
- telegraphic transfer - find CLC branch bank details
- MCA rolling credit account
MCA doesn’t issue invoices unless you ask for this in writing or by email.
Please e-mail CLCFinance@mcga.gov.uk if you require an invoice or if you have any queries regarding your payment.
If your insurer is not listed in the drop down field in section 10 of the application form, you may still apply for certificates from the MCA, but before we can issue these certificates your insurer will need to provide us with evidence that they fulfil our criteria.
Each liability convention allows an insurer to cancel their cover of a vessel’s insurance by providing a set amount of notice to the issuing authority. Once notice is received that an insurer wishes to cancel their insurance for a vessel, the MCA will request the return of the original certificate. Please click here to access a list of certificates where the cover has been cancelled but the certificate has not been returned to the MCA following our request. The reason that MCA publishes this list is to draw attention to certificates that have been cancelled but may otherwise appear valid.
If you have any queries contact MCA’s CLC Branch.
Telephone: +44 (0) 203 90 85200