Bunker Convention Procedure

The Bunker Convention Certificate is mandatory to all vessels for which the Convention applies, registered under the Sierra Leone Flag without exemption

The following procedure applies to all ships over 1000 gross tonnage, of any type and registered in a State party flag or registered in non state party entering into the territorial seas or exclusive economic zone of any state party shall be required to maintain insurance or other financial security to cover the liability of the registered owner for pollution damage which meets the requirements of the Convention and to obtain a certificate issued by State party attesting that such insurance is in force.

The Bunker Convention Certificate will be required during the registration, renewal and any other request by the ship-owner to the Flag in order to proceed with such request.

Any vessel to which the Convention applies and will be navigating in the territorial sea or economic exclusive zone of Sierra Leone shall also have evidence of compliance with the Bunker Convention.

Issuance of Bunker Convention Certificate

SLMARAD is issuing Bunker Certificates to vessels registered under the Sierra Leone Flag or registered under a Non State Party of the Convention. SLMARAD is not issuing a Bunker Certificate to vessels registered under another State Party of the Convention. SLMARAD's Registration Officers are also authorized to issue Bunker Certificates.

The approved P&I insurance companies are:

Accepted International Clubs

Accepted P&I Clubs not members of the International Clubs

The  following documents shall be submitted for the issuance of Bunker Convention Certificate:

  • Blue card addressed to:      Sierra Leone Maritime Administration - Maritime House #6, Government Wharf Ferry Terminal, 

                                                         Freetown, Sierra Leone.

  • P&I Agreement/Policy
  • Certificate of Registry
  • Request and Acceptance of Service Form by the Registration Officer through the online "Fee Calculator" confirming the fees for the issuance or renewal of Bunker Convention Certificate.

Blue card can be send in electronic form to SLMARAD through bunker@slmarad.com


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