An enhanced web-based facility has been launched by the Liberian Registry to help ship owners and managers to apply online for liability certificates. This facility came in the wake of another online facility launched earlier this year to expedite shipowners’ compliance with the requirements of the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007 (WRC).
The success of that initiative has paved way for the enhancement of online facilities for other purposes that includes, 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).
This facility is provided to the owners of ships registered in non-convention States which has to get the WRC, BCLC and/or CLC liability certificates. It is also available to the Liberian-flagged ship owners. These liability certificates are to be carried on board ships to make sure that the registered owners maintain insurance or other financial security to cover liabilities in compliance with relevant conventions.
David Pascoe, Senior Vice-President of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the registry, said: “Liberia’s online application system for WRC certification has been a tremendous success, so it was a logical decision to extend the website to include BCLC and CLC certification applications.”
“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.”