Circular No. 17/99 - Blue Cards, CLC Certificates, 1969 and 1992 Civil Liability Conventions
DECEMBER 14, 1999
CIRCULAR NO. 17/99
TO MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION
1969 AND 1992 CIVIL LIABILITY CONVENTIONS
For the last two years two separate regimes have been in force: the 1969 Civil Liability Convention (CLC) and the 1992 CLC. In order to ensure worldwide trading it has been necessary for ships to carry on board both a 1969 and a 1992 CLC Certificate. Ships registered in a CLC State are able to obtain one of these two Certificates from their Flag State. It has been necessary to obtain the other Certificate from a different State. Most owners of ships flying the flag of a 1992 CLC State have obtained their 1969 CLC Certificates from the ship registries of either Malta or Panama. A problem arises for the year 2000 policy year since, for the reasons described below, it is expected that neither of these States will be able to issue 1969 CLC Certificates valid for the entire year.
Panama has ratified the 1992 CLC and denounced the 1969 CLC. Its denunciation will take effect on May11, 2000. Malta is expected to ratify the 1992 CLC and denounce the 1969 CLC this month. It has proved difficult to find a 1969 CLC Ship Registry willing to issue 1969 CLC Certificates to foreign vessels.
The International Maritime Organization
This problem was debated at the recent Assembly of the International Maritime Organizations (IMO). The IMO passed a resolution inviting the 1969 CLC States not to require ships holding 1992 CLC Certificates to also hold 1969 CLC Certificates. Such States were urged to accept 1992 Certificates as meeting the requirements of the 1969 CLC.
The Effect of the IMO Resolutions
It is recommended that all ships carry on board a copy of the relevant IMO Resolution. This Resolution is attached to this Circular as Annex I. A list of countries which are parties to the 1969 and 1992 CLC are attached as Annex 2.
Joseph E.M. Hughes, Chairman & CEO
Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., Managers for
THE AMERICAN CLUB