Japan accedes to Bunker Convention and Wreck Removal Convention wef 1st October 2020 – compulsory domestic insurance

To the Association’s Members

You may be aware that for foreign flagged vessels 100 GT and above entering or leaving Japanese waters and its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the current practice is to apply for a MLIT Certificate using MMIA’s Certificate of Entry (COE).  You may also be aware that you can apply for a Bunker Convention Blue Card and/or a Wreck Removal Convention Blue Card from MMIA and use these Blue Cards to exchange for a Bunker / Wreck Removal Convention Certificate from a signatory flag state.  Effective from 1st October 2020, following Japan’s accession to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (“Bunker Convention”) and the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 (“Wreck Removal Convention“), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan has amended its laws on Liability for Oil Pollution Damage and Removal of Wrecks.

What this means is that from 1st October 2020, all vessels within the Japanese Waters and its EEZ will be required to carry onboard MLIT Certificate, Convention Certificate or both in accordance with the following criteria:

Less than 100 GT:

Not Applicable

101 GT to 299 GT:

2 Certificates – (1) MLIT Certificate for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage and (2) MLIT Certificate for Wreck Removal (MLIT Certificates expiring on or after 1st October 2020 can continue to be used)

300 GT to 999 GT:

2 Certificates – (1) MLIT Certificate for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage and (2) Convention Certificate for Wreck Removal (MLIT Certificates for Wreck Removal expiring on or after 1st October 2020 must be replaced by a Convention Certificate for Wreck Removal)

1,000 GT and above:

2 Certificates (1) Convention Certificate for Bunker and (2) Convention Certificate for Wreck Removal (MLIT Certificates for Bunker and Wreck Removal expiring on or after 1st October 2020 must be replaced by Convention Certificates for Bunker and Wreck Removal)

Members can see the full regulations outlined by the MLIT here: https://www.mlit.go.jp/maritime/content/001359625.pdf.

The Club is on hand to assist their Members with any questions or concerns they may have in this matter and may be contacted in the usual manner.

Yours faithfully


The Board of Directors
Maritime Mutual Insurance Association (NZ) Limited

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