This bulletin was issued on 4 August 2023 and is addressed to all shipowners, operators, officers, flag state inspectors, and recognized organizations.
It became effective on the date of issuance.
This bulletin supersedes Bulletin number 338.
The purpose of this Bulletin is to inform of the List of Approved Providers of Insurance for Barbadian vessels and for the following purpose:
All ships - P&I Certificate of Entry for general liability;
Any ship greater than 1000 Gross Tonnage - Article 7 of 2001 Bunkers Convention;
Any ship carrying more than 2000 tons of oil in bulk as cargo- Article 7 of the 1992 Civil Liability Convention;
All seafarers on any ship - Repatriation (Reg. 2.5) and Shipowner’s Liability (Reg. 4.2) of the MLC 2006;
Any ship in international voyage - Article 4bis of the PAL 2002;
Any ship of 300 Gross Tonnage and above - Article 12 of the 2007 Nairobi WRC.
Removal of Wrecks Certificate (2007 Nairobi WRC)
Barbados is not a signatory of the 2007 Nairobi WRC; hence, The Barbados Maritime Ship Registry (BMSR) cannot issue a certificate attesting that insurance or other financial security is in force in accordance with the provision of the Convention.
However, the BMSR still requires Barbadian vessels to be insured for the purpose of the convention and to receive a valid certificate of insurance.
Managers who still wish to have a statutory Wreck Certificate can apply for one to an appropriate authority of any other State Party of the Convention.
BMSR Approval of Insurance Providers
As per IMO Circular Letter No. 3464, the BMSR accepts all certificates of insurance or blue cards issued by members of the International Group of P&I Associations.
Insurers wishing to provide insurance services to Barbadian ships must be approved before their certificates will be accepted by the Registry.
The BMSR will charge for the approval of an insurer with the rate for ‘Assessment and approval of any manual or plan’ as per the BMSR fees, plus the fees for the issuance of the Letter of Approval.