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International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Global
Date
Mar 23, 2001
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-001377)
Title abbreviation

BUNKERS 2001

Title (French)

Convention internationale sur la responsabilité civile pour dommages de pollution par hydrocarbures, 2001

Title (Spanish)

Convenio Internacional sobre responsabilidad civil por daños debidos a contaminación por hidrocarburos, 2001

Title (Other)

Internationales Übereinkommen von 2001 für die zivilrechtliche Haftung über Bunkerölverschmutzungsschäden

Place of adoption
London
Depository
IMO International Maritime Organization
Language
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Entry into force
Nov 21, 2008
Subject
Sea
Keyword
Marine pollution Vessel ownership Oil pollution Enforcement/compliance Certification Liability/compensation Jurisdictional competence Registration
Abstract

Objectives: To adopt uniform international rules and procedures for determining questions of liability and providing adequate, prompt and effective compensation in cases of damage caused by pollution resulting from the escape or discharge of bunker oil from ships. Summary of provisions: The Convention was adopted in the framework of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and is to apply exclusively to pollution damage in areas defined in art. 2 and to preventive measures, wherever taken, to prevent or minimise such damage. The shipowner is liable for pollution damage caused by any bunker oil on board or originating from the ship (art. 3), but may be exonerated wholly or partially from such liability if certain conditions are met. Registered owners of ships having a gross tonnage greater than 1000 registered in a State Party are to be required to maintain insurance or other financial security to cover their liability for pollution damage (art. 7). Parties undertake to ensure that their courts have jurisdiction to entertain actions for compensation (art. 9). Other articles provide for incidents involving two or more ships (art. 5), time limit of the right to compensation (art. 8), limitation of liability (art. 6), exclusion from application of the Convention (art. 4), and recognition and enforcement of judgements (art. 10).

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