Detailed guide: Unknown Insurers: UK Criteria for approval of insurers providing cover for the Civil Liability, Bunkers or Wreck Removal Conventions

Maritime Coastguard Agency

November 28
14:56 2019

Unknown Insurers

If your insurer is not listed in the drop down field in section 10 of the application form, it may be because the Department for Transport has not yet checked that this insurer meets the UKs criteria to provide cover for the following conventions;

  • BCLC - Bunker Convention 2001
  • CLC - Civil Liability Convention 1992 (Tankers)
  • PAL - Athens Protocol 2002 and Regulation (EC) 392/2009
  • NWRC - Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention 2007

You may still apply for certificates from the MCA, however before we can issue these certificates your insurer will need to provide us with evidence that they fulfil our criteria.

UK Criteria for approval of insurers providing cover for the Civil Liability Certificates - Annexes A, B & C

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Evidence should be submitted via email to

The approval process can take upwards of 10 working days, depending upon the quality of evidence received and where the insurer is based, so please plan your applications accordingly. If we do not receive the necessary evidence, your application may be rejected.

Published 10 November 2015
Last updated 28 November 2019 +show all updates
  1. Updated version approved insurer criteria 11/19
  2. New insurer criteria document added.
  3. New criteria document added
  4. Annex C added
  5. First published.

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