The new "Regulation on the
Requirement to Obtain Insurance Coverage for Vessels against
Maritime Claims and Supervision Thereof" which will be in
effect as of 1st July 2011, has been subject to inquiries and
questions of the P & I insurance market in Turkey. The main
issue that needed clarification was how this Regulation will be
implemented and what kind of documents will be required to be
present on board in order to comply with the Regulation.
A meeting has been organized by the
Maritime Undersecretariat in Ankara which was participated by the
Harbour Masters of Turkish ports and major P & I correspondents
in Turkey. During such meeting, these inquiries have been discussed
and the Maritime Undersecretariat has assured that the requirement
will be to seek original insurance policies to be kept on board,
however, they will also accept Certificate Of Entries issued by P
& I Clubs. They have also informed the participants that the
website of International Group Clubs where list of vessels entered
are declared is quite sufficient for them together with a copy of
the CoE. The possibility of assistance that may be provided by the
P & I correspondents has also been discussed and the Maritime
Undersecretariat has informed that they will be ready to accept the
confirmation reports of correspondent companies that are recognized
by them as "well known" and "prestigious",
regarding the existence of P & I insurance of vessels .
These confirmations reveal that CoE
of vessels printed in the form of a PDF format, website information
confirming insurance cover of specific vessel to a specific P &
I club or written confirmation of P & I correspondents which
are well known by Authorities will be acceptable. We must emphasize
that we will see the exact application of the Regulation in terms
of how specific Authorities will evaluate the documents on board,
sufficiency of website information or what kind of a wording will
be required from P & I correspondents with regard to
confirmation of insurance cover, once the Regulation comes into
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