Proof of Possession of Adequate Insurance Cover by Certain Ships - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this certificate if you operate ships that have a gross tonnage of 400 tons or more and are carrying oil as cargo or bunker. It is compulsory to carry a relevant insurance certificate when visiting an Australian port.

This requirement does not apply to oil tankers that are already required to have insurance under the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1992.

In most instances, the requirements of proof can be met by the carriage of an original or certified copy of a normal Protection and Indemnity (PI) Club Certificate of Entry.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

You must provide the following information with your application for the relevant insurance certificate:

  • Name of the ship;
  • Name of the ship's owner;
  • Name and business address of the person who is providing insurance or other financial security in respect of the ship to cover the liability of the ship's owner for pollution damage;
  • Commencement date of the insurance coverage; and
  • Amount of cover provided under the insurance or other financial security, which must be no less than the limit of any liability applicable under relevant international law.

The relevant insurance certificates will need to be produced on request during port State control inspections and during inspections when ships are entering and leaving Australia.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.





Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Marine Environment Division

Act(s) name

Protection of the Sea (Civil Liability) Act 1981 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Protection of the Sea (Civil Liability) Regulations 1983 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Marine Environment Division

Operating address:
82 Northbourne Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2181
Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6279 5040


02 6279 5026


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