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


You will require this certificate if you intend to 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.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

With your application for the relevant insurance certificate, you must provide the:

  • 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
  • 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.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $70.00

Issue of a first certificate. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $40.00

Annual renewal of the certificate. Fees for 2023-24

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

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Marine Environment Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.