In continuation of the
Engine Circular No. 45 regarding
Guidelines for registration as Bunker Suppliers as per MARPOL Annex VI
bunker suppliers are required to register with the Directorate, by 19th
May, 2005, in order to comply with the MARPOL 73/78Annex VI. In accordance
to Regulation 18 of Annex VI, fuel oil for combustion purposes delivered
to and used on board ships shall be recorded by means of a Bunker Delivery
Note (BDN). This implies that a BDN shall be presented for every delivery
by Bunker terminals, Barge or trucks and for every grade.
Needless to mention that any bunker supplier not registered with the
Directorate shall in no case supply bunkers to the Foreign going vessels,
however for vessels trading exclusively on Indian Coast are exempted till
31st August'2005 for completion of registration process by all
bunker suppliers. In case the foreign going
vessel is found to have received bunkers from unregistered bunker
supplier, the flag State or port State control authorities may detain the
For implementing the above-mentioned regulations the Directorate General
of Shipping (DGS), has made mandatory the adoption and implementation of a
Quality Management System (QMS) in line with ISO 9001:2000 by the Bunker
Suppliers, by April 2005. However, most of the bunker suppliers
were unable to implement the same due to shortage of time. As such, an
interim Registration Certificate valid for a period of 6 months is being
issued to the companies not having ISO certification for " bunker supply
chain" management so as to enable them to implement the quality system
within this period. It may also be noted that
companies who have been issued with a certificate for a period of 6 months
will not be granted any extension nor their certificates renewed till such
time they have a quality management system for the bunker supply chain.
In view of the above, following
guidelines are issued and are required to be followed strictly: -
All Bunker Suppliers shall
implement the Quality Management System (QMS) in line with ISO 9001:2000,
within the period of interim certificate, and a copy of the certificate
shall be submitted to the Directorate.
For renewal of the Bunker
registration Certificate, the Company may be required to undergo
inspection by the surveyor of this Department, so as to verify –
Compliance with the
regulations of MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI as applicable.
of Bunker Delivery Note (BDN) and bunker sample as required by the
shall, from time to time, intimate the Directorate of any change in the
place of business and apply for a fresh certificate on payment of a fee.
quality would be subjected to flag State and port State inspection, they
may verify the content of bunker delivery note with the port where the
note was issued, and also may take fuel oil sample to verify conformance
with MARPOL 73/78, Annex VI requirements..
receipt of a report or a complaint from the port State authorities/ flag
State authorities, the Directorate may initiate appropriate action against
suppliers who have been found to have delivered non-compliant fuel to
ships, and may lead to suspension or withdrawal of the Certificate as
deemed fit and communicate the same to the Bunker Supplier.
This issues with the approval of the Chief Surveyor with the Government of
Engineer and Ship Surveyor cum Dy.DG(Tech)