Decision ID: 000935

In October 1998 the 1992 Fund Executive Committee considered whether the vessel, which was unladen at the time of the incident, fell within the definition of ‘ship’ laid down in Article I.1 of the 1992 Civil Liability Convention, in particular as regards the proviso that ‘a ship capable of carrying oil and other cargoes shall be regarded as a ship only when it is actually carrying oil in bulk as cargo and during any voyage following such carriage unless it is proved that it has no residues of such carriage of oil in bulk aboard’. The Committee took the view that, given the divergence of opinion of delegations on the interpretation of the proviso, it was premature to take a decision on this important issue and decided to invite the 1992 Fund Assembly to add the examination of this issue to the mandate of the Working Group established to consider the applicability of the 1992 Conventions in respect of offshore units.

Date: 30.09.1998
Category: Application of the Conventions
Subject: Interpretation of 'ship' in Article I.1 of the 1969 and 1992 Civil Liability Conventions