The Philippine province of Zambales - Update on local fees that appear to conflict with UNCLOS


Ships have been charged with “user fees” related to a 'monitoring' system implemented in the Philippine province of Zambales. BIMCO believes this system is inconsistent with UNCLOS.

On March 10th BIMCO advised members to contact their P&I Club for matters related to payment of any invoice for “user fees” for the “Provincial Coast Watch Surveillance and Environment Monitoring System”.

Several P&I Clubs have updated their websites this week with a report prepared by their local correspondent in the Philippines, the PANDIMAN Philippines ALON.

The report can be found via the following links:

We shall keep you updated with relevant developments. In the meantime, we continue to recommend our members to follow the advice of their P&I Club in this matter.

Merete Lund Greisen
in Copenhagen, DK


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