International Load Line Exemption Certificates may be issued to ships of Convention size on international voyages in certain circumstances (see below). UK Load Line Exemption Certificates may be issued to ships which do not ply internationally or which are not Convention ships (i. e. are less than 150 GT or less than 24 m in length).
At least: name and IMO number of receiving ship; port; date of commencement of delivery; name, address and telephone number of marine fuel oil supplier; product name(s); quantity (metric tons); density at 15°C (kg/m3); sulphur content (% m/m); and a declaration signed and certified by the fuel oil supplier's representative that the fuel oil supplied is in conformity withregulation 14(1) or (4)(a) and regulation 18(1) of MARPOL Annex VI.
The Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations 1997 define "near-coastal voyage" as "a voyage during which the vessel is never more than 150 nautical miles from a safe haven in the United Kingdom, or never more than 30 nautical miles from a safe haven in the Republic of Ireland". The area within these limits is sometimes referred to as the "UK near-coastal area".