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ClassNK expands e-Certificate programme

ClassNK reports that it has expanded its electronic certificate service for classification and statutory certificates to include the flag states of Panama, Singapore, and the Marshall Islands.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The service, ClassNK e-Certificate, was previously only available to Liberian-flagged vessels. Expanding the programme to all ClassNK-registered vessels from these three additional flag states will mean that approximately 60 per cent of vessels on the ClassNK register will now be covered.

The e-Certificate is the result of a project aimed at reducing the workload on board and at shore offices by using digital documents to minimise clerical errors and time lost on paperwork.

Based on the standards stipulated in IMO’s Guidelines For The Use Of Electronic Certificates, released in April 2016, the system enables secure transmission of certificates from ship to shore, and includes an online function to determine the validity of certificates and whether they have been falsified or tampered with.

The Liberian Registry was the first to confirm that the ClassNK e-Certificate could be used to meet the requirements of the IMO Guidelines, and granted the Japanese society authorisation to become the first Recognised Organisation to issue electronic certificates to Liberian-flagged vessels on its behalf.

In addition to the new flag states listed above, ClassNK says that approval may also soon be forthcoming for vessels registered with the flag states of Norway, the Netherlands, and Vanuatu as part of ClassNK’s Recognised Organisation status in those jurisdictions, while the society will continue working with other flag states, port authorities, PSCs and other industry stakeholders to expand the availability of its e-Certificates further.{/mprestriction}

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