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IRClass adds e-Certificates

Vijay Arora, IRClass Vijay Arora, IRClass

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has confirmed that it has started issuing electronic certificates for all its classed vessels, in accordance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) guidelines for the use of e-Certificates (FAL.5-Circ.39-Rev2).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The e-Certificates can be accessed through a secure platform via the IRClass website, providing stakeholders with real-time access to the latest class and statutory certificates from anywhere in the world.

The e-Certificates incorporate a digital signature and a unique tracking number for online verification, allowing the user to determine the validity of the certificates using a new IRClass Verification Portal.

“The implementation of IRClass e-Certificates are expected to reduce administrative burden and document handling costs for shipowners, coupled with increasing operational efficiency,” said Vijay Arora, joint managing director of IRClass.

“We have started issuing e-Certificates, provided the flag state has approved its use, to all newbuilding vessels on delivery as well as existing vessels on completion of their upcoming renewal survey.”

“As a classification society focused on driving the maritime industry forward, we are looking towards stepping up on our digitalisation efforts in various other areas in the near future, as technological advancements continue to transform the industry at a rapid pace.”{/mprestriction}

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