Classification society DNV GL has started introducing IMO compliant electronic class and statutory certificates across its entire fleet, marking a historic first for the ship classification industry.
For the past few years, DNV GL has been working on pilot projects with several owners and flag administrations, to test and gain acceptance for the use of electronic certificates. This has resulted in almost 50 flag state administrations already having granted DNV GL the authority to issue electronic statutory certificates on their behalf, with more acceptances expected in the near future.
The widespread use of electronic certificates will result in significant efficiency gains for ship owners, charterers, regulators and crew, cutting down administrative burdens, processing time and document handling costs, according to DNV GL.
“The electronic certificate regime offered by DNV GL has provided us with a unique advantage in the contemporary market, where leverage from digitalized high-end efficient work processes plays an integral role,” said Morten Nygaard, Fleet Manager, Teekay Offshore, owners of one of the vessels used in the pilot projects.
Certificates are published on DNV GL’s customer portal immediately after an onboard survey is completed, so that all relevant parties can access the latest certificates from anywhere in the world. The electronic certificates are secured with a digital signature and a unique tracking number (UTN) which can be checked online, assuring their validity and authenticity.
“The roll out of electronic certificates is a significant step forward in our pathway towards modernizing classification. Electronic certificates will smooth our customer’s interactions with class, allow stakeholders across the industry to capture value from digitalization, and give us a platform for future improvements,” Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, said.
Electronic certificates will be rapidly rolled out across the DNV GL fleet, with newbuilding vessels receiving certificates upon delivery, and existing vessels at their next scheduled survey or audit.