ClassNK moves to electronic certificates as standard

Classification Society ClassNK has announced that it will make the issuance of electronic certificates and reports for ships a standard service from 30th January 2022.

The class society has already allowed electronic documents to be used upon request since the early 2000s for survey records, and since 2017 for class certificate and statutory certificates issued on behalf of flag states.

With demand for digital documentation continuing to increase, ClassNK says it is now expanding its offering to make electronic equivalents a standard service for class/statutory survey records and ISM/ISPS/MLC audit records, as well as for certificates from flag states that authorise electronic versions.

The documents will be made available via a link sent to the e-mail address registered on ‘e-Application’, the society’s online application system for ships in service, and on its ‘NK-SHIPS’ repository.

Certificates from flag states that have not yet authorised electronic certificates yet, or other certificates that cannot be provided digitally, will continue to be provided on paper. Electronic certificates are already used by flag states including Panama, Liberia, Singapore, Marshall Islands, Bahamas, and Malta.

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