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Denmark, Norway and Singapore Agree on E-Certificates

Danish, Norwegian and Singapore Maritime Authorities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to adopt E-Certificates with the aim of improving efficiency through digitalization.

Through such initiatives Singapore wants ‘to prepare the maritime sector for a digital future’, says Andrew Tan CEO of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).  ‘ The time is ripe for this. I am glad that Denmark, Norway and Singapore have led the way to show the potential of harnessing Information and Communications Technology’, he added.

According to Andreas Nordseth, Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority there is still more to do before the maritime world can truly reap the benefits of digitalization. He said, “Our first target is to inspire and support more countries to implement similar solutions. The reduction of paperwork benefits all stakeholders as it makes the entire maritime sector more efficient. We hold high hopes that the Memorandum of Understanding signed today will encourage many countries to complete a similar transition.

“E-certificates are merely the tip of the iceberg. The certificates as such are only the beginning. The next step will be for the authorities to exchange and inspect certificates via the databases of one another rather than to do so on board the ships," says Nordseth. This will drastically reduce the time spent by Port State Control officers checking documents on board ships in ports all over the world, he says.

The Danish Maritime Authority made world news when it announced in June last year that from then on Danish ships were no longer to set to sea with heaps of paper certificates. Today, the Danish Maritime Authority only issues digital certificates.

This E-certificate agreement is said to be the first such game-changer agreement between the maritime authorities of European nations and an Asian country.

Going paperless as much as possible is a modern preoccupation with the industries since it is cost effective and less space consuming. Above all, it is a greener option that does away with reams of papers.


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