OSLO: In a historic first for the ship classification industry, DNV GL has commenced the roll out of IMO compliant electronic class and statutory certificates across its entire fleet. 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.
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 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,” says Morten Nygaard, Fleet Manager, Teekay Offshore, owners of one of the vessels used in the pilot projects. Teekay Offshore is also looking to move their fleet to electronic class and statutory certificates as soon as possible: “It is our intention to benefit from the new regime within the shortest possible time frames,” he added.