[Watch] Lloyd’s Register Rolls Out IMO Approved E-Certificates

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  • Lloyd’s Register rolls out electronic certificates (eCerts).
  • They will be used for new and existing vessels across the fleet on a phased basis.
  • Different Flag states will now start using LR eCerts.
  • LR will be issuing electronic certificates in accordance with the IMO Facilitation Committee (FAL).

According to an article published in the Digital Ship, Lloyd’s Register’s electronic certificates (eCerts) capability is being rolled out for new and existing vessels across the fleet on a phased basis.

eCerts issued by LR

LR has been issuing eCerts for newly issued Panama Flag certificates and records since November 2019. Different Flag states will now start using LR eCerts as follows:

From late August 2020: Singapore, Denmark, and the Netherlands, followed quickly by the Marshall Islands

From September 2020 onwards: Other Flags to be added and released in batches

IMO recognition

While ships may carry both electronically signed and paper certificates, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has recognized the need for a set of standards regarding the use of electronic certificates.

LR will be issuing electronic certificates in accordance with the IMO Facilitation Committee (FAL) and its approved Guidelines for the Use of Electronic Certificates (IMO Circular FAL.5/Circ.39/Rev.2).

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Source: The Digital Ship

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