Ship classification industry, DNV GL has announced it is rolling out IMO compliant electronic class and statutory certificates across its entire fleet.
The company said the digital certificates will result in significant efficiency gains for ship owners, charterers, regulators and crew. It will also cut down administrative burdens, processing time and document handling costs.
“Over the last several years we have been leveraging digitalization to improve the experience of our classification customers,” says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime.
“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”.
DNV GL said after an onboard survey is completed, certificates will be published on DNV GL’s customer portal 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.
Customers can choose to share access to their certificates with stakeholders (charterers, ports, flag administrations, insurers) by using temporary access codes.
With the temporary code the stakeholder can directly access the customer’s secure certificate folder, bringing the administrative burden on the ship owner down to the absolute minimum.
Fleet Manager, Teekay Offshore, Morten Nygaard said “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”.
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.
DNV GL said while electronic certificates will be deployed through DNV GL’s production system, customers will also utilize the new Smart Survey Booking tool (SSB): A tool designed to help customers find the best time and place to book a survey.
SSB uses smart algorithms and machine learning to identify when the maximum number of survey items can be combined, by assessing the initiation and expiration dates for class surveys, audits and conditions. It estimates the required time the ship needs to be available for the survey/audit as well as the associated travel costing.
Based on all of these factors, SSB can recommend a port of call.
When a customer makes the booking, SSB will also provide a set of survey preparation documents for the crew of the vessel, enabling them to prepare more effectively. - the company said.
45 flag state administrations have already granted DNV GL the authority to issue electronic statutory certificates on their behalf while DNV GL expects the number to increase soon.