Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), the fast-growing international classification society, has started issuing electronic certificates for all its classed vessels.
Reflecting the increased importance of digital solutions, these e-Certificates are in accordance with International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines and are available on the IRClass website through a secure platform. As a result ship owners, regulators and charterers can have real-time access to the latest class and statutory certificates from anywhere in the world.
The new generation e-Certificates incorporate a digital signature and a unique tracking number for online verification purposes. This allows the user to determine the validity of the certificates and ensure that they have not been falsified or tampered with. IRClass says the authenticity, originality and traceability of the e-Certificates are easily verifiable through the IRClass Verification Portal, with access available for any stakeholder who wishes to confirm the information contained in the e-Certificates. The implementation of IRClass e-Certificates is expected to reduce administrative burdens and document handling costs for ship owners, as well as increasing operational efficiency.
IRClass joint managing director, Vijay Arora, says, “We have started issuing e-Certificates – provided the flag state has approved their use – to all newbuilding vessels on delivery as well as existing vessels on completion of their upcoming renewal survey. As a classification society focused on driving the maritime industry forward, we are looking towards stepping on our digitalisation efforts in various other areas in the near future.”