ClassNK starts issuing e-certificates

ClassNK starts issuing e-certificates

Japan’s ClassNK will commence operation of the world’s first comprehensive electronic certificate service for classification and statutory certificates from this Thursday. The service, ClassNK e-Certificate, will first be made available to Liberian-flagged vessels on the ClassNK register exclusively.

“ClassNK e-Certificate is the result of an innovative project aimed at reducing the workload on board and at shore by minimizing potential clerical errors and time-loss associated with paper burden,” the class society said in a release today.

Tetsuya Hayashi, director of ClassNK’s survey operations division, said: “With the successful completion of operational trials, and authorisation from the Liberian Registry, ClassNK has become the world’s first classification society to provide a comprehensive system for electronic certificates. We plan to expand the availability of this innovative service to even more vessels on our register in the near future in order to meet the growing needs of the industry.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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