The MoU is the commitment by the three maritime authorities to promote the acceptance and use of E-Certs in place of the traditional hard copy documents that the shipping community currently uses.

The MOU was signed by Mr Andreas Nordseth, Director General of DMA, Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA and His Excellency Tormod C. Endresen, Norwegian Ambassador to Singapore on behalf of the NMA during the Singapore Maritime Week, Monday. The areas of cooperation under the MOU include the promotion and use of Electronic Certificates (E-Certs) on ships registered under the respective flags of the parties, the acceptance of E-Certs for port entry and Port State Control inspections, as well as the sharing of information and experiences relating to issuance, use and acceptance of E-Certs.

And it`s not random why Norwegian Maritime Authority choose to partner the Danish and Singaporean authorities on this initiative.

-The Norwegian Maritime Authority has a longstanding cooperation with the DMA. A pilot project on e-Certs for ferries in international routes between Norway and Denmark has been a success and paved the way for a cooperation on the MoU. With Singapore as a major international quality register on board, we consider the MoU to have a significant impact on how e-Certs will be implemented in the future, says Director General of Shipping and Navigation Mr Olav Akselsen.