Electronic certificates for vessels

  • Published: 30/01/2023

The Norwegian Maritime Directorate is now expanding the scheme for electronic certificates with several types of vessel certificates: This will be a gradual expansion, but in the long term all vessel certificates will be in electronic format, as CLB certificates, CLC certificates and PLR certificates have already been for some years.

The electronic certificates are published on our web portal “My Vessels”. The vessel's list of valid certificates will include a PDF file next to the electronic certificates.

Digitally signed electronic documents are both safe and easy to share with charterers, ports, flag administrations and other stakeholders. The documents are protected against tampering and carry a digital signature. Each document will be granted a unique tracking number (UTN) to verify validity and authenticity. The validity and authenticity of a document may be verified by using an online verification service at verify.sdir.no by entering the UTN, vessel name or IMO number.

Electronic documents are becoming easier, more secure and more common in all industries. The process of managing, sharing, storing and verifying the authenticity of certificates is easy and secure by using the NMA's verification web page.

It is recommended that a user account be created on “My Vessels” with read access to one of the ship's e-mail addresses, such an e-mail account can be used without a bank ID.

It is possible to download a PDF copy of the certificate so that they can be presented without an internet connection.

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