The Paris MOU issued Guidelines for the use of electronic certificates in an effort to regularize the use of such certificates by ships and the recognition of such certificates by port state control officers.
Signed paper certificates issued by flag States and recognized organizations authorized to act on their behalf have been the traditional means of documenting compliance with IMO requirements. Flag States using electronic certificates, including printed versions of electronic certificates have experienced instances of Port State Control authorities denying the validity of these certificates, resulting in a burden to the master and crew, ship owner or operator, Port State Control authorities, Administration, and other stakeholders.
In addition, ships have experienced instances of Port State Control actions because a traditional paper certificate has been issued but has not arrived on the ship, or the traditional paper certificate has been damaged or lost. Establishing a recognized set of features for using electronic certificates should help alleviate problems inherent in reliance on paper. In order to facilitate the use and acceptance of electronic certificates the IMO Facilitation Committee has approved guidelines for the use of electronic certificates.
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Source: Paris MOU