Joint submission to IMO regarding electronic access to certificates and documents

An International Maritime Organization (IMO) Correspondence Group, co-ordinated by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and consisting of INTERTANKO, The Bahamas, Brazil, Liberia, The Netherlands, Norway, St. Kitts and Nevis, United Kingdom, BIMCO, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), and the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA), has just submitted its final report to the 34th session of IMO's Facilitation Sub-committee (FAL 34).

 

The correspondence group was issued with the following terms of reference:

 

  • identify which certificates might be appropriate for inclusion in online databases;
  • identify the steps leading to online access to certificates and documents required to be carried on board ships;
  • explain each step and determine the associated time frames;
  • comment on the reliability and security of databases regarding online access to information.

 

The report includes the Correspondence Group's findings on:

 

  • Certificates appropriate for inclusion in online databases (See Appendix 1 of the report)
  • Steps leading to on-line access to certificates and documents required to be carried on board ships
  • What information should be provided on-line? 
  • What form should the database take? 
  • Should the database have other functions? 
  • How would the database function? 
  • Who would be responsible for providing, maintaining and updating the information in the database? 
  • How to ensure accuracy of information
  • Who would have access to the information? 
  • What further steps may be required
  • The reliability and security of databases on online access to information  

The full report may be accessed here.

 

Contact: Howard Snaith