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Singapore, Denmark, Norway sign MOU to cut administrative burdens in shipping

By Syarafana Shafeeq

THE Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Singapore Maritime Week on Monday to promote the adoption of E-Certificates (E-Certs) for the shipping community.

This is understood to be the first MOU between the maritime authorities of European nations and an Asian country that promotes the acceptance and use of E-Certs over the conventional hard copy documents practised by the shipping community.

The MOU was signed by Andreas Nordseth, director general of the DMA; Andrew Tan, chief executive of the MPA; and Tormod Endresen, Norwegian ambassador to Singapore, on behalf of the NMA.

The areas of cooperation under the MOU include the promotion and use of 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.

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Converting the hardcopy certificates to E-Certs is part of the digitalisation movement to reduce administrative burdens in the shipping industry.

"Through such initiatives as e-certification, Singapore seeks to harness the growing importance of information and communications technology to prepare the maritime sector for a digital future," said Mr Tan.