Denmark Launches Digital Certificates For Seafarers

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has launched a pilot project on digital certificates for seafarers.

The project, according to a notice released by the DMA last week, is being undertaken aboard the 190,326 dwt containership Mumbai Maersk, which is scheduled to sail from Denmark’s Port of Aarhus for destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia with crew certificates that are entirely digital instead of traditional paper certificates.

“This is simpler, faster and safer for seafarers, shipping companies and authorities,” DMA said.

During the voyage, the 2018-built ship will call ports in Germany, Morocco, Singapore, China and South Korea, where it will collect data and knowledge about the use of digital certificates for seafarers, particularly in connection with Port State Control.

“The pilot project aims to explore the advantages of digital certificates and hopefully pave the way for global acceptance and utilization,” the authority said.