ABS announced the launch of e-Certificates.
Continuously available, tamper-proof, independently verifiable
and secure digital equivalents of traditional ABS paper
certificates, e-Certificates are now available to ABS' entire
classed-fleet, subject to individual Flag Administrations'
authorization. Traditional paper certificates are always still
"E-Certificates are the latest product from ABS' FutureClass
program. Defining the future of class focuses on the utilization
of data and digital technology to deliver benefits for our
clients," said ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J.
Wiernicki. "ABS' e-Certificates are a perfect example of how we
strive to add value and operating efficiencies for our
Uniquely, ABS' e-Certificate system allows a simultaneous,
vessel-wide view of all applicable certificates, rather than
requiring the user to look up each certificate individually.
Fully compliant with IMO Guidelines, ABS e-Certificates will
reduce administrative burdens, cut onboard clutter, and simplify
port State, flag State and third-party validation. Digital
protection, the unique tracking number and electronic signatures
and endorsements of e-Certificates, are provided by Adobe ES4.
Authenticity is independently confirmed via the ABS verification
ABS e-Certificates deliver significantly enhanced productivity
for our clients by reducing processing time and document handling
costs," said ABS Chief Digital Officer, Howard Fireman. "As an
organization currently providing digital plan and calculation
review, the move to electronic certificates is a natural next
E-Certificates are available via the ABS online secure database,
so clients can access the latest certificates from anywhere in
the world. While e-Certificates may be electronically stored
locally or printed as needed, these copies should be used for
reference purposes only. The e-Certificate in its digital form is
the vessel's valid certificate.
The authenticity, originality and traceability of the
e-Certificates are easily verifiable through the ABS Validation
Portal, available for any third parties that need to confirm the
information contained in the e-Certificates.