International shipping ready to ditch the fax

The IMO has sent a clear signal that port state control, vetting companies and other industry players should accept the new e-certificates on par with paper certificates.

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Paper and fax machines remain important ingredients in a big part of international shipping, but several years' efforts to bring shipping into the electronic age mean that this new era is getting gradually closer, according to the Danish Maritime Authority.

The IMO's so-called facilitation committee decided on Friday to make it easier to use electronic certificates going forward, as the committee adopted a set of updated guidelines for the use of e-certificates.

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