Denmark has launched the world’s first digital ship register to get rid of troublesome paperwork and increase security related to ship registration and ship trading.
The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) made this disclosure on Monday when it rolled out a new digital ship register which it said will ease the workload with faster and more efficient workflows for everyone working with the registration of ships in Denmark.
“The new digital ship register will ease the workload with faster and more efficient workflows for everyone working with registration of ships in Denmark. At the same time, the system contributes with an extra layer of security and control in relation to ship registration,.
“All reports that take place from January 16th, 2023 must therefore be done digitally using MitID in DSRG, unless those who are to sign the digital document cannot obtain MitID, or it is a report that is exempt from the requirement for digital reporting,” the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) said.
There are currently more than 6,000 ships registered in the Danish shipping registers. The registrations of these ships have until now been handled manually.
The changes affect all registration-based reports notified after 15 January 2023.
Confirming the launch, DMA Deputy Director, Niels Peter Fredslund, said, “Digitalization is a focal point for future shipping. The launch of the digital ship register is a significant initiative in this regard. The digital ship register will get rid of manual paperwork and has great potential for streamlining and reducing the administrative burdens for shipping companies in ship registration and ship trading.”