RINA proves digitalisation extension

RINA and the EMSA have completed a pilot project to extend the THETIS system Photo: RINARINA and the EMSA have completed a pilot project to extend the THETIS system Photo: RINA

RINA and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) have successfully completed a pilot project to test the extension of the data exchange capability of the THETIS system.

Recognised Organisations at EU level are required to enter data about a ship’s certification process, such as the location and date of inspections, the type of certificate issued, its date of issue and expiry. This tested new feature adds in much more technical data, including linking the full e-certificate into THETIS.

“I would like to thank RINA for joining EMSA in this pilot project,” commented Maja Markovčić Kostelac, executive director of EMSA. “Digitalisation and ultimately simplification of maritime transport is one of our strategic goals in line with the Union priority of ‘A Europe fit for the digital age’ and e-Certification is an important milestone in this process.”

As a result of the successfully completed project, the new feature is now in production and THETIS is able to process hundreds of pieces of data from the International Oil Pollution Prevention certificate and its supplement, including those relevant to the geometry of the ship, and is ready to extend this capability to other ship’s certificates.

The advantage for users is that the status of the certificate can immediately be verified. Each e-certificate will be allocated a unique tracking number enabling port state control officers to check the validity of e-certificates prior to boarding a vessel and take the necessary actions should those certificates be expired or invalid.

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