Pilot Area 3

Online Ship and Crew Certificates

The third TOOP pilot area – Online Ship and Crew Certificates – addresses the need for simplification in the area of ship and crew certificates, which are currently issued and maintained in paper format and stored by national Maritime Administrations.

TOOP aims at connecting the databases of national Maritime Authorities and to make the information available to authorised parties, as well as providing a possibility of online certificates, which will substitute paper-based or electronically-signed certificates that have to be carried on board. Once TOOP is implemented, the flag state's Maritime Authority will be able to issue the online ship or crew certificates, while all other interested parties, such as port authorities, police and border guard, will be able to view and check the online certificates.