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Digital Seafarer Certificates issued by The Netherlands

From the 1st of May 2024 the Netherlands started a pilot issuing digital Certificates of Competence (CoC) and digital Certificates of Proficiency (COP) for Tankers to Dutch seafarers. The certificates meet the requirements of the FAL.5/Circ.39 (guidelines for the use of electronic certificates).

The electronic certificates are legally recognized and hold the same value as traditional paper-based documents. They are encrypted and secured with advanced digital signatures, based on the ISO 18013-5 ensuring their authenticity and integrity. The administration has implemented a user-friendly platform that allows for easy application and retrieval of these certificates.

The certificates contain a green background on the top with the logo of the “Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport”. On the details page, a logo and the name of the issuing authority “Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport)” is included.

The digital Certificate is issued to an app on a smartphone called the "Kiwa eWallet". Enforcement officers can download the same app and check the seafarer's document by scanning QR code presented by the seafarer. Also, an enforcer can use any other compatible ISO18013-5 app that supports the defined DocType (more information can be found in the description of the pilot).

Download here the “To whom it may concern letter” from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
For more information regarding the platform that was used for this pilot, please visit the Kiwa site. If you have any questions regarding the use of the app, please visit our FAQ.

More information about the pilot, including scope and technical information can be found in the pilot description. You can also contact

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Kiwa eWallet screen example