The norwegian maritime authority (nma) extends statutory inspections and prolongs certificates

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (The “NMA“) announced Thursday the extension of the deadline for approval or renewal of certificates for ships registered in NOR (Norwegian Ship Register) or NIS (Norwegian International Ship Register)

The background is the coronavirus-outbrak, where travel restrictions from governments and companies themselves have caused difficulties with providing inspectors when needed. Furthermore, there is reported limited access to access at shipyards, so vessels cannot carry out booked and planned inspections/surveys which require dry-dock. The NMA considers the virus and subsequent actions to constitute a force majeure event.

The NMA states that, first and foremost, all reasonable steps should be taken to ensure that certificates are valid, that inspections are carried out, and that the ships are operating according to all applicable regulations. The NMA has nevertheless decided to grant a three-month extension/renewal for certificates expiring before June 12, 2020, without the need of approval from the NMA. The class societies are given authority to extend the certificates accordingly.

The NMA’s decision means that if a certificate expires on May 15, 2020, a three-month extension will be granted. The certificate will expire on August 15, 2020.

The Norwegian Maritime Authority’s technical note shall be available on board, in case of port state control. A printer-friendly version can be found here

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Kvale sees The Norwegian Maritime Authority’s decision as sensible and an important contribution to keep vessels operational and sailing. Kvale regularly assists clients with questions related to the coronavirus.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions related to the above, or would like assistance with other issues related to the virus outbreak.