From 1st December 2020 PRS issues electronic documents for ships classified by our society. In the first step a new service covers certificates for sea-going vessels and small sea-going ships.

Implementation of modern, more convenient and safer, in the current state, solution enable to receive classification and statutory documents in an electronic version. So far, all certificates issued by PRS, in order to be valid, had to be prepared in a paper version.

Certificates issued in electronic form are equivalent to existing paper documents. E-certificates contain all data from the previous paper versions, including their authorization by PRS, and their possession does not require additional storage of paper certificates.

Benefits for ship owners and ship operators of having electronic certificates:

  • they are easily and always available,
  • they are safer than paper documents,
  • there is no risk of their loss or misplace,
  • issued certificates are available immediately, without the need to wait for a paper delivery,
  • their validity and authenticity can be verified at any time,
  • they reduce costs of documentation administration.

We issue e-certificates at the request of the shipowner/ship operator. Please send an Application for an electronic certificates to the Sea-Going Ships Survey Department at

Attention! The possibility of issuing electronic documents depends on whether such kind of documents are accepted by the administration of the flag state under which the ship flies. PRS checks this possibility before issuing the documents.

We encourage our clients to switching to convenient electronic documents.

More information about electronic documents can be obtained directly from Sea-going Ships Survey Department at

Search engine for e-certificates

Together with e-certificates we are launching a search engine for electronic documents issued for ships under the supervision of our classification society on our website: The search engine allows to check the status of e-certificates issued by PRS. It enables to verify whether the document is valid, cancelled or whether it was issued by PRS at all.