New authority provisions! – Naval and offshore document storage
The new circular RSV 17-2020 states clearly that it is permitted for shipowners and offshore companies to keep certificates and any other documentation as electronic documents.
Yet this is old news, because ever since 2008 the Norwegian Maritime Authority has permitted electronic documentation. So RSV-17-2020 is a continuation of the circular issued in 2008 and also RSV 06-2013.
100% electronic or 100% paper
The major news is that all documentation has to kept either electronically or, the old-fashioned way, as paper documents. Maritime and offshore companies are not allowed to combine these two archiving methods. I.e.: 100% paper or 100% electronic.
Furthermore, an alternative backup must be available onboard at all times.