Reports by amongst others the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) show that the global, economic and social effects of counterfeiting and piracy risks billions of US dollars and up to 2.5 million jobs, each year. The falsification and forgery of documents falls into the same category as fake products, clothes, watches, medicine, bogus aviation and automobile parts, and can lead to clandestine employment.
By comparing the documents of competence presented by a candidate against registries at/or issued by the original issuing authority or institution, Check-iT will issue a letter of verification as to the authenticity of such documents. In the event that a document cannot be verified, Check-iT will issue a statement accordingly.
The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certificates and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW) and the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) International Safety Management (ISM) codes are the governing legislative bodies and documents for issuing maritime certificates, as well as company training requirements. The risk of personnel not having the required certificates and competences as directed, poses a serious threat to the safety and security of humans, operations and the environment. The scale of fraudulent documentation is difficult to assess, but one IMO article estimates that potentially 15% are falsified in some way.