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BV Rules

Bureau Veritas develops Rules, Rule Notes and Guidance Notes to benefit our clients, partners, and the marine industry overall. We use the vast experience of our engineers, gained through years of service in the marine industry, combined with advanced research into structure and hydrodynamics, to ensure development of the most relevant and up-to-date Rules.

Bureau Veritas provides a collection of more than 140 technical documents freely available for download.

Rules and Rule Notes are technical publications related to marine units and/or specific equipment for marine and offshore units. These documents detail applicable requirements for certification and classification by Bureau Veritas.

Guidance Notes offer information and technical advice on specific points related to marine units. These documents may not to be considered Rules or Rule Notes for the classification and certification of marine units.

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  • NI662 - Additive manufacturing - Guidelines for certification of product made using wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) process (Edition May 2019)
  • NR542 - Classification of floating gas units (Edition May 2019)
  • NR645 - Rules for the classification of floating storage regasification units and floating storage units (Edition May 2019)
  • NI559 - Guidelines for the use of low sulphur fuel oils (IMO 2020 compliance) (Edition May 2019)
  • NI638 - Guidance for long-term hydro-structure calculations (Edition February 2019)
  • NI657 - Classification scheme under risk based inspection (Edition February 2019)
  • NR445 - Amendments to the Rules for the classification of offshore units (Edition February 2019)
  • NI654 - Guidelines on conversion of ship to LNG as fuel (Edition February 2019)
  • NR217 - Rules for the classification of inland navigation vessels (Edition February 2019)

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