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 180 technical documents freely available for download.

Documents in the Rules and Rule Notes category 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.

Publications marked 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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  • NR656 - Power generation units (Edition November 2018)
  • NR546 - Hull in composite materials and plywood, material approval, design principles, construction and survey (Edition November 2018)
  • NR600 - Hull structure and arrangement for the classification of cargo ships less than 65m and non-cargo ships less than 90m (Edition November 2018)
  • NI648 - Container lashing assessment (Edition October 2018)
  • NI653 - Risk-based structural integrity management for topside structures (Edition October 2018)
  • NR528 - Green passport (Edition October 2018)
  • NR625 - Structural rules for container ships (Edition October 2018)

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