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Oil Tankers & Chemical Tankers

Safety and structural integrity for oil tankers and chemical tankers is a prerequisite. At Bureau Veritas, we work to protect your crew and the environment.

Tanker safety: Limiting your risk

Crude oil tankers, product tankers and chemical carriers walk the thin line between carrying hazardous, high pollutant cargo, and maintaining a zero-incident approach to shipping. Spills can irrevocably damage a company’s reputation, as environmental awareness and regulation increases.
Loss of life, cargo, and entire vessels are all potential consequences of poorly regulated ships. With many older vessels being decommissioned, it is vital that companies prioritize the design of safe ships, built and operated to the appropriate standards.       

How we support you

Our expertise in oil tankers and chemical tankers has evolved over 130 years, since we classed Glückauf, the first-ever tanker in 1866. Our technical knowledge, regulatory insight, and continuous support make us a natural partner for owners seeking safety and reliability.

Bureau Veritas Surveyor in the Ship Yard


Bureau Veritas maintains a strong presence in China and South Korea, the home of oil and chemical tanker construction. Our familiarity with these markets, and the related technological innovations, allow us to work on tanker constructions around the world. We class a wide range of vessels, from Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC), Suezmax and Aframax oil tankers, LR and MR product tankers to chemical tankers and asphalt carriers. 

Read our Oil & Chemical Tankers Brochure 

LNG as Fuel for Tankers - Ternsund

LNG as fuel for tankers

A viable solution for complying with strict environmental regulations is to use natural gas as fuel, today a cost-effective move that anticipates further legislation. Bureau Veritas offers dedicated Rules relating to LNG propulsion and is the leading classification society in LNG-fueled chemical tankers, a market driven by North European owners.


Chemical Tankers - Ship Classification - Chemical Transportation


Veristar Chemicals is an internal tool that allows Bureau Veritas experts to easily develop comprehensive lists of transportable and non-transportable chemical products in bulk. With this information, Bureau Veritas can help ensure vessel compliance with the IBC Code and define features for newbuilds.

Condition Assessment Program - Oil & chemical Tankers Classification Services


Ships for charter are often asked to provide condition assessment surveys as well as class certificates. Bureau Veritas’ worldwide network of surveyors offers clear, thorough reports demonstrating a vessel’s seaworthiness.

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Arctic projects - Oil & Chemical Tankers in Arctic


Polar capability is growing as oil majors develop Arctic projects. Bureau Veritas supports the design, construction, and operation of ships destined for the Arctic circle with dedicated Polar, Ice class and winterization notations.


Bureau Veritas, Leader in the classifications of Asphalt Carriers

Leader in Asphalt transportation

Bureau Veritas’ experience and specialist knowledge make us the classification society of choice for Asphalt carriers, both with structural tanks and independent cargo tanks.

Read our brochure on Asphalt Carriers

ERS - Emergency Response Service Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore


In case of incident, Bureau Veritas emergency response teams will be on site within two hours. We also have significant experience removing damaged vessels to shore and mitigating pollution of the waters.


Technological advancements such as intelligent data and real-time, connected equipment have also presented new challenges for shipping. Digitalization means that tanker managers and owners must protect their fleets from cyber-attacks. As such attacks grow in number and sophistication, cyber security must become a priority for shipping industry actors.

Bureau Veritas knows that cyber security is essential to safety management in shipping and offshore operations. For this reason, we have built on our deep knowledge of industrial control systems, smart ships, networks and telecommunications to provide best-in-class cyber security services:

  • A global network of cybersecurity experts provides secure ship designs and efficient testing
  • Cyber compliance, detailed notations and practical guidelines for both ships in service and newbuilds
  • Industry-leading regulation compliance for BIMCO, Flag administration, IMO, IACS, OCIMF, and more
+1,200 Bureau Veritas classed ships in service
67% Percentage of LNG fueled oil/chemical tanker fleet in service classed by Bureau Veritas
17% Percentage of asphalt carrier fleet in service classed by Bureau Veritas