Bulk Carriers

Bulk carriers

Bulk carriers are being built ever-larger, making structural integrity, environmental compliance and efficiency top priorities for ship owners and operators. 

Structural integrity experts, available worldwide

Your Needs

Bulk carriers are among the most put-upon vessels on the seas. With their increased size and load-bearing ability, structural integrity is key to longevity for modern vessels, including Kamsarmaxes, Newcastlemaxes and Valemaxes. Carrying bulk cargo can pose significant risks to a vessel, due to cargo shifting, corrosive properties or liquefaction, and/or poor loading procedures. Shipowners are also seeking eco-friendly designs that improve energy efficiency and fuel performance while complying with regulations.

How we support you

Bureau Veritas is a leading classification society for bulk carriers. Our longstanding experience and worldwide presence enable us to support your compliance with international safety standards for both new buildings and bulk carriers in-service.

Support where you need it

Bureau Veritas maintains an extensive network of engineers, surveyors, and classification experts around the world, available wherever your vessel requires. Our riding surveys bring a surveyor onboard during a voyage, enabling you to cut time spent in port.

Tools Bulk Carriers - Software


Bureau Veritas’ top-rated software addresses structural issues from a vessel’s first design to its final voyage. Our Veristar Hull  technology builds a 3D finite element model of your vessel, and our MARS software assesses the scantlings and critical members along the length of a ship, detecting fatigue at the earliest possible stage. 

Eco Bulker


Eco-bulk carriers are growing in popularity as owners seek to minimize fuel consumption. Our state-of-the-art proprietary tools enable us to evaluate and optimize your vessel’s hull, appendages, and energy saving devices, along with the vessel’s energy model.

Risk of liquefaction - Port


Bureau Veritas has developed specific documentation and tools to comply with IMSBC guidelines regarding bulk cargo liquefaction. These standards and operational procedures  help prevent cargo loss and structural damage due to chemical hazards. Bureau Veritas can assess and certify your vessel, ensuring your cargo arrives safely.     

Verifuel - A Bureau Veritas Company


Backed by Bureau Veritas’ global network of oil and petrochemicals testing laboratories, Verifuel’s comprehensive monitoring program provides an evaluation of residual and distillate fuel quality. Bureau Veritas can then issue expert opinions on fuel management, ensuring your vessel’s compliance with current and future regulations and improving fuel efficiency.

Courtesy of D.R - TMC Marine


In case of incident, Bureau Veritas’ subsidiary TMC Marine has considerable experience with marine salvage and wreck removal operations. Our tracking systems and fast intervention help us salvage vessels quickly and cleanly, mitigating environmental damage and cargo loss.

VeriFuel: Bureau Veritas marine fuel services