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Container ships

Container ship sizes have increased dramatically as owners and operators seek efficiency. Bureau Veritas helps you meet the specific challenges associated with ultra-large box ships.

STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY FOR ULTRA-LARGE BOX SHIPS


World trade is reliant on safe, efficient container ships. Clients of container shipping companies want a fast, competitive service: container shipping lines and owners seek to lower costs and comply with environmental regulations. To achieve these aims, owners are ordering ever-larger ships exploring clean fuel solutions: but these evolutions present major technical and safety challenges.
 

HOW WE SUPPORT YOU

Bureau Veritas’ Rules for containerships are among the most up-to-date in the industry, designed to help you optimize cargo capacity and gain operational flexibility. Our presence in key shipbuilding locations and ports supports your vessel’s safety.

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LEADING CLASSIFICATION OF ULTRA-LARGE SHIPS 

Today’s largest box ships are over 20,000 TEU, posing major technical challenges. Bureau Veritas’ Rules for containerships are based on extensive research into the physics and engineering requirements of large ships. They aim to help owners achieve greater flexibility in loading containers, while maintaining structural strength and safety.

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LNG


PIONEERS IN LNG AS FUEL 

Bureau Veritas is playing a central role in the adoption of LNG as fuel in container shipping. To support the development of the first LNG-fueled large containerships, we addressed risks relating to sloshing and bunkering in our Rules, also working with terminal and port authorities to understand their concerns. In addition we offer a GAS-PREPARED notation to help owners future-proof their ships for environmental compliance.

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OPTIMIZING CARGO LOADING 

Our structural research and development has led to a strong understanding of cargo capacity. The result is our container lashing software VeriSTAR Lashing 3.0, which enables greater flexibility in container loading, including safe loading of heavier containers higher in a stack.

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IMPROVING STRUCTURAL SAFETY 

We support owners from design stage in addressing hull girder strength and fatigue issues related to hydroelasticity.  Large box ship owners benefit from our WHISP additional service features, based on our expertise in whipping and springing calculations and supported by our industry-leading software tools.

Fire safety



ADDRESSING FIRE SAFETY 

Fire safety is a particular challenge for ultra-large containerships. Bureau Veritas offers a range of services for fire safety ranging from Alternative Designs, to certifications for health and safety management onboard.

ESA



PREVENTING DAMAGE WITH ESA 
 

The flexible hull of ultra-large containerships in comparison to their stiff shaft line may lead to costly damages of the shafting system during operation. Our Elastic Shaft Alignment Notation (ESA) aims to prevent damage to your vessel.

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