As the ferry market continues to grow, vessels of all sizes must comply with safety and environmental protection standards, while improving passenger experience and optimizing cargo operation.

Green support and design safety for ferries

Your Needs

Many shipyards that have traditionally been involved in ferry building have full order books. Consequently, owners have started to order ships in other yards.  

Energy efficiency and improved environmental performance have become top priorities, in order to reduce operational costs and meet stricter environmental regulations.  This drive for compliance, combined with a desire to optimize cargo space, reduce energy consumption and improve passenger experience through innovation, has led to unconventional ship designs, which require plan approval.    

How we support you

Bureau Veritas has a long history of working with shipyards and vessel owners worldwide. As a market leader in LNG-fueled Roll On/Roll Off passenger ships, our engineers can provide vessel assessments, design approval, and retrofitting expertise.  

Blue Star Ferries - Classed by Bureau Veritas


A leader in classification, Bureau Veritas’ Rules cover ferries of all kind. Our expertise covers large and small ferries, double-ended ferries, roll on/roll off ferries, and luxury cruise ferries. We are a proud member of the INTERFERRY association.

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Bureau Veritas offers notations for dangerous cargo, aided by our state-of-the-art assessment software, Veristar Dangerous Goods and Bulk. Comfort notations are increasingly popular, especially for luxury cruise ferries. To help clients demonstrate regulatory compliance, Bureau Veritas provides multiple notations, including CLEANSHIP, EU GreenPassport and HVSC.   

Hybrid Ferry - Seaspan classed by  Bureau Veritas


As environmental regulations across Europe and Asia have tightened, vessel owners are increasingly adopting LNG and hybrid/electric propulsion concepts. Bureau Veritas helps shipowners comply with SECA and ECA standards, supporting retrofits of older ships and performing risk assessment studies for LNG propulsion and bunkering operations. We provide adapted class notations such as Batteries, Hybrid and Hybrid-ready-Link.  

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In case of incident, Bureau Veritas’ Emergency Response Services (ERS) provides immediate technical assistance to vessels in distress. We perform rapid damage-stability calculations and structural-integrity assessment services to determine the most effective rescue measures



Photo credits ©Tallink Group, Seaspan Ferries corporation, Blue Star Ferries