Fishing vessels

Fishing vessels

With fishing vessels built to national regulations, Bureau Veritas offers a flexible approach to classification, allowing us to work with flag administrations worldwide.  

Expert Classification for a Decentralized Market

The lack of standardized international regulations for fishing vessels makes it crucial for ship owners and operators to choose a classification society with knowledge of local regulations. For new construction projects, vessel owners seek design review and approval from experienced surveyors familiar with all stages of the construction process. Fishing vessels are built and operated worldwide, which makes convenient, global access to surveyors and classification experts a top priority.

With significant experience around Europe, and accounting for 95% of the market in Spain, Bureau Veritas is an expert in the classification of fishing vessels of all types.

Dedicated Rules for fishing vessels

There are currently no international regulations for fishing vessels that include all disciplines (stability, structure, machinery, etc.). Bureau Veritas does have dedicated Rules covering both conventional fishing vessels and tuna fishing vessels, which comply with EU regulations and the Torremolinos Convention. Bureau Veritas is a trusted partner of multiple flag administrations, and we can adapt our classification approach to comply with national regulations.

Design approval and yard survey for new construction

Bureau Veritas covers all phases of design and construction for new fishing vessel projects. Our expert engineers and surveyors approve drawings, conduct in-yard surveys, handle equipment installation, and perform life extension work on older vessels.  

Onboard refrigeration

For fishing vessels, properly functioning refrigeration technology is indispensable to keeping the day’s catch cold. Bureau Veritas offers several service notations that cover a variety of refrigeration units (i.e., installations using ammonia). We help you preserve the value of your haul, inspecting refrigeration systems to ensure your catch remains fresh until your vessel returns to port.

Ship Dismantling and Rebuilding

Depending on local rules, a new construction project may need to be accomplished in conjunction with the dismantling of another vessel. Bureau Veritas provides support for dismantling older vessels and repurposing the material for use in new construction.  

Extensive Network of Surveyors

Bureau Veritas has decades of experience classing fishing vessels, and our extensive network of highly qualified surveyors is available to review vessels worldwide. We offer an in-depth, up-close approach to vessel evaluation, with surveyors located in most of the world’s major ports.