Rule notes and Guidance notes

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Main rules

Reference Title Edition

NR467

Rules for the classification of steel ships

Jul 2019

NR216

Rules on materials and welding for the classification of marine units

Jul 2019

NR445

Rules for the classification of offshore units

Feb 2019

NR217

Rules for the classification of inland navigation vessels

Feb 2019

NR483

Rules for the classification of naval ships

Jun 2017

NR500

Rules for the classification and the certification of yachts

Jan 2016

Other rules and rule notes

NR193

Scantlings of spars and standing rigging for sailing pleasure boats

Oct 1984

NR205

Certification of well control equipment

Oct 1986

NR206

Classification of wind propulsion plants onboard ships

Nov 1987

NR266

Requirements for survey of materials and equipment for the classification of ships and offshore units

Jun 2019

NR320

Certification scheme of materials and equipment for the classification of marine units

Jul 2018

NR387

Rules for the classification and certification of fish farms

Jan 1994

NR396

Rules for the classification of high-speed craft

Feb 2002

NR426

Construction survey of steel structures of offshore units and installations

May 2006

NR459

Process systems onboard offshore units and installations

Jul 2015

NR475

Floating dock

Oct 2001

NR476

Approval testing of welders

Jan 2018

NR480

Approval of the manufacturing process of metallic materials

Jul 2019

NR490

Rules for the classification of crew boats

Jan 2018

NR493

Classification of mooring systems for permanent offshore units

Dec 2015

NR494

Rules for the classification of offshore loading and offloading buoys

May 2006

NR515

Fatigue of longitudinal connections under shear mode

Nov 2004

NR517

Classification of compressed natural gas carriers

Apr 2007

NR526

Rules for the classification of lifting appliances onboard ships and offshore units

Sep 2017

NR527

Rules for the classification of ships operating in polar waters and icebreakers

Jan 2017

NR528

Green passport

Oct 2018

NR529

Gas-fuelled ships

Jan 2017

NR530

Coating performance standard

Jul 2013

NR533

Approval of service suppliers

Jul 2018

NR534

Rules for the classification of self-elevating units - jack-ups and liftboats

Dec 2016

NR535

Rules for the classification of naval submarines

Sep 2016

NR540

Kick-off meeting templates for newbuilding

Apr 2016

NR542

Classification of floating gas units

May 2019

NR544

Equipment and materials certification - Requirements for the classification of inland navigation vessels/units

Apr 2015

NR546

Hull in composite materials and plywood, material approval, design principles, construction and survey

Nov 2018

NR551

Structural analysis of offshore surface units through full-length finite element models

Apr 2010

NR552

Additional class notations Fatigue PLUS for oil tanker CSR

Nov 2009

NR553

Fast oil recovery system (FORS)

Jan 2010

NR556

Emergency response service (ERS)

Jan 2010

NR557

High-voltage shore connection system

Jan 2010

NR561

Hull in aluminium alloys, design principles, construction and survey

Dec 2017

NR562

Requirements for Survey of Materials and Equipment for the Classification of Naval Submarines

Jan 2018

NR566

Hull arrangement, stability and systems for ships less than 500 GT

Jul 2018

NR568

Classification of offshore units - Risk based approach

Jul 2011

NR569

Classification for drilling ships

Jan 2016

NR570

Classification for drilling equipment

Apr 2013

NR571

Classification of column stabilized units

Dec 2016

NR578

Rules for the classification of tension leg platforms (TLP)

Jul 2012

NR580

Rules for the classification of floating establishments

Sep 2012

NR583

Whipping and springing assessment

Jul 2015

NR584

Propulsors in ice

Jul 2012

NR586

Additional class notation SEEMP (Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan)

Jul 2012

NR588

Offshore oil offloading - Transfer arms

Nov 2012

NR589

Wind Farms Service Ships

Dec 2018

NR592

Elastic Shaft Alignment (ESA)

Apr 2015

NR595

Classification of offshore handing systems (OHS)

Aug 2014

NR597

Requirements for thickness measurements applicable to inland navigation vessels

Jan 2017

NR598

Implementation of safe return to port and orderly evacuation

Jan 2016

NR600

Hull structure and arrangement for the classification of cargo ships less than 65m and non-cargo ships less than 90m

Nov 2018

NR606

Common structural rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers

Jan 2018

NR608

Classification of lifting units (only applicable to offshore units)

Jan 2015

NR609

Classification of diving support units (only applicable to offshore units)

Jan 2017

NR610

Rules for the classification of diving systems

Dec 2018

NR612

Rules for the classification of harbor equipment

Nov 2015

NR614

Underwater Radiated Noise (URN)

Jul 2018

NR616

Ice load monitoring system (MON-ICE)

Jan 2015

NR620

LNG Bunkering Ship

Oct 2015

NR622

Structural assessment of independent tanks and supports for asphalt carriers

Jan 2017

NR625

Structural rules for container ships

Jul 2019

NR626

Anchor windlass

Jul 2018

NR632

Hardware-in-the-loop testing

Jan 2016

NR633

SYS-NEQ-OSV

Mar 2016

NR636

Comfort and health onboard offshore units

Dec 2016

NR642

Cybersecurity requirements for products to be installed on-board naval ships

Jul 2018

NR645

Rules for the classification of floating storage regasification units and floating storage units

May 2019

NR656

Power generation units

Nov 2018

NR659

Rules on cyber security for the classification of marine units

Dec 2018

NR667

Parametric roll assessment

Jul 2019

Guidance notes

NI202

Bollard pull measurement and certification

1985

NI364

Non-bonded flexible steel pipes used as flow-lines

1990

NI388

Safety of ro-ro passenger and cruise ships

Jan 2018

NI409

Guidelines for corrosion protection of seawater ballast tanks and hold spaces

1995

NI422

Type approval of non-destructive testing equipment dedicated to underwater inspection of offshore structures

Feb 1998

NI423

Corrosion protection of steel offshore units and installation

May 2006

NI429

Guidelines for the preparation of the cargo securing manual

Apr 2004

NI432

Certification of fibre ropes for deepwater offshore services

Dec 2018

NI465

Condition assessment programme (CAP)

May 2015

NI516

Health onboard manual

Sep 2006

NI524

Classification and certification of high integrity protection system (HIPS)

Nov 2006

NI525

Risk-based qualification of new technology - Methodological guidelines

Dec 2010

NI537

Guidelines for the design of the means of access for inspection, maintenance and operation of commercial ships

Apr 2008

NI538

Ballast water management systems

Nov 2011

NI543

Ice reinforcement selection in different world navigation areas

Sep 2013

NI545

Guidance for the lay-up and reactivation of ships

Feb 2018

NI547

Guidelines for fuel cell systems onboard commercial ships

Apr 2009

NI554

Design sloshing loads for LNG membrane tanks

May 2011

NI559

Guidelines for the use of low sulphur fuel oils (IMO 2020 compliance)

May 2019

NI560

Guidelines on alternative design and arrangements of life-saving appliances

May 2010

NI563

Standard for quality management system of seafarer manning offices

Oct 2013

NI564

Strength assessment of LNG membrane tanks under sloshing loads

May 2011

NI565

Ice characteristics and ice/structure  interactions

Sep 2010

NI567

Risk-based verification of floating offshore units

Oct 2010

NI572

Classification and certification of floating offshore wind turbines

Jan 2019

NI575

Condition assessment programme for inland navigation vessels - CAP inland

Jul 2012

NI577

Habitability - Design and construction of crew accommodation in respect of the Title 3 of Maritime Labour Convention 2006

Jan 2017

NI582

Condition assessment programme for yachts

Sep 2011

NI590

Rudders in composite materials

Sep 2013

NI593

Ship conversion into offshore units - Redeployment and life extension of offshore units

Nov 2017

NI594

Design and construction of offshore concrete structures

Feb 2017

NI596

EU RO Mutual recognition - Terms and conditions - Procedure for type approval - Technical requirements

Jan 2018

NI601

Tanker plus - Inland navigation vessels

Feb 2013

NI603

Current and tidal turbines

May 2015

NI604

Fatigue of top chain of mooring lines due to in-plane and out-of-plane bendings

Oct 2014

NI605

Geotechnical and foundation design

Aug 2014

NI607

Guidelines for corrosion protection applicable to inland navigation vessels

Oct 2013

NI611

Guidelines for fatigue assessment of steel ships and offshore units

Sep 2016

NI613

Adhesive joints and patch repair

May 2015

NI615

Buckling assessment of plated structures

Jul 2018

NI617

Recommendations for life-saving appliances, radio installations and navigation equipment for tugs of less than 500 GT

Jan 2018

NI618

Guidelines on LNG bunkering

Jul 2014

NI621

Guidelines for moonpool assessment

Jan 2016

NI623

Condition assessment programme for LNG carriers (LNG CAP) - Annex to NI465

May 2015

NI624

Risk-based structural integrity management of offshore jacket structures

Apr 2017

NI629

Certification of offshore access systems

May 2016

NI631

Certification scheme for Marine Renewable Energy technologies

Nov 2016

NI634

Loading instrument for inland navigation vessels

Jul 2016

NI635

Index on applicable risk analysis for Marine and Offshore

Dec 2017

NI637

Classification and certification of Ocean Thermal Energy Converter (OTEC) - Tentative rules

Jan 2018

NI638

Guidance for Long-term Hydro-structure Calculations

Feb 2019

NI639

Guidelines for the design of ships subject to bulk cargo liquefaction

Dec 2016

NI640

Guidance note for structural assessment of passenger ships and ro-ro passenger ships

Jan 2018

NI641

Guidelines for autonomous shipping

Dec 2017

NI647

LPG-fueled ships (tentative rules)

Jan 2018

NI648

Container Lashing Assessment

Oct 2018

NI649

Guidance for the lay-up and reactivation of DP vessels

Feb 2018

NI650

Guidelines for existing ships operating in polar waters

May 2018

NI653

Risk-based structural integrity management for topside structures

Oct 2018

NI654

Guidelines on conversion to LNG as fuel

Feb 2019

NI655

LNG Carrier Conversion to FSRU or FSU

Jul 2018

NI657

Classification scheme under risk based inspection

Feb 2019

NI658

Type approval of fibres and yarns

Dec 2018

NI662

Additive manufacturing - Guidelines for certification of product made using wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) process

May 2019

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