Oil & chemical tankers - Rules for steel ships

Rules for the classification of steel ships

BV Rules for the classification of steel ships are applicable to seagoing steel ships. They provide detailed requirements for the assignment and the maintenance of BV classed ships.

Unless otherwise specified, these Rules apply to ships for which the date of contract for construction is on or after 1st of July 2018. The Society may refer to the contents hereof before 1st of July 2018, as and when deemed necessary or appropriate.

Rules for the Classification of Steel Ships consist of the following documents:



Part A - Classification and Surveys

July 2018

Part B - Hull and Stability

July 2018

Part C - Machinery, Electricity, Automation, and Fire Protection

July 2018

Part D - Service Notations
including Ro-Ro cargo ships, pure car/truck carriers, container ships, livestock carriers, bulk carriers, ore carriers, oil tankers, FLS tankers, chemical tankers, liquefied gas carriers, tankers, passenger ships, Ro-Ro passengers ships, ships for dredging activity, non-propelled units, fishing vessels, offshore patrol vessels

July 2018

Part E - Service Notations for Offshore Service Vessels and Tugs
including tugs, anchor handling vessels, supply vessels, fire-fighting ships, oil recovery ships, cable laying ships, diving support vessels, lifting units, semi-submersible cargo ships, standby rescue vessels, accommodation units, pipe laying units

July 2018


Part F - Additional Class Notations

July 2018

  • Main changes in Bureau Veritas Rules for Steel Ships, Edition July 2018

  • Download the Consolidated PDF including all parts of the Rules.

Other Bureau Veritas technical documents are available for free download through the Full list of Bureau Veritas Rules, Rule Notes and Guidance Notes, including documents dedicated to a particular ship type such as:

Note: Bureau Veritas may at any time issue corrigenda for any published Rules or Guidance Notes to address errors in the printed and/or electronic editions.