Rules & Guidelines 

Bureau Veritas develops Rules, Rule Notes and Guidance Notes to benefit our clients, partners, and the marine industry overall. We use the vast experience of our engineers, gained through years of service in the marine industry, combined with advanced research into structure and hydrodynamics, to ensure development of the most relevant and up-to-date Rules.

Bureau Veritas provides more than 140 technical publications to download.
Rules and Rule Notes (NR) detail applicable requirements for certification and classification by Bureau Veritas.
Guidance Notes (NI) offer additional informations and technical advices on specific topics related to marine units.

Check the latest updates

  • NR659 - Rules on cyber security for the classification of marine units (January 2023 edition)
  • NR675 - Additional class notation SMART (January 2023 edition)
  • NR467 - Amendments to the Rules for the Classification of Steel Ships (January 2023 edition)
  • NI691 - Environmental conditions, loads and induced responses of marine units (December 2022 edition)
  • NR600 - Hull structure and arrangement for the classification of cargo ships less than 65 m and non-cargo ships less than 90 m (November 2022 edition)