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

  • NR445 - November 2022 Amendements to the rules for offshore units
  • NR500 - Rules for the classification and the certification of yachts (November 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)
  • NR546 - Hull in composite, plywood and high density polyethylene materials (November 2022 edition)
  • NR561 - Hull in aluminium alloys (November 2022 edition)