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

  • NR678hydrogen-fuelled ships (November 2023 edition)
  • NR387 - Rules for the classification of fish farms (October 2023 edition)
  • NR467 - Rules for the classification of steel ships (July 2023 edition)
  • NR216 - Rules on materials and welding for the classification of marine units (July 2023 edition)
  • NR480 - Approval of the manufacturing process of metallic materials (July 2023 edition)