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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 a collection of more than 140 technical documents freely available for download.
Rules and Rule Notes (NR) are technical publications related to marine units and/or specific equipment for marine and offshore units. These documents detail applicable requirements for certification and classification by Bureau Veritas.
Guidance Notes (NI) offer information and technical advice on specific points related to marine units. These documents may not to be considered Rules or Rule Notes for the classification and certification of marine units.

Check the latest updates

  • NR467 - Rules for the classification of steel ships (edition July 2021)
  • NR216 - Rules on materials and welding for the classification of marine units (edition July 2021)
  • NR625 Structural rules for container ships (edition July 2021)
  • NR670 - Methyl/ethyl alcohol fuelled ships (edition July 2021)
  • NR671Ammonia-fuelled ships - Tentative Rules (edition July 2021)
  • NR493 Classification of mooring systems for permanent and mobile offshore units (edition July 2021)
  • NI615 Buckling assessment of plated structures (edition July 2021)
  • NR540 - Kick-off meeting templates for newbuilding (edition July 2021)
  • NR533 - Approval of service suppliers (edition July 2021)
  • NR526 - Rules for the certification of lifting appliances onboard ships and offshore units (edition July 2021)