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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 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

  • NR566 - Hull arrangement, stability and systems for ships less than 500 GT (edition July 2022)
  • NR529 - Gas fuelled ships (edition July 2022)
  • NI596 - EU RO mutual recognition - terms and conditions - procedure for type approval - technical requirements (edition July 2022)
  • NR686 - Rules for the design and certification of membrane type LNG cargo containment system (edition July 2022)
  • NR496 - Approval of computerized maintenance management systems used on board ships (edition July 2022)