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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

  • NR547 - Ships using fuel cells (edition January 2022)
  • NR476 - Approval testing of welders (edition January 2022)
  • NR533 - Approval of service suppliers (edition January 2022)
  • NR467 - Amendments to the rules for steel ships (January 2022)
  • NR544 - Requirements for survey of materials and equipment for the classification of inland waters-operated vessels / units (edition November 2021)