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Classification of Ships and Offshore Units

Providing assurances about vessel safety and reliability

Business Challenge

Ship builders and ship owners want to ensure the best possible safety and reliability of their vessels along their whole life cycle. Today, there are many stakeholders who need to know the status of a ship’s structure and machinery: insurers, bankers, charterers, ship crew and passengers, port authorities and communities living in vulnerable coasts where the ship may trade.


What is the classification of ships and offshore units? Classification consists of a representation of the level of compliance of a ship, vessel or offshore structure to the rules set up by a classification society. This is established following plan approval and surveys carried out by the society’s experts, as provided for in the rules. Ship classification provides a point of reference on ship safety and reliability to shipbuilders, ship repairers, shipbrokers, charterers, Flag Administrations, insurers and the financial community. It is represented by a class, entered on classification certificates and transcribed in the register of ships published periodically by the society. As one of the leading classification societies in the world, Bureau Veritas establishes and applies rules in relation to the design and construction of a ship, and assesses the structural strength of the ship as well as reliability of the machinery on board during its life.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Reputation Founded in 1828, Bureau Veritas was one of the first classification societies and a founding member of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies, gathering the 10 leading classification societies in the world). Network The worldwide BV network has more than 1,000 high qualified marine surveyors, specialized in the implementation of safety, security, and protection of environment rules and standards, operating in 420 survey stations in 150 countries. Speed of response Bureau Veritas provides a single convenient point of contact to each client, and a large autonomy to its local managers for plan approval, surveys and issue of certificates. Efficient IT tools Bureau Veritas' own VeriSTAR system is a powerful and sophisticated tool that facilitates the efficient management of safety and quality. It integrates all the elements of ship operation to provide timely and cost-effective solutions across a broad range of classification services.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have a coherent mission statement encompassing life, property and the environment? What is it?

    Class societies have a fundamental role to play in preventing accidents at sea, through their dual role in the classification and certification of ships. Certification, which is a public service performed by the class societies as authorized agents of many Flag States signatory to IMO conventions, consists of verifying compliance with IMO regulations of vessels registered under these Flags. Classification and certification performed by Bureau Veritas have the advantage of a single organization verifying compliance with the construction, equipment and operational safety standards set by IACS members and the international community.

  • Which measures has Bureau Veritas taken to eliminate substandard vessels?

    Quality is fully integrated into the Bureau Veritas strategy for development. In order to achieve this primary objective, Bureau Veritas launched a plan to raise the quality of its fleet. This plan is based on 5 basic actions: - Focus on quality owners. - Fleet monitoring. - Systematization of vertical audits. - Class-entry filtering. - Training and certification of Bureau Veritas surveyors.

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