Bureau Veritas(BV) is a leader in conformity assessment & certification services. Created in 1828, has 66,500 employees in 1,400 offices & laboratories located in 140 countries. BV assists to reduce risk & improve performance by offering services & innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure & processes meet standards & regulations in terms of quality, health & safety, environmental protection & social responsibility. The BV fleet of 11,366 vessels, comprising of 113m GT, is serviced by a network of 2,300 qualified surveyors, specialized in the implementation of rules and standards regarding safety, environmental & security, operating from 180 survey stations & 16 plan approval offices. With a fleet of 1,570 offshore service vessels & 1,700 tugs, BV is one of the leading Societies in the workboat segment with a modern & diverse fleet. Continuous interaction with clients worldwide allows us to thoroughly understand their needs & propose a service offer that is truly fit-for-purpose. BV also offers a wide range of advisory services, including risk & safety studies, hydrodynamic/mooring analysis, marine warranty services, reliability, availability & maintainability studies, verification of complex software controlled on-board systems & energy efficiency optimization. Our aim is to support you in designing, building & operating offshore vessels & equipment while meeting the QHSE standards of today & tomorrow. At BV we think in solutions.
Since January 1st, 1999, designated equipment to be placed on board European (EU and associated EEA countries Norway and Iceland) ships has to bear a special marine mark of conformity to the relevant technical standards : the wheel mark (¤).
Designated equipment includes lifesaving appliances, marine pollution prevention equipment, fire protection equipment, navigation equipment and radio communications equipment.
Bureau Veritas, as one of the leading notified bodies recognised in the industry, can provide services to shipowners, shipyards and equipment manufacturers everywhere in relation to the EU marine equipment conformity mark.
Bureau Veritas is also authorised by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (UK), AMSA (Australia) and MMF (France) to issue national type approval certificates under their authority.
The mission of classification societies is to contribute to the development and implementation of technical standards for the protection of life, property and the environment.
Classification societies establish and apply technical requirements for the design, construction and survey of marine-related facilities, principally ships and offshore structures. These requirements are published as classification rules. Classification Societies maintain significant research departments that participate in the on-going development of technical safety standards.
Classification societies may also act as Recognised Organisations for Flag States, verifying the ship’s compliance with international and/or national statutory regulations