Statutory Certification of Ships
Ensuring conformity with international regulations
Vessels involved in international trade must conform with the international regulations on safety, security and environmental protection contained within various IMO (International Maritime Organisation) instruments. The implementation and enforcement of these regulations are under the responsibility of each Flag State which may delegate all or part of its powers to classification societies such as Bureau Veritas. Moreover, as ships become bigger and more complex, only classification societies like Bureau Veritas have the necessary technical skills to inspect and survey them wherever they operate, with a highly competent worldwide network.
What is statutory certification of ships?
A total of 125 national administrations recognise Bureau Veritas as an official certification body. They delegate part of their authority to Bureau Veritas to verifying implementation of national and international regulations for marine safety and environmental protection. These include such international conventions as Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS), Load Lines (LL), Prevention of Marine Pollution from ships (MARPOL) and Tonnage Measurements.
Bureau Veritas performs inspections and issues statutory certification on behalf of Governments. This service includes design review, certification of materials and equipment, and survey of installation. It is possible for ship owners to get Bureau Veritas to survey the ship for statutory requirements at the same time as it is surveying it for class requirements, and class can then issue the statutory certificates on behalf of the Flag administration.
Why Choose Bureau Veritas
Recognition Founded in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a world leader specialising in conformity assessment services related to Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE). Certified to ISO 9001 for all of its activities globally, Bureau Veritas is well known for its ability to adapt to changing client environments and situations and for its commitment to providing leading solutions through quality service.
Knowledge & Expertise Through expert local teams and technical knowledge, Bureau Veritas are able to deliver packaged and targeted solutions and information, to support our clients’ unique business requirements.
Network With a global network of over 1,400 locations in more than 140 countries, Bureau Veritas provides tailored solutions to clients throughout the world across a diverse range of industries.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What is your class involvement into the ISPS process and ISO certification services?
Owners of Bureau Veritas class ships have benefited from our services when the ISPS Code became mandatory in July 2004. Bureau Veritas trained over 110 auditors and was granted RSO status by 50 Flag States. It was able to audit and certify 2,100 ships and 19 port facilities, and it trained 2,500 ship and company security officers, ensuring its clients moved smoothly through the security process.
Bureau Veritas is now focused on smoothing the implementation of Annex VI to MARPOL, training its surveyors and informing owners on how to manage the air pollution limitation requirements.