Container Ships

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in classification and certification services for container ships. Our classification rules for container ships are among the most complete in the industry, and are always evolving.

As a ship owner, an operator or a shipyard, you deal with continuously larger ships. Transporting an ever-growing amount of goods in containers has expanded both the size of the fleet as well as the ships themselves. The more tons transported, the greater economic advantages for exporters.


At the same time, it is also an additional source of hazards: collisions, brake-downs, etc. The need for technical expertise is all the more important.  

We can help you reduce your risk exposure and improve your profitability by providing you with services that guide you from the design stage all the way through to construction and operations.


Bureau Veritas offers a wide range of solutions:

Why should you choose Bureau Veritas for your container ship services?


  • A leader in large ship expertise


Today, the container ship industry is one of the most technically demanding in the shipping industry. Thanks to our technical skills that ensure safety and performance, Bureau Veritas has built a strong position in the container ship sector, especially for very large ships.


Bureau Veritas is currently classifying the largest ships under construction. One reason why operators and yards choose Bureau Veritas class for their Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCSs) is Bureau Veritas’ leading position in understanding hydro-elasticity. Our in-depth research, advanced software, specific notations, and expertise in analyzing and managing phenomena such as whipping and springing, make us the classification partner of choice for ULCS' owners and operators.


  • Energy efficiency


Many solutions exist today to improve the energy efficiency of new and existing container ships. Choosing the right ones to match the ship and its operational profile requires state-of-the-art software and experience.


Whereas fuel consumption is key to operator profitability, Bureau Veritas is also able to help deliver highly energy efficient designs, using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis to optimize the hull shape and cutting-edge environmental technology.


We are also working with designers on the new generation of fuel-efficient larger feeders. A number of these ships will be required to operate in the Baltic Sea which is a Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) but also requires increased ice capabilities.

  • Container ship safety


Reducing risk to crew, vessel and cargo starts with choosing the right classification society. We work with designers and shipyards from the outset, approving ship design and surveying it during construction in accordance with Bureau Veritas’ high quality standards.


Once the ship is delivered, our role goes beyond the normal periodic inspections. We remain close to the owner and ship for any technical support. Our global network of experienced surveyors ensures convenience for shipowners, who can request an inspection anywhere in the world.


The focus on safety is not new for Bureau Veritas, which has made full analysis of springing mandatory for container ships over 300 meters in length as well as whipping for ships 350 meters in length and above. Also mandatory for BV-classed Very Large Container Ships (VLCSs) is the new Elastic Shaft Alignment notation.

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