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Classification societies help companies comply with quality and safety standards in the course of their business. They play a predominant role in maritime transport by ensuring that ships are built and operated according to satisfactory safety standards.
Bureau Veritas is the second largest classification society in the world by number of vessels classified.
With 2,000 marine experts in over 90 countries (more than 180 marine centers), BV classifies 10,100 sea-going ships (93m grt) and 1,840 inland navigation vessels.
BV carries out inspection on behalf of 140 Flag authorities and issues the corresponding safety certificates.
• BV is among the best performing classification societies monitored by the Port State Control authorities.
• Main technical advantages: classification of sophisticated vessels:
– 20% of new gas carriers are classified by BV,
– BV classifies the biggest dredgers in the world. On this market, BV is the worldwide leader with 502 classed units.
– BV classes also a large number of specialised vessels (roll-on roll-of vessels, research vessel, tugs, multipurpose supply vessels etc.).
– For Navies: in close cooperation with DGA-SPN, DCNS and the French Navy, BV has established classification rules for navy ships and submarines.
– In the offshore sector, BV worked on LNG FPSOs for deployment offshore in Australia and Africa. BV carries out verification of the Goliat project for ENI Norway and performed Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies for an offshore project in the Russian high Arctic.
– BV has important R&D activities in hydrodynamics studies, fuel efficiency of ships and in arctic navigation.
DNV France is involved in the Oil & Gas and Maritime activities. DNV France is present in all main French ports and in Paris, Lyon and Nancy, and is involved in the following activities:
• ship classification: new builds and ships in operation,
• certification of material and equipment,
• energy management and environmental issues,
• risk management, reliabity and process improvement,
• oil process Verification and Qualification.
DNV France is part of DNV (Det Norske Veritas) which is an independent foundation since 1864 and today has a global presence with a network of 300 offices in 100 countries. Its prime assets are the knowledge and expertise of its 9,000 employees from 85 nations.
DNV is a leader in risk management, helping customers safely and responsibly improve their business performance. As companies today are operating in an increasingly more complex and demanding risk environment, DNV’s core expertise is to identify, assess and advise on how to manage risk.
DNV Maritime is one of the most important worldwide classification societies with, by end of 2011 14.6% of the world fleet is classed by DNV (gross tonnage) and 21.1% of the 2011 new building order book is DNV class. DNV is recognised by 130 maritime administrations.
DNV is one of the leading certification companies in the Oil & Gas. About 65% of all offshore pipelines are designed and built to DNV’s pipeline standards. In 2011, 47 JIP "Joint Industry Projects" have been established where DNV work closely with industry partners. DNV is also present in the offshore wind turbine market with several projects both abroad or in France.
Lloyd's Register EMEA
operates around the world surveying and certifying ships, systems and facilities to improve quality and increase safety. Shipowners using its services benefit from some of the world’s finest marine expertise and an organisation dedicated to delivering the very best service throughout the life of the vessel. It operates in three different areas:
• Classification: identifying risks during the design, construction and operation of ships through application of their Classification Rules.
• Consultancy: offering a range of practical solutions designed to help improve performance and reduce business risk:
– Ship Emergency Response,
– Fuel Analysis and Advice,
– Technical Investigations,
– Noise and Vibration,
– Environmental Protection.
• Training: its award-winning Marine Training Services Team offers a wide range of courses tailored to the shipping industry. Lloyds recognises that every organisation has unique requirements, and will work with customers to anticipate, understand and fullfill their training needs.haut de page