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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

Bureau Veritas is one of the world’s leading classification society and offshore safety and verification bodies. 

With 2,550 marine experts in over 90 countries (more than 180 survey offices), BV classifies 11.200 sea-going ships (107m grt), more than 750 offshore units and 2,000 inland navigation vessels. 

Bureau Veritas has recognized technical expertise in all segments of maritime transport and offshore facilities for the exploration and development of both onshore and deep-water oil and gas fields. BV holds a leading position in the market for highly technical ships (liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum (LPG) gas carriers, FPSO/FSO offshore oil platforms, cruise ships, ferries, and specialized ships). 

Bureau Veritas is involved in a number of European research programs, and also in a large number of joint industrial projects with the oil industry. With this investment, BV has been able to develop areas of expertise such as hydrodynamics, vibration phenomena, and structural tools to analyse the behaviour of ships and offshore structures. In other areas, various simulation and analysis tools have also been developed, regarding, for example, fire propagation on board ships, firefighting, or passenger evacuation. 


DNV GL, one of the leading classification societies. Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. DNV GL provides classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. It also provides certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. 

Combining leading technical and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, DNV GL empowers its customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. The company invests 5% of annual revenues in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

Originated in 1864, DNV GL operates globally in more than 100 countries with its 16,000 professionals dedicated to helping their customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. 

Lloyd’s Register EMEA

Lloyd’s Register is a leading provider of marine classification services around the world, ensuring that internationally recognised safety and environmental standards are maintained at every stage of a ship's life. But Lloyd's Register is not just about surveying ships; Lloyd's Register is dedicated to helping our clients achieve the best possible performance from their fleets and operations. Through customised solutions, LR helps owners and operators implement the newest technologies and innovations and achieve greater design, operational and cost efficiencies. 

Research and innovation underpin everything LR does, and are key to helping us ensure a sustainable future for shipping. The new Global Technology Centres in Southampton, UK, and Singapore, are the cornerstones of LR's global research and technology network, drawing together the engineering excellence of Lloyd’s Register, academic institutes, and other industrial collaborators to deliver innovation. 

Key areas of expertise: 

Naval ships 

Through its classification and consultancy services, LR helps the world's navies ensure their ships perform optimally. LR provides specialist support on all technical areas, such as propeller optimisation, hull damage, ice strengthening and shock protection. 

Gas as fuel 

One of the key areas where LR has been helping shipping innovate is gas as fuel. As well as leading developments in gas-fuelled ship design – with delivered projects including Viking Grace and Argonon, and newbuild projects including three ferries for STQ and two PCTCs for UECC – LR is helping make safe LNG bunkering possible. LR has been assisting ports and port operators to understand the steps involved in addressing bunkering risks and has helped develop the world’s first practical operational procedures and standards for bunkering in the Port of Singapore. 

Training services 

Its award-winning Marine Training Services Team offers a wide range of courses tailored to the shipping industry. Lloyd's Register recognises that every organisation has unique requirements, and will work with customers to anticipate, understand and fulfil their training needs. All its trainers are Lloyd’s Register experts.