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Creating a new standard


Rules for classification have traditionally been developed through half-yearly revisions and amendments to existing rules. The merger gave us the opportunity to create a new common basis.

In what is probably the biggest and most extensive investment ever made by a class society, over 200 engineers at DNV GL have been dedicated to bring a modernized, efficient and state-of-the-art set of rules to the maritime industry. Not only by incorporating the latest technology developments, but also by doing a comprehensive restructuring and modernization of the complete rule set.

Our aim has been to create a clear and logical structure allowing for easier application, thus providing the basis for a timely and cost-efficient classification process.

The hull structure rules have a new advanced load concept that is a major step towards a more realistic representation of the environmental loads. Along with state-of-the-art capacity models, this concept will increase the consistency in structural design, making sure you get the most out of every ton of steel.

The new rules should enhance your experience of working with us in the overall design process, so we have brought all vessel-related requirements together in one place. As an easy entry point to a new design, 38 Ship Type Class Notations have been defined, while any documentation and certification requirements are clearly summarized in all parts of the rules.