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New BV tool supports equipment certification process

Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore has released Veristar Equipment, the latest in its series of digital tools and applications to help make the business of classification and certification more efficient.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} The new platform enables equipment manufacturers to request and manage online their demands for equipment surveys, monitor the progress of the status of the certification process – as well as receive automatic and detailed calendar updates.

Veristar Equipment aims to deliver seamless, efficient and transparent process from start to finish by providing a clear and holistic view on the status of equipment manufacturers’ certification requests.

Confirmation of certification is available, in addition to the usual certificate, via a web link or QR Code allowing easy confirmation of certification details and validity.

Benefits to equipment manufacturers include:

  • Request of BV services online
  • Easy to arrange BV surveys to be carried out on-site and make changes
  • Simpler and flexible access at any time – and from anywhere, including mobile devices
  • Access to all the details required for the status of current orders as well as full access to certification history
  • Easy to upload documents, eliminating email

“We have successfully introduced e-certification and online tools for our classification surveys and now with Veristar Equipment we are introducing a comparable level of efficiency, visibility, clarity and support for certification – with full transparency – in the equipment market,” said Laurent Hentges, vice-president operational excellence. {/mprestriction}

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