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Introduction of VR

Wednesday, 30/07/2014

Vietnam Register is a non-profit State Body having functions and jurisdictions on the organization and performance of technical supervision and certification for Quality and Safety of means of transport including water-craft offshore installations, roadway and railway motor vehicles and industrial products. VRs services are for promotion of safety of life, property and protection of the environment from pollution.


VR H.O. at 18 Pham Hung, Tu liem, Hanoi

VR is also a ship classification Society

Within its network through out the country, there are 26 sub-offices providing ship and offshore classification and certification activities, including industrial certification service, 18 motor vehicle inspection stations and 87 other motor vehicle inspection stations of provincial transport authorities under its professional management.VR has about 1040 employees, including more than 965 employees holding diploma degree and 77 post graduates.

VR Objective

The Quality Objective of Vietnam Register is to serve the public benefits and the needs of Clients by making contribution to the security of life, property and protection of natural environment, through the development of legal documents, technical regulations, standards and technical appraisal and survey of the design and construction, as well as in-service maintenance of water crafts, motor vehicles, railway vehicles and offshore installations.

VR Quality Policy

The Quality Policy of Vietnam Register is to ensure the regulations on the state management to be applied and to provide quality-assured technical services in order to achieve the set Objectives.

In the state management, statutory verification and certification activities for safety, quality and environment protection, Vietnam Register always strives to ensure the truth, reliability, promptness, clearness and continuous improvement.

The quality policy is understood, implemented and maintained at all levels of Vietnam Register.

Historical highlights

The Department of Vietnam Register was officially founded on 25th April, 1964 and located in Haiphong Port City. This date is accepted as the Birth Day of Vietnam Register.

In 1970, the first set of Rules and Regulations for Classification and Construction of Steel Sea-Going Ships was published.

In 1980, signed Agreement with DSRK on Cooperation and Substitution of Classification Surveys.

In 1981, became a full member of TSCI.

In 1983, signed Agreement with LR on substitution of Classification Surveys.

In 1984, elected as Standing Secretary of IMO Vietnam-Focus Point of Vietnam to IMO.

In 1984, The first time attended the IMO Assembly Meeting (13th section) under authorization of Vietnam Government.

In 1990, Vietnam Register started the service of technical supervision and classification of offshore installations.

In 1991, authorized by Vietnam Government for Certification to Vietnamese Ships in compliance with SOLAS74/78, MARPOL73f78, L66, TONNAGE69, COLREG72.

In 1992, Vietnam Register started providing services of technical supervision and classification of offshore installations.

In August 1995, Vietnam Register got involved in development and implementation of the Motor Vehicle Technical Safety Inspection System.

In 1997, published the Rules and Regulations for Classification and Construction of fixed Offshore Installations.

In 1998, published the Rules and Regulations for Classification and Construction of HSCs.

The Head Office of Vietnam Register was moved from Haiphong Port City to Hanoi Capital on 8th April 1998.

In 1999, awarded by Government with Labour Medal, Grade II.

From 1999, started involving in Technical Safety Inspection to Working Machines.

In February 2000, published the Rules and Regulations for Classification and Construction of Fishing Vessels.

In March 2000, a Lab for Motor Vehicle Testing was established.

In March 2000, the English Version of the Rules and Regulations for Classification and Construction of Steel Sea-Going Ships were published.

In April 2000, the VR Quality Management System was certified in compliance with IS0 9001.

In May 2001, VR Quality and Safety Management System Certification Center (VRQC) was founded.

In 2002, the first time VR carried out technical safety and quality certification to containers under new construction.

In 2002, the ship survey status was controlled software with a program and through the Internet.

In February 2004, VR started carrying out International Ship & Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).

In September 2003, VR moved to the Head Office at 18 Pham Hung, My Dinh, Tu Liem, Hanoi.

In October 2003, VR started carrying inspection and certification for locomotive and wagon and railway equipment. Its activities to inspection and certification of locomotive and wagon.

In 2003 VR becomed a full member of CITA

From 2006 – 2007, VR carried out design approval and supervision of 20.000 dwt bulk carrier (the Vietnams biggest bulk carrier).

In 2007, foreign shipowners agreed to adopt VRs Rules and Regulations for classification of their ships.

In October 2010, VR inaugurated the National Motor Vehicle Emission Test Center (NETC) in Hanoi.

International Cooperation Activities

VR is the Deputy Secretary General to the IMO Bureau Vietnam.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO).

VR is one of the national organizations actively taking part in the IMO Convention enforcement activities, in Vietnam. In collaboration with IMO, VR has held many professional seminars/ workshops. VR experts are the delegates in the Vietnamese missions to IMO meetings of MSC, MEPC, FAL, etc...

VR is authorized by the Government to develop guidance and instructions for implementation of IMO Conventions in Vietnam. VR is also authorized to carry out statutory surveys and issue certificates to the Vietnamese ships for compliance with the Conventions, which Vietnam has acceded, such as, SOLAS 74/78, MARPOL73/78, LL66, TONNAGE 69, COLREG72, etc.

VR is a full member of ACS - The Association of Asian Classification Societies from 2/2010. VR is fully exercising all activities of ACS Working Groups and EC.

Vietnam Register has been a full member of International Association of Technical Survey and Classification Institutions - TSCI since 1984. It is doing technical research in co-operation with members of this Organization. VR often takes part in the Meeting of TSCI Council and activities of TSCI working groups.

The International Association of Class Societies - IACS

Vietnam Register has signed agreements for mutual co-operation and substitution in the field of ships/offshore classification and certification with all IACS members.

Every year, a great number of VR's staff participates in professional training courses in abroad.

The Association of Asian Classification Societies (ACS)

The Association of Asian Classification Societies – ACS was formally established in Indonesia in February 2010. The current members of ACS are BKI (Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia), CCS (China Classification Society), IRS (Indian Register of Shipping), KR (Korean Register of Shipping), NK (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai) and VR (Vietnam Register).

VR is fully exercising all activities of ACS EC and Working Groups. These bodies of ACS include:

    +/ Executive Committee – EC

    +/ Technical Management Group – TMG

    +/ Working Groups:

      • Working Group on Ballast Water Management (EV)

      • Working Group on Recycling Ships (RC)

      • Working Group on Risk Based Design (RD)

      • Working Group on Machinery Seaworthiness (MS)

      • Working Group on goal base standard (GB)

      • Working Group on greenhouse effect (GHG)

      • Working Group on Port state control (PC)

      • Working Group on quality (QS)

Cooperation with other international organizations

VR has established relationships with other international organizations, for example: The World Maritime University (WMU), CIDA Canada, OSCC Japan, Center of Testing Motor Vehicle – Germany (TUV), China Automotive Technology and Research Center, SIDA Sweden, Japan Automobile Standards Internationalization Center (JASIC), etc.

VR is a full member of the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA) from 09/2003.

VR is a full member in the Vietnamese delegation to ASEAN specialized-transport meetings.

Surveys and inspections under Cooperation and substitution Agreements signed with the following foreign organizations:

  1. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with CRS; 1997
  2. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with LR; 1993, 1999 and 2006
  3. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with MRS; 1983 and 2001
  4. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with PRS; 1984
  5. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with RCB; 1984 and 2007
  6. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with BRS; 1984 and 2001
  7. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with NK; 1987, 1996, 2001 and 2005
  8. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with JoSon; 1992
  9. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with CCS; 1993 and 2009
  10. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with BV; 1994 and 2006
  11. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with DNV; 1994, 1999 and 2007
  12. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with ABS; 1994, 1999 and 2007
  13. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with KR; 1997 and 2004 and 2007
  14. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with APAVE; 1997
  15. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with RINA; 1998
  16. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with RU; 2001
  17. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with BKI; 2001
  18. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with INSB; 2001
  19. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with RRR; 2000
  20. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with CR; 2001
  21. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with IRS; 2001 and 2004
  22. Agreement of Cooperation and substitution with IBS; 2007

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