Final part of the maritime works suite of standards is published

4 July 2016

BSI, the business standards company has published BS 6349-1-2 Code of practice for assessment of actions. The standard which is part of the maritime structures suite of standards gives recommendations for the assessment of actions for the planning and design of maritime works. BS 6349-1-2 was written to bring the BS 6349 maritime structures series in line with the Eurocodes, in particular Eurocode 1. This standard is the concluding part of the BS 6349-1 series which was originally launched in 2000 but revised to comprise four subparts. Following publication of the full set of subparts, BS 6349-1 will be withdrawn.

The other subparts of BS 6349-1 suite include:

  • BS 6349-1-1: Code of practice for planning and design for operations 

Covers planning, design, construction and maintenance of structures and facilities in a maritime environment. It gives guidance in respect of environmental and operational matters that need to be considered in planning and design of maritime works

  • BS 6349-1-3: Code of practice for geotechnical design 

Gives recommendations for geotechnical activities associated with the design and implementation of maritime works. Covers site investigation and geotechnical design, and gives additional guidance on testing procedures and typical ground properties

  • BS 6349-1-4: Code of practice for materials 

Provides recommendations for the materials used in the design and construction of maritime environment structures, including specific provisions for use in a seawater environment. The materials related content has been edited to be compatible with relevant Eurocodes

What BS 6349-1-2 covers:

  • Load factors and load combinations
  • Provides extensive guidance on specifying sea states and wave container actions
  • Updated guidance on the seismic design of maritime structures 

Anthony Burd Head of Sector, Built Environment at BSI said: “The regular updating of standards helps to create better and more efficient practice across the industry. This is particularly true for BS 6349 Part 1-2 which deals with the planning and design aspects of structures within seawater environments. The revisions we have made mean durability and efficiency can be further improved as well ensuring that the relevant aspects of the Eurocodes are considered.”

The BS 6349-1-2 is of particular use to engineers, designers, contractors, port authorities and government departments who want to improve performance and reduce risk. It was developed using a collaborative consensus-based approach with input from Association of Consultancy & Engineering, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Concrete Society, Institution of Civil Engineers, Permanent International Association of Navigation Conferences, OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum), UK Steel Association, Royal Institution of Naval Architects, CESA (Community of European Shipyards Association), ISRA (International Ship Recycling Association) and International Maritime Organisation