DNV GL is an international accredited registrar and classification
society headquartered near Oslo, Norway. The company currently has
about 13,550 employees and 350 offices operating in more than 100
countries, and provides services for several industries including
maritime, renewable energy, oil & gas, electrification, food &
beverage and healthcare. It was created in 2013 as a result of a
merger between two leading organizations in the field - Det Norske
Veritas (Norway) and
Germanischer Lloyd (Germany).
DNV GL is the world's largest classification society, providing
services for 13,175 vessels and mobile offshore units (MOUs) amounting
to 265.4 mill gt, which represents a global market share of 21%. It
is also the largest technical consultancy and supervisory to the
global renewable energy (particularly wind, wave, tidal and solar) and
oil & gas industry - 65% of the world’s offshore pipelines are
designed and installed to DNV GL’s technical standards.
Prior to the merger, both DNV and GL have independently acquired
several companies in different sectors, such as Hélimax Energy
(Canada), Garrad Hassan (UK), Windtest (Germany) and KEMA
(Netherlands), which now contribute to DNV GL's expertise across
several industries. In addition to providing services such as
technical assessment, certification, risk management and software
DNV GL also invests heavily in research.
Remi Eriksen took over as Group President and CEO of
DNV GL on August
1, 2015, succeeding Henrik O. Madsen.
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DNV GL's history dates back to 1864, when
Det Norske Veritas
Det Norske Veritas was
Norway to head technical inspection and evaluation of
Norwegian merchant vessels. On the other hand, Germanischer Lloyd
was founded in Hamburg around the same period in 1867 by a group of
600 ship owners, ship builders and insurers.
DNV GL celebrated its
150th anniversary in 2014.
On December 20, 2012, the two companies announced the merger, which
was approved by competition authorities in South Korea, the USA, the
EU and China, thus allowing the merger contract between DNV and GL
to be signed on September 12, 2013. The independent Det Norske Veritas
Foundation owned 63.5% of
DNV GL shares and Mayfair
Vermögensverwaltung 36.5%.until December 2017, when Mayfair sold its
shares to the
Det Norske Veritas
Det Norske Veritas Foundation.
Bureau Veritas and American Bureau of Shipping, DNV GL
is one of the three major companies in the classification business
with 300 offices in 100 different countries. But the company is also a
key player in strategic innovation and risk management for several
other industries including renewable energy (particularly in wind and
solar), oil and gas, electric power generation and distribution,
petrochemicals, aviation, automotives, finance, food and beverage,
healthcare, software and information technology.
DNV GL invests heavily in R&D which amounts to 5% of
its total revenue. Since 1864,
DNV GL has always maintained a
department dedicated to research that enhances and develops services,
rules and standards for various industries. Many of the innovations
and findings by DNV have often been used as a basis for international
At present, the main research programs include arctic operations,
biological hazards, future energy solutions, technology and
information processes, maritime technology and transport systems, as
well as multifunctional materials.
DNV GL has six business divisions and one independent business
DNV GL - Maritime: Classification, verification, risk-management, and
technical advisory to the maritime industry on safety, enhanced
performance, fuel efficiency, etc. As a classification society, DNV GL
sets standards for ships and offshore structures - known as Class
Rules. They comprise safety, reliability and environmental
requirements that vessels and other offshore mobile structures in
international waters must comply with.
DNV GL is authorized by 130
maritime administrations to perform certification or verification on
DNV GL - Oil & Gas: Technical advisor to the global oil and gas
industry, services in technical and marine assurance and advisory,
risk management and offshore classification.
DNV GL works with
upstream oil and gas companies to identify and control risk, improve
safety and performance, and assure reliability of a project’s
development and operation. The company develops industry standards and
best practices through joint industry projects (JIPs), bringing
together a number of industry players to address specific technical
challenges. As an example, about 65% of the world’s offshore
pipelines are designed and installed to DNV GL’s technical
DNV GL - Energy: Counselling, testing, and certification services to
the global energy sector, including: renewable energy, emissions,
energy efficiency, power production, transfer, and distribution. DNV
GL operates the world’s largest high power and voltage test
laboratory, working as an independent, accredited certifier of
electricity transmission & distribution components.
DNV GL is also
the leading independent advisor and certifier to the renewable
industry, notably within wind energy. Its services include wind
turbine type certification, design consultancy, energy yield
assessments, site assessments, permitting, solar plants and turbine
design, wind and solar forecasting, and front-end engineering. In
addition, DNV GL’s energy arm has advisory services in energy
efficiency, renewable integration, clean conventional power
generation, renewable plant operations improvement services,
transmission and distribution grids, energy storage, measurements and
DNV GL - Business Assurance: Certification, assessment,
training/education services that support customer products, processes,
and organizations over a wide spectrum of fields.
DNV GL is an
accredited certification body. They certify the compliance of
companies according to a third party standard, such as ISO 9001
(quality management system) or ISO 14001 (environmental management
DNV GL has issued management system certificates to more than
70,000 companies across all industry sectors and is an accredited
certifier in 80 countries.
DNV GL - Software: Software development for maritime design and
engineering, strength assessment, risk and reliability, QHSE and asset
integrity management. The software is delivered to various industries,
including energy (wind park solutions, etc.), process, maritime,
petrochemical, refineries, and healthcare. Within the area of risk and
DNV GL develops quantitative risk analysis (QRA)
DNV GL - Healthcare: DNV-GL Healthcare provides accreditation and
clinical excellence certifications to American hospitals.
DNV GL - Maritime Academy: DNV-GL Maritime Academy provides over
150 different courses, one of the broadest portfolios in the industry.
The course portfolio is based around three core maritime themes,
Developing People, Operating Ships, and Building Ships.
Standards & Regulations
DNV GL provides a list of standards and regulations to the public.
List of regulations:
DNV Rules for Classification of Ships
DNV Rules for Classification of High Speed, Light Craft and Naval
DNV Statutory Interpretations
DNV Service Specifications
DNV Offshore Service Specifications
DNV Offshore Standards
DNV Recommended Practices
DNV Standards for Certification
DNV Programmes for Approval of Manufacturers
DNV Programmes for Approval of Service Suppliers
DNV Type Approval Programmes
DNV Type Approval Programmes for EU recognised organisation Mutual
DNV Type Approval Programmes for Marine Equipment Directive (MED)
DNV Classification Notes
DNV Rules for Other Objects
DNV GL Annual Report 2015". DNV GL. Retrieved 26 Mar 2017.
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DNV GL Maritime Academy
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American Bureau of Shipping
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Det Norske Veritas
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Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL)
Indian Register of Shipping
Indian Register of Shipping (IRS)
Korean Register of Shipping
Korean Register of Shipping (KR)
Lloyd's Register of Shipping (LR)
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