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Industry Classification society
Founded 1864
Headquarters Bærum, Norway
Area served
Key people
Henrik O. Madsen (CEO)
Leif-Arne Langøy (Chairman)
Revenue Increase NOK 9,792 million[1]
NOK 810 million (2010)[1]
Number of employees
10,400 (2012)[1]
Website www.dnvgl.com

DNV GL is an international classification society, with main locations in Norway and Germany. DNV GL is the result of the 2013 merger between DNV (Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas) and Germanischer Lloyd.

DNV Summary[edit]

DNV was organized as a foundation, with the objective of "Safeguarding life, property, and the environment". The organization's history goes back to 1864, when the foundation was established in Norway to inspect and evaluate the technical condition of Norwegian merchant vessels.[2]

DNV describes itself as a provider of services for managing risk.

Together with Bureau Veritas and American Bureau of Shipping, DNV is one of the three major companies in the classification society business. DNV has its headquarters in Høvik, Bærum, just outside Oslo, Norway. It has 300 offices in 100 countries, and over 10,000 employees.[3] Important industries where the company operates include ship transport, energy (including wind and solar), aviation, automotive, finance, food, health care, and information technology. It also conducts research in several fields where it operates.

DNV was retained by the United States to investigate the cause of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.[4]

On December 20, 2012, DNV and Germanischer Lloyd announced to merger.[5] In the new company, DNV Foundation will hold 63.5%, while GL's owner Mayfair SE will hold 36.5% of the shares.

The merger was approved by competition authorities in South Korea, the USA, the EU and China, allowing the merger contract between DNV and GL to be signed September 12, 2013.

Old DNV Organization[edit]

The foundation splits its operation into 3 corporations:

DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas Classification, verification, risk-management, and technical counselling to Maritime and Oil/Gas companies globally.

DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability Counselling, testing, and certification services to the global energy sector, including: renewable energy, emissions, energy efficiency, power production, transfer, and distribution.

DNV Business Assurance Certification, assessment, training/education that supports customers products, processes, and organisation globally over a wide spectrum of fields

It also has a subsidiary, DNV Software, developing software in ship design, engineering, risk, construction, and various calculation programs to the maritime, energy, and process sector.


  1. ^ a b c "2010 Annual Report" (PDF). Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  2. ^ Career Opportunities in DNV
  3. ^ "About us". Dnv.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  4. ^ "DNV report on Deepwater Horizon BOP concluded". Dnv.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  5. ^ "DNV and Germanischer Lloyd Announce Merger". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 

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Coordinates: 59°53′16.84″N 10°33′45.83″E / 59.8880111°N 10.5627306°E / 59.8880111; 10.5627306