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Private ownership
Industry Classification society and certification body
Founded 1864
Headquarters Bærum, Norway
Area served
Key people
Henrik O. Madsen (CEO)
Leif-Arne Langøy (Chairman)
Revenue Increase NOK 15,2 billion (2013) [1]
Number of employees
16,000 (2013)[2]
Website www.dnvgl.com

DNV GL is an international certification body and ship and offshore classification society, with main locations in Norway and Germany. DNV GL is the result of the 2013 merger between DNV and Germanischer Lloyd. The merged company has 16,000 employees.[3] DNV GL operates in various different industries, with a focus on testing, certification, technical assurance and risk management.

DNV GL has 13,175 vessels and mobile offshore units (MOUs) in its portfolio, totalling 265.4 mill gt, which represents a market share of 21%. This makes it the world's largest classification society.[4] Every year, 5% of DNV GL revenue is invested in research and development.[5]

The DNV Foundation owns 63.5% of DNV GL shares and Mayfair Vermögensverwaltung owns 36.5%. The DNV Foundation is a non-profit organization.

DNV GL Summary[edit]

DNV GL has the objective of "Safeguarding life, property, and the environment". The organization's history goes back to 1864, when the Det Norske Veritas was established in Norway to inspect and evaluate the technical condition of Norwegian merchant vessels.[6] Germanischer Lloyd was founded in Hamburg in 1867.[7]

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

Together with Bureau Veritas and American Bureau of Shipping, DNV GL is one of the three major companies in the classification society business. DNV GL has its headquarters in Høvik, Bærum, just outside Oslo, Norway. It has 300 offices in 100 countries. 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 GL was retained by the United States to investigate the cause of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.[8]

On December 20, 2012, DNV and Germanischer Lloyd announced the merger.[9]

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.

DNV GL Organization[edit]

DNV GL splits its operation into four business areas and one independent business unit:[10]

DNV GL - Maritime classification, verification, risk-management, and technical counselling to the maritime industry.

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 - Energy counselling, testing, and certification services to the global energy sector, including: renewable energy, emissions, energy efficiency, power production, transfer, and distribution.

DNV GL - Business Assurance certification, assessment, training/education that supports customers products, processes, and organization globally over a wide spectrum of fields

DNV GL - Software developing software in ship design, engineering, risk, construction, and various calculation programs to the maritime, energy, and process sector.


  1. ^ "DNV GL Annual Report 2103". DNV GL. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "DNV GL Annual Report 2103". DNV GL. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Smale, Will. "The Norwegian firm that tests the world's ships". bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "DNV GL to unveil rules this year". Tanker Operator. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Cheam, Jessica (5 March 2014). "Longevity of a business lies in sustainability". Eco-business.com. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Career Opportunities in DNV
  7. ^ "Spotlight on Germanischer Lloyd". Maritime Executive. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "DNV report on Deepwater Horizon BOP concluded". Dnv.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  9. ^ "DNV and Germanischer Lloyd Announce Merger". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  10. ^ "About Us". dnvgl.com. DNV GL. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 

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