Det Norske Veritas

Det Norske Veritas (DNV ) is a classification society in the form of a foundation. DNV was established in 1864 in Oslo. The company's purpose is to protect life, property and the environment.

The company is divided into three business areas: DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas, DNV KEMA and DNV Business Assurance and has offices in more than 100 countries and over 10,000 employees.

In the areas of ship classification ( about 18 % of the world fleet ), management system certification (more than 80,000 valid certificates, focus quality management standard ISO 9001) and in the area of sustainability services to the energy industry ( such as the technical monitoring of off-shore facilities ), DNV is one the world's leading firms.

The end of 2012 agreed the two classification societies, DNV and Germanischer Lloyd ( GL) a merger, after the Norwegian DNV Foundation 63.5 % and the German investment company Mayfair ( as owner of the GL) 36.5 % of the shares in the new DNV GL Group be maintained. Subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities thereby acquiring a very significant classification society with a broad portfolio for all areas.

In September 2013 it was announced that the merger of Germanischer Lloyd ( GL) and DNV for September 12, 2013 is effective. The " competition authorities " of the four required court jurisdiction namely South Korea, the United States, the Eu / Norway and China had agreed to this merger.