Managing risk since 1898

125 years in the U.S.A.
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Our History

DNV established its first presence in the United States in 1898, when maritime surveyor Hans Johansen transferred to New York to provide surveys to the growing “iron and steel” DNV-classed fleet that called at North American ports from the St. Lawrence River to the Gulf of Mexico.

125 years later, DNV has more than 2,000 employees in 39 locations providing assurance and risk management services to a wide range of sectors including maritime, energy, and healthcare with the purpose of safeguarding life, property, and the environment.

Hans Johansen
Hans Johansen, Maritime Surveyor
Learn more about our rich history with our podcast, DNV's Journey to 125 years in the U.S.
With around 2,000 local experts in the U.S., of which majority are U.S. citizens, you benefit from a vast local knowledge, experience & network
Antony DSouza,
  • Executive Vice President & Country Chair, North America

Some key milestones from DNV’s history in the US

Towards the end of the 1960s, a new shipping phenomenon burst onto the scene with the arrival of the Florida based cruise industry. DNV had a large share of these vessels in class, which demanded specialized surveyors and the establishment of a new dedicated office in Miami. Today, Miami remains the epicenter for DNV’s cruise activities. 

In the 1980s, the petrochemical industry grew in importance in the US, and DNV’s services adapted to these changing needs. Houston became a world energy capital and an important base for DNV. The acquisition of ILCI (International Loss Control Institute) in Atlanta in the 1990s, then took DNV’s safety management advisory services to a new level.

In the renewables sector, power transmission and distribution player KEMA, which was acquired by DNV in 2011, started its renewable services in the US around 2002 with its first contract with the California Energy Commission for renewables technical support. DNV issued its first certified verification agent (CVA) certification for the US offshore wind industry in 2014 for the Cape Wind Project.

In 2008, DNV Healthcare achieved deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to become the first accrediting organization for hospitals to be approved by the federal government in more than 40 years. This new accreditation model integrating regulatory and management system standards, has helped to change the culture of hospital accreditation. DNV Healthcare is the second-largest healthcare accreditation body in the United States.

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DNV in the news

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DNV Celebrates 125 Years Working In The U.S.

Maritime Reporter [March 2023]. In 1898 DNV, a young Norwegian Classification Society, set up shop in the United States. Today the maritime industry and the classification society have grown and evolved mightily, as Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO Maritime, DNV, discusses his organizations rich history and promising future in the U.S.

DNV Celebrates 125th Anniversary Of Operations In The U.S.

Offshore Engineer [April 2023]. Offshore Engineer recently interviewed Antony DSouza, Executive Vice President and Regional Manager, Americas DNV, to mark DNV's significant milestone of 125 years of operation in the United States, and to learn more about the company’s path from having a single surveyor in the U.S. in 1898 to currently having nearly 1,200 experts in the country.