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.