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RINA Services: 150 years of history

​1861: Establishment of Registro Italiano NAVALE

The classification society Registro Italiano Navale was established in Genoa and united the regional fleets under a single flag to cover the risk of loss and damage to the hull and rigging of sailing vessels.

In our first year of operations, the 13 RINA agencies classed 340 vessels.

1885: International expansion

An office in Shanghai was opened, a pioneering project that ushered in the international expansion policy.

1919: International agreements

The first international agreements were signed with the British Corporation Register, the American Bureau of Shipping and Teikoku Kaiji Kyokai, for mutual representation in the respective countries and harmonisation of the rules and regulations.

1956 – 1960: New international agreements

New mutual agreements with other classification registers. RINA joined the International Institute of Welding (IIW), the International Standardization Organization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Ship Structures Congress (ISSC).

1968: Foundation of IACS

RINA founded the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) with six other registers: American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai.

1970: Entry into the industrial field

Registro Nazionale expanded its technical structure: a special group was formed to acquire and deliver industrial services, to cope with the changed merchant marine needs corresponding to the rapid developments of associated industrial technology.

1999: Transfer to RINA S.p.A.

Registro Italiano Navale changed to RINA S.p.A., a joint-stock company set up in Genoa to perform assessments, inspections, certification and research into materials, projects, technologies, products and installations.

The services delivered to the maritime market and to the other production sectors are consistent with national, EU and international laws, in fulfilment of undertakings assigned by public administrations or by other authorities.

1 June 2002: New governance

Ugo Salerno was appointed CEO of RINA S.p.A.

2009: RINA Services S.p.A.

RINA SERVICES S.p.A. was established and all operations, licences and accreditations dealing with classification, certification, test and inspections were transferred to RINA SERVICES S.p.A..

2013: Multinational Group

RINA Group was created, comprising the holding RINA S.p.A. and two business branches managed by RINA SERVICES​ S.p.A. and D’Appolonia.


RINA acquires the entire share capital of Edif, a worldwide provider of a diverse range of TIC-CE services that serve to reduce risk, optimise performance and enhance the capability of its clients’ assets.​​ ​​