The classification society was established in Genoa, Italy: in the very first year of operations, our 13 agencies classed 340 vessels.
Initial consolidation and development stage, with an exponential increase in our coverage of the Italian territory: five years after the establishment, our 49 agencies classed 1,500 vessels.
An office in Shanghai was opened, a pioneering project that ushered in the international expansion policy.
Merge with Registro Nazionale, parallel and complementary register founded by the major shipping companies in collaboration with State representatives connected to the maritime industry.
Maritime and merchant traffic was at a standstill, Registro Nazionale Italiano operations were reduced throughout the war period.
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.
Registro Nazionale Italiano merged with Veritas Adriatico, successor to the Austro-Hungarian Veritas. From then on, Registro Navale was located in two different offices: administration stayed in Genoa, and the registered office moved to Rome.
Sharp decline in maritime trade, accompanied by technical and logistical reorganisation to cope with the new post-war demands.
New mutual agreements with other classification registers. We joined the International Institute of Welding (IIW), the International Standardization Organization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Ship Structures Congress (ISSC).
We 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.
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.
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 organisational structure was overhauled: all the RINA S.p.A. operations were channelled to the Marine, Certification & Services and Industry divisions.
All operations, licences and accreditations dealing with classification, certification, test and inspections were transferred to RINA Services S.p.A..
We acquired D’Appolonia S.p.A., a Genoa-based company dealing with consultancy services, and Simtex S.r.l., a leading private body in Romania for the certification of company management systems and products.
We adopted a new structure, including the holding RINA S.p.A. and two business branches managed by RINA Services S.p.A. and D’Appolonia S.p.A.
Intesa Sanpaolo – through the Merchant Banking Management of its Corporate and Investment Banking Division – and VEI Capital - investment company of Palladio Finanziaria in the Private Equity Mid-Cap segment – agreed to buy a stake in RINA S.p.A.
A new company became part of us: QIC Inc, a leading TIC company serving major and independent operators as well as manufacturers in the Oil & Gas industry.
We acquired 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.
D’Appolonia S.p.A. became RINA Consulting S.p.A., a legal entity that integrates all our companies involved in the consulting business: Centro Sviluppo Materiali, Edif ERA (ERA Technology), G.E.T., Logmarin Advisors, OST Energy, Polaris, SC Sembenelli Consulting and Seatech.
We face a deep and total transformation, acquiring a new identity and comprising more than 150 of history under a unique brand. This new identity combines tradition and innovation to shape the Excellence behind Excellence.