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Structural failure caused Mexico City subway collapse – Norwegian expert report

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The the preliminary independent expert report carried out by the Norwegian company DNV says the collapse of line 12 of the Mexico City subway that left 26 dead on May 3 was due to a “structural failure” in the construction.

“The incident was caused by a structural failure associated with deficiencies in the construction process,” detailed the first of three expert reports presented by DNV and the Mexico City government.

Det Norske Veritas, headquarters at Hövik near Oslo, Norway.
Det Norske Veritas (DNV), headquarters at Hövik near Oslo, Norway.

The driving force behind the construction of the so-called “golden line” in 2012 was the then-mayor of the capital and current Mexican foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, one of the best positioned to succeed the current president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

DNV (formerly DNV GL) is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway. The company currently has about 12,000 employees and 350 offices operating in more than 100 countries, and provides services for several industries including maritime, oil & gas, renewable energy, electrification, food & beverage and healthcare.

DNV GL was created in 2013 as a result of a merger between two leading organizations in the field — Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany). In 2021, DNV GL changed its name to DNV, while retaining its post-merger structure.

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