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Background History


The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (SCMS) was founded in 1920 to provide a central organisation for Consulting Marine Engineers, Naval Architects and Ship Surveyors. This information facility provides details of the Society's aims and objectives, activities, membership, services, and includes a Members Directory.

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Each year a Members directory is sent to every member and industry contacts worldwide. The Society's members offer a comprehensive range of technical marine services supported by proven academic and practical capabilities derived from extensive experience.

Members' clients include ship owners, marine underwriters, average adjusters, P & I clubs, ship and engine builders, salvage associations, class societies, statutory authorities, offshore industry, harbour authorities, legal profession and others.


They may also act as expert witnesses, participating in arbitration either as arbitrators or as expert witness, advisers in charter party disputes, and as technical advisers to the Chair or Enquiry Panel in marine enquiries and investigations.

While the Total range of service may not be offered by every member it is shared by the total membership, and whatever service may be required it is sure to be available in the repertoire of some member or members.

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The Society is affiliated to the Federation of European Maritime
Associations of Surveyors and Consultants.


The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors
Registered Charity No. 230286. Company limited by guarantee in England and Wales No. 00164726
Registered Address: Unit 5, Prospect House, 7 Ocean Way, Southampton, SO14 3TJ