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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.


Members may 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. We have a section on the website where members can list their experience and the areas where they wish to offer these services to clients. To access this information use the "Expert Witnesses" button on the left.

Society joins FEMAS

With effect from 18th March 2005 the Society became a member of Federation of European Maritime Associations of Surveyors and Consultants (FEMAS). The main benefits of FEMAS Membership are to enable the Society to have a say in the deliberations of the European Parliament and to help ensure high standards for European Marine Surveyors are maintained.

Individual Members of the Society have the opportunity to take particular advantage of this Membership through an annual subscription of Euros €25, in return you will be able to use the FEMAS logo on your letterhead, be listed on the FEMAS Website and know that you are contributing towards the aims of FEMAS. A journal will be distributed to keep FEMAS members up to date with activities.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer please contact the office.

For further information please visit the FEMAS website or contact this office, http://www.femas.org


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