Admin PanelMy PageAccount SettingsLog Out

Membership of the SCMS

Who are we?

The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors was founded in 1920 and is the international organisation representing and promoting the expertise and experience of Consulting Marine Engineers, Naval Architects and Ship Surveyors in maritime affairs throughout the world.

With its head office in Southampton the Society has members in many countries that collectively meet the full range of maritime consultancy requirements.

The Society is governed by a President and Council elected by its members.  The work of the Council is managed by the Chief Executive Officer based at the Society's Southampton office who is responsible for day-to-day administration. The Council and the Certifying Authority Committees of the Society meet regularly to direct activities and to monitor the ongoing work of the Society. An Annual General Meeting is held in June of each year where all members of the Society are invited to attend:

  • To hear reports from the Committee on the achievements and work of the Society over the past year;

  • To be involved in any elections for Committee members;

  • To approve any changes to the constitution of the Society.

What do we do?

Membership Activities

The Society offers the following services and benefits to its members:

  • A widely distributed Directory of Members that is published annually providing information on members' specialities and experience;

  • Endorse the membership's requirement for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) on a worldwide basis and provide formal attendance confirmation certificates related to member's approved CPD activities;

  • Acquire and disseminate useful information connected with the profession of members via our LINK newsletter that will be published quarterly;

  • Support and mentoring for member surveyors who wish to become MCA Code Examiners for vessels required to comply with the Small Vessel Codes;

  • An opportunity to become a member of our linked organisation The Federation of European Maritime Association of Surveyors and Consultants (FEMAS);

  • Occasional buffet lectures and workshops on a diversity of pertinent and interesting current topics;

  • Opportunities for informal meetings to network and discuss a variety of relevant subjects;

  • A benevolent fund that can provide financial assistance for members and their relatives in times of hardship;

  • Discounted rates on courses, insurance and products.

What do we require TO APPLY FOR membership?

Entry for membership is open to qualified marine engineers, electro-technologists, naval architects, master mariners and other related disciplines on the basis of at least two years full-time training/employment with a firm of marine surveyors/consultants.  This includes Class surveyors, marine superintendents and similar.  The full-time professional two year work experience requirement is essential for full membership.  An Affiliate membership is though available for those people interested in the Society but who have less than two years full time experience.

Documentary proof of academic qualifications, which can include relevant Diplomas issued by the International Institute of Marine Surveyors and the Nautical Institute, and proof of work experience will be required to be submitted with an application.  All documentary proof will be scrutinised and verified.