Society Of Consulting Marine Engineers & Ship Surveyors
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Society Of Consulting Marine Engineers & Ship Surveyors Since its inception in 1920 the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (SCMS) has achieved an enviable reputation as a highly professional organisation in which Consulting Marine Engineers, Naval Architects and Ship Surveyors are able to offer clients a comprehensive range of technical marine services supported by proven academic and practical capabilities derived from Extensive experience.

This website provides details of the Society's aims and objectives, activities, membership, services, and includes a Members' Directory. The Society's is an MCA approved Certifying Authority and as such our members offer a comprehensive range of technical marine services supported by proven academic and practical capabilities derived from extensive experience.

Our Examiners have intimate knowledge of the MCA's Small Craft Codes for vessels under 24 meters and are available to provide advice and undertake surveys for boat owners or managing agents. 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, members of the legal profession and others.

read more › In late 1919 a number of distinguished Marine Consultants in the UK considered that their profession would benefit from the creation of an appropriate professional Society to set standards and represent the active practitioners in the field. The founders intended that it should be an association of experienced and established professionals who would be committed to the pursuit of excellence in the execution of their professional expertise. The Society represents an identifiable source of expertise and experience in maritime affairs through the high quality of its membership.

read more › The SCMS publish a Directory of Members annually detailing the work of the Society including that as a Certifying Authority, listing of Member's and their companies and provides information on membership levels and the application process. If you are a current member of SCMS we will post the Directory to your home address that we have on record unless you specify a different address below. We will only use this to fulfil your request. We will not keep or use your address for any other purpose unless we already have your permission to do so.

read more › 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.

read more › Take note of the additional information and the references that are required. These are detailed in the second part of the form and differ according to the level of membership you are requesting. Send your application form and supporting documents either electronically by email to, by post to the SCMS at our Southampton, UK address or in person to the office or a member of the Society's Management Committee. Once received, your application will receive an initial review by the SCMS CEO, commensurate with the level of membership you are requesting.

read more › If you wish to make a donation to the Society's Benevolent Fund along with your membership fee, please advise our Financial Administrator of the donation/overpayment so that the monies can be directed to the appropriate account(s). Company Directory Listing - payment to have your company details listed on our website and in our annual Directory that is published to all members plus outside agencies worldwide.

read more › 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 that are of European Nationality, 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.

read more › Professional indemnity (PI) insurance is required for all Examiners that are approved by the SCMS to undertake survey work. Please be aware that although many firms offer PI insurance they do not always specifically cover you for the survey work that you will undertake as an Examiner. Check the cover carefully and confirm the exact nature of your work with the insurer/broker. Companies detailed below are known to offer cover for the work of marine surveyors/examiners. ITIC is the leading provider of professional indemnity insurance in the marine sector.

read more › The SCMS President and his wife, Nick and Christine Gladwell, meeting the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr Kitack Lim and his wife. The President of the SCMS was invited to an evening reception at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London to celebrate World Maritime Day 2018. The event was well attended with representatives from all over the world coming together to share experiences. In 2018, IMO celebrates 70 years since the Convention establishing the Organisation was adopted. Seventy years of IMO efforts to promote safe, secure and clean shipping are being celebrated under the theme "IMO 70: Our Heritage - Better Shipping for a Better Future".

read more › The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors is formally recognising its Centenary by bringing together its members and their guests with a celebratory dinner. This will be followed by an exhibition/symposium and guided tour at the National Oceanography Centre that will be open to any interested parties. We will only use this to contact you regarding your interest in this event. We will not keep or use your email address for any other purpose unless we already have your permission to do so.

read more › We have teamed up with Lloyd's Maritime Academy who offer a wide range of courses which help to enable continued training and professional development. In order to reward attendance we offer a discount on our membership of 50% of the first year's fees for new members. The global shipping industry never stands still, and this is also true for technology. This course develops a detailed understanding of ship technology and the role it plays in shipping. This 14 week tutored professional development programme teaches the essential characteristics of a ship's design - and how they affect its behaviour in the marine environment.

read more › It does not extend to needs generally - for example, being sick, incapacitated or aged are not necessitous circumstances on their own. A person is in necessitous circumstances where they don't have enough financial resources to have a modest standard of living in the UK. An indicator of this would be where a person's level of income is such that they are eligible to receive income-tested government benefits. Other indicators are health needs (such as sickness or disability) and family responsibilities.

read more › If you would like to apply for funding, or wish nominate someone else to be considered from within the SCMS family, please complete the details below for submission to the Society's Council for consideration. The form details will be sent directly to the CEO and treated in a confidential manner. You will be contacted by a member of the Head Office team to discuss the timeline for the request. Please contact us using the office details where the application is urgent. Each case will be examined according to the criteria stated in the Society's Byelaws and the provisions of the Benevolent Fund.

read more › The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors has been appointed as an Authorised Certifying Authority by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for statutory surveys of small commercial vessels, police vessels, pilot boats and small workboats. The Society actively participates in the various MCA working parties relating to their policy of delegation of statutory surveys and certification. The Society is also actively involved in the project to harmonise the various MCA Small Vessel Codes.

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