About

Since 1962, the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMSGlobal) has served the marine survey profession by providing the maritime industry with recognition, highly qualified marine surveyors in three general surveying disciplines: Hull and Machinery, Yachts and Small Craft, and Cargo.

Hull and Machinery surveyors deal with the condition, value, construction, and damage of commercial vessels, barges, propulsion machinery, cranes, and etcetera.

Yacht and Small Craft surveyors deal with the condition, value, construction, and damage of yachts and various other vessels up to approximately 300 feet in length.

Cargo surveyors deal with the stowage, transportation, and damage to all manner of cargo on vessels, rail, road, and air transportation modes.

NAMSGlobal members are dedicated to professional goals. They cooperate with interested parties and engage in a free exchange of information concerning current approved practices in the marine survey profession. NAMSGlobal members are required to maintain certification by participating in a professional recertification program, which is monitored annually.

NAMSGlobal’s roots extend back to 1948 when the Underwriters Laboratories’ Marine Department, then known as the Yacht Safety Bureau, organized a group of independent surveyors to function as consultants and an equipment-review group. The participating marine surveyors assisted the Yacht Safety Bureau until 1960 when it was reorganized.

The surveyors, then a group of 125 experts, continued to meet independently through the Fall of 1961. In late 1961, an organizational committee was formed and in the Spring of 1962, the National Association of Marine Surveyors was established by 84 charter members.

Who are NAMSGlobal members?

Since the association’s meritorious beginning, NAMSGlobal’s membership has grown slowly because NAMSGlobal only accepts highly qualified surveyors. NAMSGlobal membership is made up of surveyors specializing in different aspects of the maritime and transportation industries.

Today, NAMSGlobal is comprised of 14 regions: 11 domestic, two in Canada, and one in Europe. U.S. NAMSGlobal marine surveyors are located in 32 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Canadian members reside in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. The European region presently consists of members from the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The balance of the international membership resides in Asia, South America, and the Middle East.

For more information about becoming a NAMSGlobal member, visit the Membership page (About / Membership).

Continuing Education

NAMSGlobal has always been active in marine surveyor education. Approximately 100 members from around the world have historically attended national meetings, the annual meeting and the Western Conference. At the seminars that accompany annual meetings, NAMSGlobal endeavors to provide a balanced program of topics that interest all disciplines. NAMSGlobal also has technical committees in the areas of Yachts & Small Crafts, Hull & Machinery, and Cargo to help members obtain useful information and deal with common industry problems.

In 1980, NAMSGlobal introduced the Certified Marine Surveyor (NAMS-CMS) designation.

Currently, to maintain the NAMS-CMS status, each member must complete at least 24 hours of continuing education credits each reporting period. Each reporting period is two years in length, from 1 January of odd numbered years to 31 December of the following even numbered year.

To assist prospective members who were not yet qualified to apply for NAMS-CMS status, NAMSGlobal began apprentice and associate memberships.