FEMAS is a federation of maritime associations, and we provide this site to help locate European ship surveyors and marine consultants.
In 1988 the Vice President of VESW, the Society of Marine Surveyors and Consulting Engineers in the Netherlands with their secretary conceived the idea that it would be prudent for the various national societies to form a federation in order that the voice of European marine consultants and European ship surveyors could be heard in international forums in maritime affairs. These matters were aired at a meeting which was attended by two German and one U.K. representative.
After this meeting, it was proposed by the VESW that the captioned Federation be set up. The first meeting was called in Amsterdam in 1989 since which time, meetings have been held in the centres in which member-societies are in operation namely France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Greece and United Kingdom.
The Constitution of the Federation, Memorandum and Articles of Association were presented for ratification at the General Assembly in the Netherlands in September 1993.
Whilst some countries within the European Community are not yet members of the Federation, it has been found that they sometimes do not have societies of marine consultants or ship surveyors in the maritime field.
The Presidency of the Federation changes on a bi-annual basis between the member countries by rotation. The Executive Council consists of one representative from each country, they being nominated by the Societies in that country. Past Presidents remain ex-officio on the Council.
The Federations' Membership is exclusively for societies or associations working with a membership in the maritime field, thus individuals are not members. The day to day business of the Federation is looked after by a professional secretary.
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