The anticipated areas of influence of FEMAS will in the first instance be with Principals using ship surveyors and marine consultants who are members of associations approved as having a membership whose ethics, qualifications and experience are relevant to their requirements.
The Federation will be available to government departments and / or international organisations to provide advice or opinions as may be required.
Most importantly the Federation hopes to provide the European Union Commissioners with valid opinions and influence in maritime affairs such as transportation, qualifications and VAT. Whilst the object of formulation is in relation to the European Union, it is noted that much progress has been made with the Nordic body EFTA for mutual acceptance of the principal of free movement of people to and from their areas. This may thus be a further sphere of influence (i.e. Austria, Finland, lceland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland).
The intention is, at least presently, to restrict the immediate operations of FEMAS to those associations or societies operating within the European Union. There has been correspondence with organisations outside of the Community but as yet we have been unable to extend our operations and are unlikely to do so until all community countries have representation within FEMAS. lt is clear that the area where ship surveyors and marine consultants have in the past not been represented relates to cargo surveys. lt is also clear that in some areas of consultancy, there will be overlapping requirements.