Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions including information on how to become a member.  If your question is not answered below please contact and we will revert directly.

Who are you?

The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which design, build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of commercial and naval ships, ports and terminals infrastructure, offshore oil & gas, maritime security & safety, marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems and marine renewable energy.  

What do you do?

The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI)provides a wide range of activities both internationally and in the UK for the benefit of the maritime engineering business community. Our member’s interests are represented by our six councils which focus on the markets of relevance to our members.  

What are MSTG, DTG, CMG, MDSG, MASG and PTG?

These abbreviations refer to our six councils which focus more specifically on the markets of relevance to our members. 

Who should become members?

Membership of the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is open to organisations which are manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, materials and services used in connection with commercial and naval ships, boats and other crafts including submarines and submersibles, ports and terminals, research and development in marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems, offshore oil and gas and renewable energy production and maritime security and safety systems. 

What is the cost of a membership subscription?

Subscription rates are based on an organisation’s relevant turnover in the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) business sectors. Applicants for full membership must have a registered office located in the UK.  The subscription year runs from 1 October to 30 September and subscriptions are payable on or from 1 October each year.  

To receive more details on specific subscription rates please complete a Join Us Enquiry.  

Do you only offer one type membership?

The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) offers four categories of membership: full, associate, acorn and group. To view a copy of our membership category definitions, please click here

Who are your other members?

A list of all of the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) members can be viewed here.

How can my organisation apply to become members?

Please complete the Join Us Enquiry form. The information provided allows the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) to tailor your membership package more specifically to your business. Following receipt of your enquiry form John Murray, Chief Executive or the Membership Manager will be in touch to discuss your enquiry. 

How does the membership process work?

As a member based organisation the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is required to circulate your application to members of our Board for final approval.  This process takes seven working days. 

A list of the Board Members can be viewed here

Our company’s main area of business is not marine related but we do have a marine sector, can we still join?

Yes! Membership rates with the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) are determined by a company’s maritime engineering related turnover only.

Complete the Join Us Enquiry form which will give us the information to tailor your membership package more specifically.

What exhibitions are you attending?

A full list of the UK pavilions which we are managing at international exhibitions around the world can be viewed here.

What events are you planning?

A full list of the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) activities or participation in other events can be viewed here. This list is updated frequently throughout the year so do sign up to our e-alerts or our latest activities to stay informed! 

What are TAP Grants?

The UK Government supports UK companies through their Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) which provides grant support for eligible SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) to exhibit at overseas trade shows and exhibitions.  As an Accredited Trade Organisation (ATO) we administer the TAP grants on the Governments behalf.  Depending upon circumstances eligible companies can receive between £1,500 to £2,500 per exhibiton.  For more information please visit this website

Is my organisation eligible for a TAP Grant?

An eligible business is one meeting the EU definition of an SME (fewer than 250 employees; an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million; not more than 25% owned by a company larger than an SME). TAP grants are aimed at less experience exporters, defined either in terms of the company’s exports as a percentage of total sales or the company having been exporting for  less than 10 years.

If you are interested in exhibiting as a member of a UK Pavilion the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is organising and would like more information about your organisation’s eligibility for a TAP grant please get in touch with us on 0207 628 2555 or email

I am looking for a job in the industry. Can you help?

The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) has an online careers page, please see here.  You are also free to review our Member Directory and approach those of interest directly.   

Other marine and maritime websites which do include vacancies and useful information are: 

What support do you offer for graduates?

Regretably, the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) does  operate a graduate scheme nor do we offer work placements but please refer to the list of useful websites in the above "Iam looking for a job in the industry. Can you help?" question.  

I am not a member but would like you to advertise our event

We offer two media support options to exhibition and conference organisers within our industry.  We cover a broad spectrum of activity and we are therefore well placed to advertise events to key representatives.  Please go to our media support page for more information or get in touch with the Marketing Manager on

How can I keep up to date with what the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is doing?

Our e-alerts , which can be tailored to your specific interests are a great way of being automatically updated with news of the latest industry developments. Or sign up to to hear about the latest activities we are planning.

Whether or not you are a member, e-mail and ask to be added to our mailing list which informs you of events, seminars, networking opportunities and exhibitions we are organising.  
Follow us on Twitter for the latest news from a wide variety of sources across the Twittersphere! 

How can I get in touch with the Society of Maritime Industries?

Email or alternatively call us on 0207 628 2555. Consult our team list to find the most appropriate person to speak with.

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