Society of Maritime Industries

Membership Benefits

The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) promotes the interests of UK based companies in the international market place and to governments. Our membership is inclusive of the whole supply chain from shipyards and major system providers to the manufactures of the smallest components, as well as companies involved in design, in service support and maritime autonomy.  

In joining SMI companies can select which of our specialist sectors reflect their business interests and there is no restriction on how many are chosen. Watch the video below to hear what SMI can do for your organisation or continue scrolling down to view a comprehensive list. 

We offer a wide range of services, some of which include:

  • The ability to network with other companies engaged in maritime business through our events. The events programme shows the range of activities we undertake on behalf of members.
  • Advice and assistance on making contacts in your chosen markets.
  • Participation in sector focussed inward and outward trade missions and assistance with the development of markets in new territories and sectors.
  • Special member rates for most of our conferences, seminars, presentations and workshops.
  • The opportunity to participate in the UK groups, at discounted rates, in our extensive worldwide portfolio of international exhibitions.
  • Access to Government support for international exhibitions, trade missions and seminars.
  • Discounted participation in our biennial ocean technology exhibition, Ocean Business, for space and training sessions.
  • Assistance in China through our Manager based in Shanghai.
  • Access to the online Member Zone; an area exclusive to members containing market reports and intelligence.
  • Representation of member issues with government through regular briefings with ministers and officials, in various government departments including BEIS, Cabinet Office, Defra, DIT, DfT, MoD and Treasury.
  • The ability to influence the drafting of UK government’s white papers and other consultative documents through our representation on the various fora (for example the Defence Industries Council and the SME Forum of the Defence Suppliers’ Forum convened by the Secretary of State for Defence).
  • Engagement in the UK technology agenda, with UK Research & Innovation, through the Maritime UK Technology & Innovation Group and Maritime Autonomous Systems Steering Group, both of which are chaired by SMI’s Chief Executive.
  • Eligibility for election to the consultative councils of SMI’s six market sectors.
  • Daily or weekly (the choice is yours) email alerts on news and events in our industry.
  • Free use of our attractive Board room in the heart of the City of London.
  • Free listing on our Member Directory and its highly functional listing of the products and services which provides deep links into your own website.
  • Free entry in SMI’s annual Members’ Handbook and Directory circulated to key clients worldwide.

Subscriptions are based on a company’s turnover earned in our specialist sectors. The subscription year runs from 1 October and normally a pro-rata amount would be charged from the time of membership application to 30 September.


Please complete the Join Us Enquiry form or email for more information on how to join the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI). 

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