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SNAME is an internationally recognized non-profit, professional society of individual members serving the maritime and offshore industries and their suppliers. For many, SNAME has been absolutely essential to career development and success in the industry. With more than 6,000 members around the world in 95 countries, SNAME is THE International Community for Maritime and Ocean Professionals!


The mission of the Society is to advance the art, science and practice of naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering and other marine-related professions through:

  • the global exchange of knowledge and ideas
  • being a provider of and catalyst for professional education across the maritime industry
  • encouraging and sponsoring research and development


SNAME is an enduring independent marine technical society of individual members that is globally recognized for advancement of the marine industry.

To learn more about SNAME's mission, goals and objectives read our 2023 - 2024 Strategic Plan.

Legacy of SNAME

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers was organized in 1893, to advance the art, science, and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding and marine engineering.

In its earliest days, SNAME was incorporated and nurtured by the titans of our industry including William H. Webb, George E. Weed, Rear Admiral George W. Melville.  Other men of stature took the helm thereafter, including Edwin A. Stevens, David W. Taylor, Vice Admiral Land, Kenneth M Davidson, and Blakely Smith.  SNAME technical information has long been the gold standard.  SNAME publications are widely used as textbooks and reference materials at major universities.