IFSMA was formed in 1974 by Eight European Shipmasters' Associations to unite the World's serving Shipmasters into a single professional co-ordinated body. It is a non-profit making apolitical organisation dedicated solely to the interest of the serving Shipmaster. The Federation is formed of nearly 11, 000 Shipmasters from sixty Countries either through their National Associations or as Individual Members.
Established to uphold International Standards of Professional Competence for Seafarers, IFSMA is a Federation with a policy to ensure Safe Operational Practices, Preservation from Human Injury, Protection of the Marine Environment and Safety of Life and Property at Sea.
The structure of IFSMA is explained in the Statutes and Bye-laws of the Federation. The responsibility of the functioning of the Federation is vested in the Executive Council which comprises a President, a Deputy President and seven Vice Presidents, who are elected by the members.
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