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Welcome to the SMEF’s  website. This website has been designed to inform the general public and the shipping community about the SMEF, including its organization, members, and its work.

We hope you will enjoy this website and find it informative and helpful.

If you wish to know more about us and what we stand for, please contact us, by making use of the form in the ‘Contact Us’ page. We will be pleased to hear from you.

Current Topics of Focus and Discussions

1. IMO Reports

2. Maritime Labour Conventions

  • MLC 2006
  • STCW 2012

3. Criminalisation of Seafarers

4. Crew Welfare

  • Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Research & Development

5. Piracy

  • Crew Supply & Demand
  • Crew Costs
  • Recruitment

6. Crew Competence

  • Crew Management
  • Crew Qualifications Matrix
  • Crew Training

7. Image of the Shipping Industry





2,000 Somali pirates are hijacking the world's economy              

The Meaning of Our Logo

The ship and the waves set against the background of the globe signify the global nature of the shipowning and shipmanagement industry.

The three latitudinal lines represent the tripartite partners – government, maritime employers and seafarers.

The longitudinal line that connects the three latitudinal lines signifies the strong binding ties connecting the tripartite partners.

The blue and green colour of the logo represents the SMEF’s commitment towards promoting a safe, efficient and pollution – free shipping environment.