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International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations

Unity for Safety at Sea

IFSMA was formed in 1974 by Eight National 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 around 11,000 Shipmasters from sixty Countries either through their National Associations or as Individual Members.

An Introduction to IFSMA


Video Guide on making payments to IFSMA.


Thinking of Beirut

IFSMA Secretary General TV interview on the crew change problem by C G T N 11th June 2020

IFSMA Letter to Shipmasters

Shipping industry warns of trade logjam as crews remain stranded (IFSMA quote on Page 3)

Open Letter to all Governments - Crew Change

A Nautilus Federation message to their maritime professionals.

Coronavirus: 'Up to 2,000 UK seafarers stranded'

ICS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Shipping Industry (version 1.0) 3rd March 2020

WHO and IMO Coronavirus advice with links for updates

International Maritime Health Association - Coronavirus Advice (28-1-2020)

Advice on preparing for coronavirus - see IFSMA Log

Council of Europe Lives Saved report

IFSMA Secretary General Interview on BBC Radio 4 12-7-2019

IFSMA Secretary General's Interview on BBC Radio 4 14-6-2019

Best Management Practices 5th Edition - BMP5

Global Counter Piracy Guidance - GMBP

MACN Annual Report 2017

IFSMA Privacy Policy

IFSMA Strategic Plan 2017-2022
Includes 5 Key Challenges
Click front cover for link to full document