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The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors® (SAMS®) has its roots in the International Maritime Technical Institute Conference held in Brunswick, Maine during the latter part of 1986. Most of the participants expressed a desire to belong to a professional society of Marine Surveyors who would have a different purpose and outlook than found in the existing professional organizations of the day. Among the participants were the late Jim Robbins of C.A. Hansen Corporation and the late Fred Lowe, formerly, Instructor of Marine Surveying at the Chapman School of Seamanship, Stuart, Florida.

Jim Robbins and Fred Lowe founded the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors® during the early part of 1987 and enlisted the late Michael Strocchi of Strocchi & Co. to join them on the original Board of Directors. A carefully chosen cadre of fifty (50) Charter Members was solicited to be the foundation of the organization. Over the next 18 months and three national meetings, the organization of SAMS® was put into place. The Society headquarters was moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where it continues to provide services to its members.


SAMS® is a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of Florida. It is intended to be an organization of Professional Marine Surveyors who have come together to promote the good image and general well being of their chosen profession. Accredited Marine Surveyor® (AMS®) members are surveyors who have accumulated time in the profession, and have proven the technical skills necessary for designation as AMS®. There is, through the Surveyor Associate (SA) program, the opportunity for less experienced members to participate in SAMS® and hone their skills under the tutelage of Accredited Marine Surveyors® in their local area. Affiliate members, who benefit from the association with the Society’s members, are professionals, corporations, and organizations active in the marine field.

Accredited Marine Surveyor® (AMS®) members are expected to follow a course of continuing education to maintain their accreditation. Members are guided by a code of ethics and are encouraged to participate in other organizations relative to the marine field. Accredited Marine Surveyors® are given Specialization Designations according to their experience:

  • Y, SC – Yachts, Small Craft
    An AMS® member who has acquired at least five years of professional surveying experience on yachts and/or small commercial vessels up to 200 Gross Domestic Registered Tons, (500 ITC), and has attained a passing grade on the SAMS® Yachts and Small Craft examination.
  • H&M – Hull and Machinery
    An AMS® member who has actively engaged in conducting surveys of commercial vessels greater than 200 Gross Domestic Tons or 500 ITC for five of the last ten years and has attained a passing grade on the SAMS® Hull and Machinery examination. A member who holds an Unlimited Merchant Mariners license for Third Mate, Third Engineer or higher category is considered to have met the examination requirements.
  • C – Cargo
    An AMS® member who has actively engaged in performing surveys of the loading, unloading, inspection, and shipment of cargo on merchant vessels for five of the last ten years and has attained a passing grade on the SAMS® Cargo examination. A member who holds an Unlimited Merchant Mariners license for Third Mate, Third Engineer or higher category is considered to have met the examination requirements.
  • E – Engines
    • Gasoline: An AMS® member who has actively engaged in performing surveys of gas marine engines for a minimum of five of the last ten years and has attained a passing grade on the SAMS® Gas Engine examination. This designation covers gasoline powered Inboards, Inboard/Outboard, Outboards and Pod Drives.
    • Diesel: An AMS® member who has actively engaged in performing surveys of diesel marine engines for a minimum of five of the last ten years and has attained a passing grade on the SAMS® Diesel Engine examination. This designation covers gasoline powered Inboards, Inboard/Outboard, Outboards and Pod Drives.
  • FV – Fishing Vessel
    An AMS® member who has actively engaged in performing surveys of commercial fishing vessels for five of the last ten years, and attained a passing grade on the
    SAMS® Fishing Vessel examination.
  • T & B – Tug & Barge
    An AMS® member who has actively engaged in performing surveys of tugs, barges, and trips in tows for five of the last ten years and attained a passing grade on the SAMS® Tug and Barge exam.
  • CW – Commercial Workboat
    An AMS® member who has actively engaged in  performing surveys of inspected or uninspected commercial workboats, below 1600 GT, for five of the last ten years, and has obtained a passing grade on the SAMS® Commercial Workboats examination.  commercial dive boatsCommercial Workboats include, but are not limited to, vessels such as, offshore supply vessels, lift boats, dredges, utility boats, commercial dive boats, and inspected passenger vessels.  Commercial Workboats does not include tugs and barges.

The Specialization Designations listed above indicate the areas of the Surveyor’s experience. The listing of these designations is provided solely to guide users of this roster in their selection of a SAMS® surveyor, and is not intended to certify or imply the certification of competence of individual members.

Honorary Designator: The honorary designator Senior Marine Surveyor (AMS®-SMS) is reserved for Accredited Marine Surveyors who have made significant long-term contributions to the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors® and who have documented active participation in the profession of marine surveying for at least 20 years. Designees must be nominated by two past presidents and be approved by SAMS® Board of Directors. The designator must be displayed as AMS®-SMS in all advertising.

US Coast Guard Third Party Fishing Vessel Examiners
SAMS® has been designated by the Commandant, U.S.C.G., as an Accepted Third Party Organization. The following members have been designated to perform inspections under the SAMS® U.S.C.G. Third Party Examiners Program in accordance with the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988.

SAMS® intends a controlled growth. Our organization is actively seeking skilled professionals who have a need to achieve and maintain a standard of excellence in their profession.

Disclaimer: The acceptance of and the responsibility for satisfactory performance of assignments rests solely with the individual member. Neither the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors® Inc., nor any of its officers, directors, committee chairpersons nor employees assume any responsibility concerning misrepresentations, errors in judgment or negligence on a part of an individual member of the Society.

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Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, Inc.
7855 Argyle Forest Blvd – Suite 203
Jacksonville, FL 32244, USA

Toll-Free: 1-800-344-9077
Telephone: 1-904-384-1494
Fax: 1-904-388-3958


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