NAMS holds successful 60th National Conference


Mar 27, 2023

The National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS), renowned organization of certified, qualified marine surveyors, has announced the success of its 60th Anniversary National Conference. The event was held February 26-28, at the Embassy Suites hotel in San Diego, California.

The two-day conference hosted more than seventy marine surveyors and other industry professionals for almost two dozen sessions of educational and professional development opportunities, covering topics from battery technology to ethics training. Yacht and commercial marine survey subjects were also covered by nationally recognized experts and professional marine surveyors, and cargo surveyors were exposed to two full days of education and discussion panels, chaired by William Duval, NAMS-CMS.

The conference’s keynote address on the Challenge of Hybrid Technologies was given by Kevin Ritz of the School of Wooden Boatbuilding, headquartered in Port Hadlock, Washington. Other expert-led sessions included several breakout forums covering current battery technology and hybrid electric propulsion systems in commercial passenger vessels, led by John Clauson of Kitsap Transit and Ed Shearer of the Shearer Group, as well as a lunch hour detailing the towing safety management system to all attendees, led by LTJG Daelyn Chaney, USCG.

Plans are already underway for the 61st NAMS National Conference, which is scheduled to take place in early 2024. Its location will be announced later this year.

To learn more about the National Association of Marine Surveyors, or to inquire about membership, please visit

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