The Royal Institution of Naval Architects 

8-9 Northumberland Street


The Institution

Founded in 1860 in London to "...advance the art and science of ship design... " today the Royal Institution of Naval Architects is a world renowned and highly respected international professional institution and learned society whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of all marine vessels and structures. RINA has members in over ninety countries, and is widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations world-wide. 


Membership of RINA, and the right to use the letters FRINA, MRINA AMRINA or Assoc(RINA) after a member's name, demonstrates the achievement of internationally recognised standards of professional competence, and the commitment to professional integrity and high standards of practice governed by the Institution's Code of Professional Conduct.  There are classes of RINA membership to suit all those involved or interested in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of all types of marine vessels and structures. The classes of membership reflect the education, training, experience and professional responsibility achieved.

Membership of RINA is international, reflecting the global nature of the maritime industry, and provides access to a wide range of benefits and services. ...More about Membership

Divisions and Branches

RINA has Divisions and  Branches worldwide, which organise professional, technical and social events for the benefit of local members, providing an opportunity to meet and exchange views with other industry professionals. Members of the Institution are automatically members of their national Division and local Branch, and are kept informed of events, many of which are open to non-members. ...More about Divisions and Branches


RINA publishes a wide range of technical journals, conference proceedings, Transactions, and books, covering all aspects of naval architecture and the maritime industry.  Members receive RINA publications free or at a reduced rate.  ...More about Publications


RINA organises an extensive  programme of international conferences, workshops and training courses, covering a broad range of experience and opinion on research, development and operation on all aspects of the design, construction, maintenance and operation of all marine vessels and structures. Members enjoy preferential rates to all RINA events. ...More about Events

Technical Forums

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects' groups on Linkedin and Facebook provide online forums for all members of the international maritime community to seek information, exchanges views and discuss technical and professional matters related to the design, construction or maintenance of marine vessels and structures.  Details of forthcoming events are also published in the groups.


The Institution provides guidance and advice on careers in naval architecture, academic and technical courses, initial professional development leading to Corporate membership of the Institution, and continuing professional development. Details of appointments and work experience, both wanted and provided, are also posted on the RINA website. ...More about Careers

International Links

Through its international membership, links with other national professional societies and membership of international organisations, RINA is at the hub of a world-wide network of professionals in the global maritime industry.  ...More about International Links





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