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About the Royal Institution of Naval Architects

8-9 Northumberland StreetFounded 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.

The Institution has members in over ninety countries, and is widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations worldwide.


Membership of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and the right to use the letters FRINA, MRINA AMRINA or Assoc(RINA) after the 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 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 also provides access to a wide range of benefits and services.  

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RINA publishes a wide range of technical magazines, journals, conference proceedings, the Transactions, and eNewsletters, covering all aspects of the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members receive RINA publications free or at a reduced rate.

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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.

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Divisions and Branches

The Institution 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.

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Maritime Groups

Maritime Groups provide an online opportunity for members to seek information, exchange views and discuss technical and professional matters related to the design, construction and maintenance of marine vessels and structures. 

The Maritime Groups also update members on the activities of the Technical Committees.

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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.

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International Links

Through its international membership, links with other national professional societies and membership of international organisations, the Institution is at the hub of a worldwide network of professionals in the global maritime industry.

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects recognises and values the diversity of perspectives that people of all  backgrounds, experiences and aspirations bring to their work and to the engineering profession at large. The Institution will fully embrace  diversity and  inclusion,   and  provide equal opportunity in all its activities. The Institution  will not discriminate on any grounds. 

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Maritime Environment

Marine vessels and structures are technically complex and operate in a challenging environment. The Institution is committed to contributing to a reduction of  their environmental impact and improving their energy efficiency by providing guidance on their design, construction, maintenance, operation, decommissioning and recycling in order to achieve more sustainable use of resources and mitigate climate change.