At a meeting during the World Maritime Technology Conference in Mumbai, India, a delegation of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers members met with members of the Institute of Naval Architects of India to negotiate and sign a cooperative agreement between the two societies.
‘The group agreed on four areas of cooperation: membership, Web-based interaction, technical publications and technical and research activities. The collaboration between INAI and SNAME will bring greater value and the sharing of technical information between the two groups. To encourage membership in SNAME, a tiered system was instituted on January 1, 2006. The annual cost of membership in SNAME, which is $150 worldwide, will remain at that level in North America and other nations categorized as high-income by the World Bank, but will be reduced by half, to $75, in those nations classified as upper-middle income economies, and by 75%, to $37.50, in all other nations, including India. This tiered dues structure will facilitate those in the maritime industry in the important maritime country of India to take advantage of the many benefits of SNAME.