About Us

The IIMM - Promoting Safe, Efficient and Professional Conduct in Maritime Operations Worldwide

Paul Roche

As President of the Irish Institute of Master Mariners it gives me great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you. The Irish Institute of Master Mariners has been in in existence since 1968 and our membership consists of qualified merchant marine master mariners with broad international seagoing experience. Ours members are engaged in diverse roles throughout the commercial maritime industry both domestically and internationally.

The noble aims of the Irish Institute of Master Mariners include the promotion of safe, efficient and professional conduct in the public and commercial maritime sectors in Ireland and internationally. This is achieved by consulting with the Irish Ministers for the Marine & Natural Resources and Transport, their Officials, and any other appropriate Government Departments and Bodies on current or proposed maritime legislation and policy. We also liaise with other organisations and individuals who share a common interest. The Irish Institute of Master Mariners is a member of the International Federation Of Shipmaster's Associations (IFSMA) and the Confederation of European Shipmaster's Associations (CESMA).


Master Mariners are defined as being in possession of an Internationally recognised Certificate of Competency, issued by the Government which is a member of the International Maritime Organization which qualifies the mariner to command an ocean-going vessel.

Benefits of Membership include: exchange of professional knowledge with like-minded professionals, notification of significant legislation affecting Irish Mariners, consultation on significant maritime policy and legislation in Ireland and the opportunity to network with fellow master mariners in social settings. If you are a qualified master mariner and would like to make a difference, please download our application form.


The Institute is governed under its Constitution and run by four elected officers and a Council. You can download the Constitution here. For 2017, the Institute officers are Captain Paul Roche as President of the Institute (president@mastermariners.com), Captain Dermot Gray as Deputy President, Captain Kim Mulcahy as National Secretary (secretary@mastermariners.com) and Captain Trevor Crowley as National Treasurer (treasurer@mastermariners.com).