Society of Maritime Arbitrators
Resolving Maritime Disputes For Over 50 Years


The Society of Maritime Arbitrators is a professional non-profit organization that has achieved international recognition as a leading forum for the arbitration of maritime and commercial disputes. The mission of the SMA is to promulgate arbitration and mediation and to establish commercially effective legal procedures for Alternative Dispute Resolution. The SMA trains and provides the maritime industry with experienced commercial professionals who resolve disputes in an impartial, timely and cost-efficient manner.


Monthly Luncheon

Thursday 9/20/2018
(Changed from 9/12/2018)

Members Only

Wednesday 10/10/2018
Speaker: Robert Clyne
Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary American Bureau of Shipping

Topic: Class: Today and Tomorrow

Special Event

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Celebration & Roast of Clay Maitland

March 8 - 13, 2020


Rio de Janeiro


2018 Arbitration Award Interest Calculator

As a service to our friends and Members we are pleased to provide, herein, a quick and accurate method for calculating interest at the prime lending rate, over a specified time-period as published by the Federal Reserve Bank. Click HERE to access the Interest Calculator.

Luncheon Presentation Now Available

Blythe Daly from Holland & Knight New York discussed the basics of Blockchain and its potential impact on the shipping and logistics industry at the April lunch. The SMA thanks Blythe for the presentation and for allowing it to be included on the SMA website.

SMA Blockchain Presentation (PDF Format)
SMA Blockchain Presentation (Video)

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 48, Issue No 1 of The Arbitrator - April 2018

Luncheon Presentation Now Available

After an introduction to Pangaea Logistics and Phoenix Bulk Carriers at the October luncheon, Neil McLaughlin discussed the benefits of ship management in the United States. The SMA thanks Neil for the presentation and for allowing it to be included on the SMA website.

The Arbitrator

Volume 47, Issue No 2 of The Arbitrator - September 2017

Annual Meeting Election Results

The Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc. (SMA) is pleased to announce the election, at its annual membership meeting, of Robert Shaw, as its President, and Nigel Hawkins as its Vice President. Please click here for the press release and click here for full Officers list.

Luncheon Presentation Now Available

Patrick Lennon of Lennon, Murphy & Phillips engaged SMA members and guests with a lively discussion of Force Majeure Clauses in charter party chains. The presentation included a definition, updates on law and interactive hypothetical examples. The SMA thanks Patrick for the presentation and for allowing it to be included on the SMA website.

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