New York based SMA, a professional non-profit organization, is an internationally recognized 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.

EVENTS AND CALENDAR

Special Events

Video celebrating ICMA XXI (Rio de Janeiro March, 2020) and invitation to ICMA XXII (Dubai November, 2023)

ICMA XXI - Reunion.mp4

Monthly Luncheons

2022/2023 Luncheon Schedule

The SMA 2022-2023 luncheon schedule is below, please save the dates. Click on the current month for details and registration information.

Weds, 10/12 - Open Speaker Luncheon
Weds, 11/9 - Open Speaker Luncheon
Weds, 12/14 - Holiday Luncheon - No Presentation
Weds, 1/11 - Open Speaker Luncheon
Weds, 2/8 - Open Speaker Luncheon
Weds, 3/8 - Open Speaker Luncheon
Weds, 4/12 - Open Speaker Luncheon
Weds, 5/10 - Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Members Only

These dates are subject to change. Please email pleahy@smany.org if you are not on the luncheon invitation mail list and wish to be added.



NOTICES

Sep 2022

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 52, Issue No 3 of The Arbitrator - September, 2022

May 2022

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 52, Issue No 2 of The Arbitrator - May, 2022

May 24, 2022

Passing of Manfred W. Arnold

We were saddened to learn that SMA Past President Manfred W. Arnold died on May 18, 2022. Manfred's obituary is at https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/manfred-arnold-obituary?id=34907746 (and see "Manfred Arnold Looks Back"). Manfred was a key figure in the SMA and in ICMA for decades and a valued colleague and mentor. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Susan and daughters Heidi and Kirsten. The family has requested privacy, and we ask that their wishes be respected.

May 10, 2022

SMA Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to announce that on May 10, 2022 , we held our first in person Annual General Meeting since 2019. A number of members who could not attend in person were also able to listen into the meeting via Zoom.
The following four board members were elected to serve two-year terms:

Austin L. Dooley
David Gilmartin
David Martowski
George J. Tsimis

Also, the members approved changes to the By-Laws. These changes simplify our procedures, especially in light of the lessons learned during the pandemic.
Finally, we welcomed our newest member, Captain James Desimone, former Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation Staten Island Ferry.
Thank you to all who participated.

March, 2022

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 52, Issue No 1 of The Arbitrator - March, 2022

December, 2022

The Arbitrator

Volume 51, Issue No 4 of The Arbitrator - December, 2021

December 6, 2021

November Zoom Luncheon Presentation

On November 30, John Weale, chair of the committee revising the 1994 Gencon form and former Risk Manager at Fednav discussed "A New Gencon: Transforming a Standard Charter for the Modern World".

Here is a link to the Zoom Presentation, and related documents:
CONGENBILL.pdf
GENCON.pdf

October, 2021

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 51, Issue No 3 of The Arbitrator - October, 2021

October 13, 2021

October Zoom Luncheon Presentation

On October 13, Paul Mazzarolli from the Baltic Exchange provided a comprehensive introduction to the Baltic Exchange, the use of the indices, and other services in our October "Bring Your Own Lunch" series. Here is the link to his presentation: ZOOM Presentation

June 15, 2021

New Address

SMA New Headquarters Address:
127 West 30th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001

ALL CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD STILL BE SENT TO:
157 New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Square, NY 11010

Please update your records.

May 27, 2021

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 51, Issue No 2 of The Arbitrator - May 2021

May 13, 2021

SMA Lambert Meehan Press Release May 2021

At the Annual General Meeting of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc (SMA) on May 11, 2021, SMA members elected LeRoy Lambert as President and Robert C. Meehan as Vice President. Their Bios can be found on the link below. We congratulate Mr. Lambert and Mr. Meehan on their appointment and look forward to their leadership!

April 22, 2021

April Zoom Luncheon Presentation

With the heightened scrutiny of ship recycling and its impact on the environment, the SMA invited Petter Heier, CEO of Grieg Green A/S to discuss sustainable ship recycling. Here is the link to his presentation: ZOOM Presentation

March 10, 2021

Proceedings under Covid-19 Restrictions

March 10, 2021

March Zoom Luncheon Presentation

On March 10, 2021 Andrea Jansz, General Counsel of Resolve Marine Group, explained the diverse roles of a commercial salvage operator. Here is the link to her presentation: ZOOM Presentation

February 25, 2021

February Zoom Luncheon Presentation

Please use this link to our February "bring your own lunch" presentation. Todd Lochner and Eugene Samarin from The Lochner Law Firm discussed the perils and pitfalls of yacht sales, including conditional acceptance, escrow agreements, warranties and broker "up-selling."

February 3, 2021

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 51, Issue No 1 of The Arbitrator - January 2021

April 16, 2020

Proceedings under Covid-19 Restrictions

Update #1, April 16, 2020

March 16, 2020

Arbitration Award Interest Calculator
UPDATED FOR MARCH 16, 2020 RATE CHANGE - 3.25%

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.

March 6, 2020

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 50, Issue No 2 of The Arbitrator - March 2020

January 31, 2020

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 50, Issue No 1 of The Arbitrator - January 2020

September 30, 2019

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 49, Issue No 2 of The Arbitrator - September 2019

June 10, 2019

Presentations from the Houston April 11 seminar
"Arbitration: A Better Resolution" now available

Fourteen presentations from the SMA Houston seminar are now available. They focus on how arbitration differs from court proceedings, the advantages of incorporating arbitration rules into your contracts, how arbitration awards are enforced, pre-award security, shortened arbitration procedures and many other topics. The presentations are listed by title and presenter - just click on any one of them for the powerpoint slides.

Click Here to Access Presentation Page

February 20, 2019

The Arbitrator

The newest issue, Volume 49, Issue No 1 of The Arbitrator - February 2019

February 13, 2019

February 2019 Luncheon Presentation Now Available

At the SMA's February luncheon, Ian Duthie, Director of North of England Insurance Services, provided a summary of charter party concerns ahead of IMO 2020 low sulphur requirements. His presentation is attached.

Presentation (PDF Format)

January 14, 2019

January 2019 Luncheon Presentation Now Available

Below is the presentation made by distinguished independent arbitrator Stephanie Cohen [www.cohenarbitration.com] as our SMA Luncheon speaker on January 9, 2019 on the all important and timely issue of "Cybersecurity and the Maritime Arbitrator"

Presentation (PDF Format)
Presentation (Video)


PAST NOTICES

Proceedings under Covid-19 Restrictions: Updates

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