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.


Special Events

The SMA will offer its popular, comprehensive seminar:

Maritime Arbitration in New York

As an ONLINE ZOOM PROGRAM in October and November 2021

The program will consist of live interactive Zoom video sessions with Professor Weiss and the SMA Education Committee. This seminar is offered to help further and promote the fair, just, ethical and cost - effective resolution of charter party and other maritime contract disputes by arbitration in New York.

The seminar provides 12 hours of CLE and will be offered over four weekly three hour live Zoom video sessions.

The first session will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021, and the program continues on Fridays, October 29, November 12 and November 19.

Please view the program flyer for program and registration details.

Monthly Luncheons

2021 Luncheon Schedule

Due to coronavirus guidelines, in order to protect the health and safety of our members and friends, the SMA has postponed in person luncheons and transitioned to a Zoom format.

We will update this site as developments occur and will also be providing updates by email.

Be safe and we look forward to seeing you all in person in the future!


June 15, 2021

New Address

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

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

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 [] 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)


Proceedings under Covid-19 Restrictions: Updates

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