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.

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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)

September 20, 2018

September 2018 Luncheon Presentation Now Available

André Pereira da Fonseca, a lawyer from Abreu Advogados in Lisbon, Portugal and the author of a chapter entitled “SMA Arbitration” in the book “International Arbitration in the United States” (Edited by Laurence Shore, Tai-Heng Cheng, Janella La Chiusa, Lawrence Schaner, Mara V. J. Senn) recently published by Kluwer Law International, discussed his chapter with our members at our luncheon on September 20, 2018. We thank Dr. Pereira for his presentation which he has kindly made available for general viewing.

Presentation (PDF Format)
Presentation (Video)

April 11, 2018

April 2018 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)

October 30, 2017

October 2017 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.

April 18, 2017

April 2017 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.

November 11, 2015

Luncheon Speaker

Bill Juska of Freehill, Hogan & Maher spoke on the status of Iran Sanctions and Their Impact on the Maritime Industry at the November 11, 2015 luncheon. The thoughtful program included a historical perspective on sanctions on Iran as well as a detailed breakdown of the nuclear agreement reached this past summer and its prospective implementation.

The SMA thanks Bill for his fascinating presentation and for allowing it to be included on the SMA website.

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August 25, 2015

Luncheon Speaker

On August 25, 2015, NYMAR (New York Maritime, Inc.) released the first in a series of articles demonstrating the strength and unique characteristics of New York as a preeminent maritime center. The first article, “Where Arbitration Began: Maritime Arbitration in New York”  ( PDF | HTML ), under the authorship of NYMAR Chairman, Clay Maitland, identifies New York as the first global center of arbitration, and dates back to 1656.

February 17, 2015

Luncheon Speaker

On February 11th at the monthly SMA luncheon, Michael G. Chalos, Partner K&L Gates, LLP presented his talk: The New MARPOL ANNEX VI Regulations, Requirements and Issues. The SMA thanks Mr. Chalos for his engaging and informative presentation, and for allowing it to be posted on the SMA site.

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October 24, 2014

Luncheon Speaker

On October 8th at the monthly Luncheon of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Leo G. Kailas a partner at Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC presented his talk Charter party Agreements: Issues Related to Ebola Epidemic, which addressed issues regarding what measures can be taken to protect the vessel and crew, the implications for cargo if a port is closed or quarantined, who pays for delays, a review of the BIMCO Gentime charter and Exxon’s charter party, along with two suggested Ebola Clause to consider for the Charter party contract.

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