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 Luncheons

Wednesday 12/12/2018

No Speaker, just Holiday Cheer!

RSVP date is Friday, December 7 and cancellation date is 9am on December 10

Special Events

February 28 & March 1, 2019

The SMA will again offer its popular, comprehensive two day seminar:
Maritime Arbitration in New York

NEW Location:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 26 Mill River Street, Stamford, CT 06902

This course 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.

March 8 - 13, 2020

Rio de Janeiro



September 27, 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.

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)

April 10, 2018

The Arbitrator

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

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.

September 18, 2017

The Arbitrator

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

August 30, 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.

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.

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