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Currently Vice President, Global FD&D Manager & Counsel at Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (SCB), Managers of the American P&I Club. Marmara University Law School, Istanbul (LL.B., 2001). S.U.N.Y. Maritime College, (MSc, 2004), Masters of International Transportation Management, attained Graduate Certificate in Chartering Operations. Hofstra University School of Law, New York (LL.M., 2007).

Practiced at prominent maritime law firms in Istanbul and New York. Joined SCB/American P&I Club in 2006, and in 2013 became Global Manager of FD&D (a/k/a "Defense") to oversee handling of FD&D matters worldwide. Also handles a wide variety of complex P&I cases globally involving litigation, arbitration, mediation for ship owners and charterers. Experienced in charter party disputes, cargo claims, ship building/repair contracts, sale and purchase, casualties, pollution, marine insurance and other marine claims.

Acts as the American Club's representative in the Global FD&D Insurers' Industry Forum (since 2014). Appointed as the Corporate Counsel Industry Liaison Officer of the International Bar Association's ("IBA") Maritime & Transport Law Committee (2018-2019), and the Committee Liaison Officer to collaborate with Comité Maritime International ("CMI") (2020-2021). IBA's representative at the United Nations during the UNCITRAL meetings on International Recognition of Judicial Sale of Ships.

Certificate in Commercial Mediation (NYC Bar Association/SMA, 2017). Member of the US Maritime Law Association, WISTA USA and IBA.

Mailing Address: Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., One Battery Park Plaza - 31st Floor, New York, NY 10004, U.S.A.
Office Telephone: (212) 847 4566
Mobile Telephone: (917) 365 3422
Fax: (212) 847 4599

ANDERSON, Charles B.

Columbia College (B.A.), Princeton University (M.A.), Columbia Law School (J.D.). Senior Vice President, Skuld North America Inc., US office of the Skuld P&I Club (1998-2021). Formerly partner, Holland & Knight (until 1998). Experienced in charterparty, cargo, yachts, and other marine and offshore energy matters. Commander, U.S. Navy (retired). Adjunct Professor of admiralty law, Columbia Law School (2009-present). Titulary member, Comité Maritime International and co-author, Shipping and the Environment (2d ed. 2009). Board Member, US Maritime Law Association (2012-2015), American Scandinavian Foundation, Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, National Maritime Historical Society, and SS United States Conservancy.

Mailing Address: 559 Burke Road, Delancey, NY 13752
Home Telephone: (607) 746-7675
Mobile Telephone: (914) 391-7908

ASPIS, Harold B.

Columbia College (B.A., magna cum laude), junior year of college at the London School of Economics. Columbia Law School (J.D.)

Currently: Arbitrator and mediator
Member, American Arbitration Association (Commercial Arbitration Panel) and FINRA.
Completed 30-hour Basic Mediation Training course under Part 146 of the NY State Unified Court System ADR program (2021).

Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel, DVB Bank SE Representative Office New York (German merchant bank which exclusively lent to, and invested in, the shipping sector and other companies in the transportation sector).

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, TTL Equipment Management LLC (privately-held company which owned, managed and leased over-the-road trailers in Europe and traded shipping containers worldwide).

Vice President and General Counsel of Transamerica Leasing Inc. (then one of the world's largest lessors of shipping containers, tank containers, refrigerated containers and chassis and it also engaged in financing ports and port equipment).

Associate in litigation in New York law firm (since dissolved). Extensive experience in ship finance, letters of credit, ship mortgages, container leasing and purchase orders, project finance of ports and port equipment, investments in, and structuring of, ship-owning entities, sale/leasebacks, limited liability company agreements, joint ventures, charter parties, cross-border transactions, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures (including of ship-owning entities), complex commercial transactions, insurance. Broad experience in transactions in North America, Europe and Asia.

Mailing address: 316 Heathcote Road, Scarsdale, New York 10583
Telephone: (646) 209-0809

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BERG, Jack

Born 1927. Member of SMA since 1967 and past president 1975-1979. Formerly Vice President, Continental Grain Company for 31 years and retired 1986. Presently serves as full time arbitrator. Graduate of U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, 1949, and New York University School of Law, 1958. Sailed as deck officer, American Export Lines and as line officer, USN (MSTS) Transports. Experienced all forms of charter party disputes.

Mailing Address: Jack Berg, Trammo Inc. 667 Madison Ave. 4th Floor, New York, NY 10065-8029
Business Phone: (646) 604-5250
Home Telephone: (914) 946-2722
Fax: (212) 759-1410

BERGER, Kenneth A.

Born in 1957. Shipbroker / Commercial Operations with SPI Marine USA; leaders in bulk shipping and logistics solutions.

Over 35 years of experience in the management of chartering and operations departments for ship owners of chemical and product tankers. Cargoes include chemical parcels, commodity chemicals, acids, vegetable oils as well as time charters and projects. Specialties incorporate areas such as chartering, charter parties, contracts of Affreightment, time charters, freight brokering, vessel operations and management.

Graduate of SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. Sailed as a deck officer for Mobil Oil (now ExxonMobil) on their U.S. Flag crude, product and specialty tankers before embarking on a career ashore.

Mailing Address: 37 Franklin Lane, Fairfield, CT 06824
Telephone: (203) 685-5848


Born 1961: Master Mariner, Port Captain, Special Projects & Marine Operations. Since 1992, involved in dry-bulk operations with Navios Corporation and Louis Dreyfus Commodities Ocean Freight LLC. Hands-on experience in the negotiation and settlement of all maritime related claims and charter party disputes including, but not limited to, cargo loss and damage, hull machinery claims, bunker disputes, laytime and time charter party performance issues.
1979 to 1992: Served as a deck officer on oil tankers, dry cargo and general cargo vessels and OBO carriers. M.B.A.- International Business, John F. Welch College of Business; B.Sc.-LBS Nautical & Engineering College, Mumbai, India.

Mailing address: 84-D, River Bend Road, Stratford, CT 06614
Telephone: (203) 873-8004

BLAKE, George C.

Born 1932. Consultant. Formerly Executive Vice President, Maritime Overseas Corporation with overall responsibility for all aspects of operation of a fleet of tankers and bulk carriers. Responsibilities also included all aspects of new construction and involvement in charter party negotiations and dispute resolution. B.Sc. (Engineering), University of Glasgow, U.K.; D.O.T. Chief Engineer's License.
Member: ABS, IME, Lloyd's Register

Mailing Address: 114 Agnes Place, Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Telephone: (732) 469-3746
Fax: (732) 469-5322


Born 1944. Formerly employed as AVP of a US subsidiary of the Tokio Marine and Fire Ins. Co, Ewig International Marine Corp, as GM and VP, and Hill, Rivkins, as associate attorney. Primary experience handling marine cargo claims and other marine charter party disputes. Member of the MLA ad-hoc committee charged with redrafting COGSA. Graduate Columbia and NY Law School.
Member: MLA

Mailing Address: 33 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY, 12561
Telephone: (845) 255-6690 (Voice & Fax)

BOYER, Harold N., Jr.

Born 1976. Currently Assistant Vice President of Operations for Mid-Size Tankers at AET Tankers Inc LTD, since 2020. Formerly Operations Director, Heidmar, Inc. (2004-2020). Sailed Third Mate to Chief Mate with Crowley Petroleum Transport on clean product tankers. Graduate of SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler (B.S. 1999), Marine Transportation. (MBA, 2008) University of Connecticut. Licensed Master, Oceans, Unlimited Tonnage. Member, Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) 2015-2017. 20 years of sailing and shoreside experience with clean and dirty tanker trading and lightering. Experienced in all aspects of operations, demurrage, claims, bunkers, insurance, marine risk and arbitration proceedings, having managed these departments for Pooling companies and owners.


Mailing Address: 4582 Kingwood Drive, Suite E, #314, Kingwood, TX 77345
Telephone: (832) 317 8720


Born 1939. Member, SMA since 1976. Currently President of Bradshaw & Associates, Inc. an insurance brokerage and consultant firm specializing in transportation insurance solutions. Prior employment as President and CEO of Thomas Miller (Americas) Inc. involved in all aspects of P&I, and intermodal transportation insurance. Extensive experience in all phases of marine disputes.

Mailing Address: 1109 Devon Court, Mahwah, NJ 07430
Cell: (201) 819-6247

BULOW, Lucienne CarassoClick Here For Full Resume

Member of the SMA since 1979 and Past President, 1997-2001. President, Interactive Maritime Services and Interactive Dispute Resolution Services, LLC. Commissioner of Pilots - State of New York since 2000. Forty-year career in the maritime industry. Previously, Vice President-Arbitration, Continental Grain Company. Formerly, Manager-Maritime Claims, Bunge Corporation. Extensive experience in all marine claims and all forms of maritime contract disputes, cargo claims, insurance coverage, navigational problems as well as disputes concerning the sale and purchase of commodities of all types, infrastructure projects, broker disputes, salvage and insurance coverage policies for small recreational vessels. Wide experience with English arbitration practices and law. Author of various articles published in law journals. Have acted as mediator in various types of cases including agency disputes and yacht insurance coverage. Ph.D. Yale University, fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, some Portuguese. Diploma in International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), 2016. Advanced Mediator Training and Continuing Arbitration Education, AAA-ICDR, 2021
Member: AAA (C&G), ICDR (Panel of Neutrals and of International Mediators), NAEGA, ICC Panel, CMA, MLA, SCMA, FINRA, LMAA (S), CEA (European Court of Arbitration).

Mailing Address: 290 West End Avenue, New York, NY 10023-8106
Telephone: (917) 741-8000

BUSCH, Stephen H.

Born 1940. Member of the SMA since 1974 and Secretary 1995-97. President, Scan-American Shipping & Trading Corp. 1982-2009, now consultant and arbitrator. Formerly Johnson Maritime Services, Inc., Transamerican Steamship Corp. and Stolt-Nielsen, Inc. Career chartering, operations and management experience in general, bulk and project cargoes, including heavy lift and military cargo, as well as oil and liquid chemical cargo transportation. Graduated S.U.N.Y Maritime College with eight years sea service. Unlimited Master's license. Experienced in arbitrating all forms of maritime contract disputes, including salvage.

Member: AAA (M), CMA, MLA (NL)

Mailing Address: 36 Texas Road, South Bristol, ME 04568
Telephone: (207) 644-1835
Fax: (207) 644-1836

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Graduate of USMMA (BS) and St. John's University School of Law (JD.) Formerly, Vice President Operations and Partner at United States Shipping Partners LLC. Sailed as USCG licensed engineer aboard US Flag vessels. Extensive experience in vessel operations (VLCC's, Product Tankers, ITB's, ATB's, tugs and barges at Ultramarine Transport, Hess Corporation, US Shipping Partners) including engineering, maintenance, safety, quality, environmental, crew management, vessel construction and repair specifications, financial and operational supervision, management and settlement of disputes in shipyards. Experienced in the construction and supervision of high speed aluminum commuter vessels.

Marine consultant (forensic investigations) and surveyor with a marine engineering and naval architecture firm.

Trained Mediator: New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM)

Member: New York Bar; MLA; SNAME

Mailing Address: 9 Fox Hill Road, Middletown, New Jersey 07748
Telephone: (732) 804-0077

CORWIN, Richard

Lafayette College, A.B. 1967; St. John's University, JurisDoctor 1970.

Lawyer (Haight Gardner) 1971-75, (Walker & Corsa) 1975-95: Legal/arbitral disputes for vessel owners/operators/managers and voyage/time charterers.

1995-2005: Responsible for Gard P&I NY office handling/supervising cargo, pollution, collision, general average, charter party, contract of affreightment, bill of lading, service agreement, personal injury and illness claims in North America for vessel owner/charterer assureds; personal handling of FD&D matters.

2005-2015: Managing Director/Regional Director Gard Asia (Hong Kong and Tokyo resident) handling P&I, FD&D, H&M claims/casualties; personal handling of claims/casualties/FD&D matters and, later, select complex/high value casualties (retired 2015).

Mailing Address: 225 West 60 Street, Apt. PH1B, New York, NY 10023
Telephone: (646) 343-7392

CUNEO, Joseph J.

Born 1935. Principal of Marinex International Inc., a commercial marine consulting firm. Over 30 years of experience in the design, construction, financing, operation and chartering of all types of dry and liquid bulk carriers, including LPG, LNG and chemical carriers. Experienced in all phases of negotiation and supervision of shipbuilding and repairing activities in foreign and domestic shipyards, as well as long term chartering and financing of major vessel acquisition programs. 20 years as CEO of major naval architecture and shipowning and operating organizations. Received MBA at Harvard Business School after graduating from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture with BS.

Mailing Address: 213 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Telephone: (914) 674-9080
Fax: (914) 674-9082

CUSHING, Charles R., PhD, P.E.

Naval Architect, Marine Engineer, Graduate of U.S.M.M.A. (Kings Point), M.I.T., SUNY (Maritime), M.S. and Cardiff (U. Wales) PhD. Expertise in ship design, construction and operation; cargo and materials handling; port and terminal operation; bulk carriers, tankers, tugs/barges, passenger ships, ro/ro and all phases of containerization. President, C.R. Cushing and Co. since 1968, formerly Chief Nav. Arch. for Sea Land. Licensed professional engineer (U.S.), chartered engineer (U.K.).
Member: SNAME (Life Fellow), Royal Inst. Nav. Arch. (Fellow), IMEST (Fellow), ASME (Fellow), ASNE (Naval, Life), etc.

Mailing Address: C.R. Cushing & Co., Inc., 30 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10007
Telephone: (212) 964-1180
Fax: (212) 285-1334

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Born 1951. Former President AIG Global Marine 2006 - 2013.
Former Chairman American Institute of Marine Underwriters 2006 - 2008.
Former Chairman National Cargo Bureau 2008 - 2010.
Former Chairman International Union of Marine Insurers - Loss Prevention Committee 2012 - 2013.
Member of the Maritime Law Association. Graduated St. Johns (School of Risk Management) 1974.

Retired 2013 after a 44 year career in all facets of the International Marine Insurance business. Expertise in both Insurance and Reinsurance.

Mediator: NYC Bar Association - Advanced Commercial Mediation Training Certificate.

Mailing address: 89 Eileen Dr., Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Telephone: 973-699-6507 (C), 973-433-4144 (H)
Fax: 973-433-4140

DeSIMONE, James C.

State University of New York Maritime College (BS), Manhattan College (MBA), US Coast Guard License - Master, Self-Propelled Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans, and Association of Ship Brokers and Agents - Professional Certificate in Chartering.

Sailed in all shipboard capacities from Third Officer up to and including Master primarily on product, parcel, and crude carriers. Seagoing career followed by broad-based shoreside experience in operations, management, chartering, new vessel construction, labor contracts, and risk and safety management in the ocean going, tug and barge and ferry sectors.

Served as a maritime expert in matters relating to tanker, tug/barge and ferry operations, safety management and navigational issues and have performed yacht surveys.

Membership: National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Ferries, American Bureau of Shipping, National Cargo Bureau, Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, and Passenger Vessel Association. Also served on the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council, Area Maritime Security Committee Executive Board NY Harbor, USCG Towing Safety Advisory Committee, and the Connecticut State Board of Pilot Commissioners.

Mailing Address: Seaward Maritime LLC, 5051 N Highway A1a, T6, Hutchinson Island, FL 34949
Telephone: (646) 398 0356

DESMOND, Gerard T.

Presently Director of GFR Global Freight Consulting; Director of Marketing, Americas, Salient Maritime (Americas) Inc. Florida. Formerly; Freight Trader, Louis Dreyfus Corp. Chartering Manager, Garnac Grain Co., Managing Director Sealand Bulk Transport, President, Columbus Chartering Inc., Van Ommeren Shipping USA Inc., Vice President HMI Chartering Inc., Operations Manager, Greenwich Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Cargill, Inc.

Thoroughly familiar with all phases of vessel operations, time charter and voyage chartering of dry cargo and container ships. Have been employed in all aspects of dry cargo operations/chartering as Owner, Charterer and Operator. Fully familiar with liner terms, booking of containers and dry bulk commodities.

Founding member of the Connecticut Maritime Association where served as Vice President, Secretary, Membership Chairman and Softball Commissioner.

Member of Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ASBA) and serve on their documentary committee.
Member of Houston Maritime Arbitrators Associalion (HMAA) and Arbitrator with North Atlantic Export Grain Association (NAEGA)

Mailing Address: 545 Robin Lane, Jupiter, FL 33458
Telephone: (305) 281-8161
Cell: (203) 952-1327
Skype: gerryd917

DOHERTY, Matthew A.

Born in 1959. Graduate SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. Sailed as Third and Second Officer aboard U.S. Flag Tankers and OBO's. Chartering Manager, Genco Ship Management (dry cargo). Chartering at General Maritime Management (tankers) Operations at Stolt-Nielsen Inc. Extensive experience with dry cargo voyage and time chartering and post fixture.

Mailing Address: 23 Laurel Avenue, Sea Cliff, NY 11579
Telephone: (646) 443-8533
Cell: (917) 539-1599

DOOLEY, Austin L.

Born 1946. Graduate of NY Maritime College (B.S.) & NYU School of Engineering and Science (M.S.&Ph.D.). Sea service as deck officer aboard U.S. flag tankers and dry cargo vessels. USCG license Chief Mate Unlimited tonnage, any ocean. Extensive experience in analyzing time and voyage chartered vessel disputes including speed and consumption claim analysis, voyage deviations, cargo damage, port and at sea weather conditions, and navigational problems. Captain, USNR - Retired.

Mailing Address: Austin L. Dooley, Ph.D., Dooley Seaweather Analysis, Inc., P.O. Box 63, City Island, NY 10464
Telephone: (718) 885-0962
Home Telephone: (718) 885-0547


President Groton Pacific Carriers Inc., commercial managers for foreign flag tankers. Extensive experience in chartering, day to day commercial operations, sale and purchase, banking and placement of insurances. Former Vice-Chairman of the West of England P&I Club, Intertanko North American Panel, member ABS.

Mailing address: Groton Pacific Carriers Inc. 100 First Stamford Place - suite 600, Stamford, CT 06902
Telephone: (203) 977-2000
Cell: (203) 543-9083

DUDLEY, JohnClick Here For Full Resume

Arbitrator, Expert Witness and Petroleum Terminal Operations consultant. Ten years experience assisting with petroleum tanker and marine terminal arbitrations and legal claims.

US Merchant Marine Academy graduate with Masters degree from SUNY Stony Brook. Sailed as Chief Officer for a major oil company, and as Master for a deep-ocean drilling company. Offshore oil production, shore petroleum terminal and 12 years tanker chartering management experience.

Tanker vetting expert including development of training programs for vessel and terminal vetting.

Experienced tanker terminal operations manual writer and author of a major handbook for petroleum tanker operations. Previous member of the OCIMF General Purposes Committee. Presenter at Intertanko vetting seminars.

Mailing address: 7 Tuscany Court, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Telephone: (316) 253-1507

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Louis Epstein is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Trammo, Inc. (formerly Transammonia) and a member of Trammo's Board of Directors. Trammo is an international commodity trading company which, over the years, has engaged in the purchase, transportation and sale of various commodities, including ammonia, fertilizer, sulfur, sulfuric acid, petroleum coke, LPG and chemicals. In addition to chartering vessels on a spot basis, Trammo maintains a fleet of vessels on long term time charter and has an ownership interest in some vessels.

Prior to joining Trammo in 1992, Mr. Epstein worked at the law firm Reid & Priest, where he specialized in international commercial litigation and arbitration. In private practice and as an in-house lawyer for Trammo and more recently as an arbitrator, Mr. Epstein has been involved in litigation and arbitration around the world. He is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A. 1977, M.A. 1978) and of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1982). From September 2012 to September 2015, Mr. Epstein was Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is currently a member of that committee. He has served multiple terms as a member of the City Bar's International Commercial Disputes Committee ("ICDC") and is a founding member of the International Arbitration Club of New York. In 2018, Mr. Epstein became a member of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators.

Mr. Epstein has been the author of a number of articles and reports on arbitration and litigation. Among other things, he was the principal author of a July 2010 ICDC report entitled "Obtaining Evidence from Non-Parties in International Arbitration in the United States," that appeared in Volume 20 of the American Review of International Arbitration; the author of "Arbitrator Independence and Bias: The View of a Corporate In- House Counsel," ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, 2007 Special Supplement; and a principal author (with Robert H. Smit) of an April 2005 ICDC report entitled "Lack of Jurisdiction and Forum Non Conveniens as Defenses to the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards" that appeared in Volume 15 of The American Review of International Arbitration. Recent publications include "Force Majeure Clauses in International Commodity Sale Contracts: The Need for Detail," The MLA Report (November 2020) and "Commodities Arbitration Under SMA Rules," Chapter 16 of Navigating Arbitration: The Experts Speak (Juris 2019).

Mailing address: Trammo, Inc., 8 West 40th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10018-2307
Telephone: 917-650-2998 (mobile)

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Charles Fabrikant is co-founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and has been a director of SEACOR Holdings Inc. ("SEACOR") and several of its subsidiaries since SEACOR's inception in 1989. Mr. Fabrikant serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of SEACOR's former offshore marine services division, SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. ("SEACOR Marine"), an operator of offshore support vessels, since June 2017. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of SEACOR's former aviation division, Bristow, an international helicopter operator. Mr. Fabrikant served on the board of directors of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. ("Diamond"), a contract oil and gas driller, from January 2004 to May 2019. Mr. Fabrikant also served on the board of directors of Dorian LPG Ltd., a liquefied petroleum gas shipping company and leading owner and operator of modern Very Large Gas Carriers ("VLGCs"), from July 2013 through December 2015, and on the board of directors of Hawker Pacific Airservices, Limited, an aviation sales product support company until April 2018. He also serves as President of Fabrikant International Corporation ("FIC"), a privately owned corporation engaged in private investments. FIC may be deemed an affiliate of SEACOR.

Mr. Fabrikant's involvement in maritime and environmental affairs began in the early 1970s, with the development of environmental legislation in the U.S. From 1968-1969, Mr. Fabrikant served as a Law Clerk for Judge Harold Leventhal, Washington D.C. Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, and from 1969-1970, Law Clerk for Justice John Marshall Harlan II. From 1971-1972, he worked for the Environmental Protection Agency. Following his tenure at the EPA, Mr. Fabrikant formed a D.C. based law firm. By 1976, Mr. Fabrikant ceased practicing law, but continues to be a Member of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators.

In 1980, Mr. Fabrikant founded SCF Corporation, dedicated to transporting goods on the Inland Waterway. SCF Corporation has been a subsidiary of SEACOR since 2000.

Mr. Fabrikant is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Harvard University.

Primary Mailing Address: 2200 Eller Drive P.O. Box 13038 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Cell: (561) 307-4515
E-Mail address:

Mailing Address: 460 Park Avenue, 12th Floor New York, NY 10022
General Business Telephone: (954) 523-2200

FACKLER, D. Michael

Over 40 years experience in international shipping. Specialized in ship sale and purchase and contracting of newbuildings; experienced in dry cargo and tanker chartering and operations. Since 1999, owner of European Maritime Company, brokering special shipping projects. From 1991-1999, projects broker/ head of S&P at Mallory Jones Lynch Flynn, Stamford, CT. Previously commercial/legal advisor to fast-growing US-based shipowner 1986/90, negotiating and executing well over one hundred ship sale and purchase contracts and loan agreements. Formerly sale and purchase broker in New York, prior to which was an associate attorney at then-prominent New York maritime law firm. Two years in London as dry cargo broker for large Greek shipowner. Very experienced in all aspects of ship sales and authored section in ASBA shipping course dealing with ship sales. Lifelong boat owner/operator, from 16 ft runabouts to present 43 ft trawler. Experienced cruiser in Northeastern coastal and inland waters.

Education: Georgetown University, University of Miami School of Law
Member: MLA(P), CMA
Mediator: NYC Bar Assoc., advanced commercial mediation training certificate

Mailing Address: European Maritime Company LLC,
300 First Stamford Place, Suite 403, Stamford, CT 06902

Cell:(917) 496-0382

FOX, Thomas F.

Born 1940. Maritime Consultant. President, Southold Maritime Services Corp. Previously associated with Sea Tow Services International, Inc. Formerly Chartering Manager at Philipp Brothers, Inc. and previously associated with M. Golodetz & Co., Inc. and Alcoa Steamship Co., Inc. Experienced in all phases of dry cargo voyage chartering, time chartering and operations as well as sale and purchase. Extensive sea service aboard tankers and dry cargo vessels and holder of valid unlimited Masters license. IGS/COW certification and Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident clean up contractor consulting experience. Familiar with small vessel salvage. Graduate of S.U.N.Y. Maritime College (B.S., Marine Transportation) and C.U.N.Y. Baruch College (M.B.A., International Business). Commander, U.S.N.R. (Retired).

Mailing Address: Southold Maritime Services Corp., 975 Bay Haven Lane, Southold, NY 11971
Telephone: (631) 765-0099
Fax: (631) 765-5838
Home Telephone: (631) 765-3441

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Maritime Arbitrator, International Maritime Security Advisor and Independent Consultant. Graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point (B.S.) and commissioned Navy Reserve Officer. A Master Mariner, sailed on tankers with Exxon Shipping Company for 14 years, earning an Unlimited Tonnage Master's License as Chief Officer.

Following his time at sea, he joined Phillips 66 Company (Tosco Corp.) as Vice President of Tosco Pipeline Company overseeing USEC pipeline and marine terminal operations. Retiring from Philips 66 after 20 years, he joined United Metro Energy Corp. as President & COO, and later as Vice Chairman (2013-2018). He led the newly formed NYC based energy co. from a bankruptcy acquisition to become the premier supplier of heating and motor fuels to the NYC metro area. National Maritime Security Advisor (2016-2019). Appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, tasked with advising the President of the United States, the DHS Secretary, and the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on maritime security issues. Guest lecturer at Boston University, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, St. John's University and Monmouth University on Maritime Logistics and Security. Gave the keynote address and presented at various international maritime conferences.

Mailing Address: 9 Silver Beech Lane, Baiting Hollow, NY 11933
Cell: (631)-664-3830


Born 1956. Associate Professor of Maritime Business, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Before moving to academia spent 25 years with Alcoa Steamship Co., Inc. (Operations and Chartering Manager positions). Previous experience includes port agency manager with Lavino Shipping, vessel and terminal operations manager positions with Prudential Lines (container and LASH), and shore and licensed seagoing positions with Gulf Oil (clean and dirty tankers). Well versed in all phases of vessel and terminal operations, time chartering, voyage chartering, as well as sale and purchase, including vessel scrapping. Graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (B.S., Marine Transportation 1978), C.U.N.Y. Baruch College (M.B.A., International Business 1984), and Duquesne Law School (J.D., 1993).
Member: CMA.

Mailing Address: 255 Steamboat Road, Kings Point, NY 11024
Cell: (516) 439-7204
Office: (516) 726-5887

GLUCK, Sandra R. M.

Member of the New York Bar (1980). Member of The Law Society of Ontario, 1978-2021 (ret.); J.D. Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto (1977); B.A. University of Toronto (1974)

Managing Director and President of Gard (North America) Inc. (2005-2018): Managed and supervised handling of P&I and FD&D claims on world-wide basis for Gard members and assureds. Charter party disputes, cargo claims, personal injury/illness claims, collisions/allisions, pollution, and general average claims in court and arbitral proceedings, as well as mediations. External consultant (2019-June 2020). Currently, serving on the Board of Directors, Assuranceforeningen Gard- gjensidig.

Trimar Defense Services, Inc. (2000-2005): handled P&I and FD&D matters for Gard members and assureds involving North American incidents/claims

Partner/Associate, Walker & Corsa, NY, NY (1979-1990): All aspects of maritime litigation including charter party, cargo and personal injury disputes in court and arbitral proceedings; transactional work involving ship sales/purchases and mortgages

Vice-Chair, Arbitration & ADR Committee of the U.S. Maritime Law Association (2008-2010)

Completed Advanced Commercial Mediation Training, 2019 (Association of the Bar of the City of New York)

Mailing Address: 145 Oenoke Lane, New Canaan, Ct. 06840
Mobile Tel. (917) 670-3169
Home Tel. (203) 594-9212


Bulk Liquid Marine Transportation Consultant. At world's largest energy company gained supply chain, commercial and logistics expertise. Deemed a global subject matter expert for commercial, operations and technical matters. Negotiated/ implemented cargo trades, vessel charters and crude/feedstock processing and floating storage/ terminaling contracts. Drafted tanker charter party forms and clauses for parcel carriers and specialized vessels. In-court advisor for shipbuilding and repair claims. Led contract teams for vessel construction, conversion, repair and overhaul and refinery/ terminal turnarounds.

Captain USNR (Ret.), Engineering Duty. Commanding Officer/OIC of five units; missions - RDF ship conversion program management, prepare/conduct LSD-41 class propulsion control system alignments, NAVSEA Vendor Motivation Program implementation and accomplishing intermediate-level maintenance. Boarding Officer/ Port Engineer (Singapore).

Operations engineer/instructor/ EOOW at two US Navy nuclear submarine propulsion prototypes.

Graduate - Webb Institute (BS) and Wharton Graduate School, U of Pennsylvania (MBA)
Registered Professional Engineer (New York)
Adjunct Professor SUNY Maritime College Graduate Program
Member: ASBA, SNAME and ASNE

Mailing Address: 42 Tarn Drive, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Telephone: (973)-828-5627 or (973) 984-1045
E-mail: or

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HALPIN, Harold J.

Chairman, President, CEO of Lamorte Burns & Co. Inc. which is correspondent for 14 P & I Clubs worldwide. 30 years of experience in all types of maritime cases and charter party disputes. Marine Insurance & Claims Association, Re-insurance Intermediary License, Notary Public.
Member: AAA (M), AsAvAd, MLA (NL)

Mailing Address: Lamorte Burns & Co., Inc., 64 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Telephone: (203) 761-6000
Fax.: (203) 761-6007 Telex: 3722061
Home Telephone: (203) 226-0215

HAND, Michael J.

Born 1949. Retired laytime and demurrage specialist for chemicals, gas, clean petroleum products and drybulk cargoes. Over 45 years experience in chartering, operations and management of dry cargo and tank vessels. Previously worked as shipbroker for dry cargo brokerage firms and dry cargo and tank vessel Owners. Thoroughly familiar with all aspects of vessel operations, voyage and time chartering of liquid and dry cargo vessels.

Member: ASBA, CMA

Mailing Address: 180 N. Virginia Ave., N. Massapequa, N.Y. 11758
Home: (516) 249-9622
Cell: (516) 262-1591

HANSEN, Svend H., Jr.

Born 1934. Director, Hagedorn & Company, insurance brokers. Over 25 years experience in all aspects of liner and tramp agency, chartering and stevedoring. Formerly CEO of Hansen & Tidemann, Inc. and President of Evergreen America, Inc. Apprenticed in Copenhagen and Antwerp, worked in Mexico as shipbroker and agent, fluent in Spanish. Education: Princeton University, Harvard Business School, College of Insurance. Served as President, Association of Shipbrokers and Agents (USA), and Chairman, Liner Committee FONASBA (London). Trained Mediator.
Member: ASBA, MLA (NL)

Mailing Address: 5009 Theall Road, Rye, NY 10580
Telephone: (212) 763-3423
Fax: (212) 363-3980
Home Telephone: (914) 967-6477
Cell: (646) 641-9633


Born 1946. Immediate past president of SMA. Retired Vice President, N.W. Johnsen & Co., Inc., 2000-2016. From 1990-2000, President, "K" Line International (USA) Inc., a drycargo and tanker chartering firm. From 1977-1990, Vice President, Trigon Chartering, Inc. From 1965-1977 with Howard Houlder & Partners Ltd., of London, but, stationed in New York and Tokyo from 1970. Experienced in drycargo contracts of affreightment, timecharter and operations.

Mailing Address: 57L Glen Keith Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Mobile Telephone: (917) 873-6980

HOOD, James N.

Born 1935. Member of the SMA since 2006. Maritime Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator. Former CEO of Teekay Shipping Corporation. Twenty years seagoing experience in general cargo vessels and bulk carriers including five years in command. Over thirty years managerial experience in all aspects of chartering and commercial operations of tankers and bulk carriers with United International Shipping Corporation (Kaiser), Hendy International Corporation and Teekay Shipping. Extra Master's Certificate of Competency (UK), Diploma in Maritime Law (LMU), CIArb (M). Available for hearings in NY.

Mailing Address: 1898 Club Circle, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Cell: (203) 434-3360

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KEITEL, GuntherClick Here For Full Resume

BS Marine Transp., Kings Point; MBA Marketing, NYU; Capt. US Navy Reserve, former Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Units.

Professional: Keitel Associates LLC., after retiring from Great American Lines, Inc.(EVP and COO 2001 - 2009); Fairfield Maxwell Services LTD,(EVP Marine Technical Management, 2006-2009), Reefer Express Lines PTY,LTD (Reefership Owner/Operator (Senior VP 1981-2000); TTT Ship Agencies Inc. (Senior VP 1973-1981); Grace Lines/Prudential Lines (General Manager –Caribbean & Latin American Services - 1966-1973).

Mailing Address: 25 Abraham Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
Telephone: (908) 310-7001

KIMBALL, Philip B.

Born 1940. Program Director, SeaPerch, a national K-12 educational outreach program using underwater robotics to inspire middle and high school students to pursue careers in science and engineering. Experience in ship design, ship construction, construction supervision, survey and operations; cargo handling, stowage and securing; intermodal container operations and transport; marine terminal design and operations; forensic engineering. Degrees of M.E. and M.S. in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology.

Mailing Address: 25 Barnett Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608
Telephone: (603) 756-4841
Cell: (201) 310-2607

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SMA President, 2021 to present; Vice-President, 2019-21; Member, 2016 to present. Assistant General Counsel to the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association, Inc., 2021 to present. General Counsel, Charles Taylor P&I Management (Americas), Inc., New York, 2018 to 2021, and President/Regional Claims Director, 2009 to 2017. Partner, Blank Rome, 2006-2009; Associate/partner at Healy & Baillie, 1984-2006. Clerk, 1983-84, Chief Justice John A. Dixon, Jr., Louisiana Supreme Court. J.D., 1983, Tulane University School of Law. Post-graduate studies, Tübingen University, Germany, 1976-78. B.A., 1976, Louisiana State University. Co-author, Voyage Charters (4th ed. 2014). Member, Board of Directors, MLA, 2015-2018.

Member, MLA, GMAA.

Mailing Address: Lambert Alternative Dispute Resolution, LLC, 2344 Laurel Street, New Orleans LA 70130
Cell: (973) 444-2683

LANDY, Gilbert M.

Born in January of 1952. Began his career in shipping in 1975 at J.H. Winchester & Co., Inc., and has since held several brokerage and principal positions, primarily in the dry cargo sector as an Owner's and Charterer's representative in the maritime industry, He has been in chartering and management positions at Sanko Kisen USA, Navios Corporation, Van Ommeren Shipping USA and Continental Grain Corporation. In July 1994, he founded the ocean freight and FFA brokerage division, and, has been the Manager of Freight & Derivatives Trading at Pasternak, Baum & Co. Inc., a commodity brokerage firm, in Harrison N.Y. concentrating on ocean freight chartering, FFA and grain brokerage. Extensive experience in all aspects of dry bulk chartering either voyage or time charter. He is a member of ABSA, a former vice president CMA., and is a 1975 graduate of Manhattan College, with a B. A. degree in Government.

Mailing address: 11 Eleanor Street, Rye, New York. 10580
Tel: 914 630 8105
Cell: 914 646 0684
Home: 914 835 0986


Born 1952. Senior Principal and Founder, Summit Maritime Corporation, a ship brokerage, 1999 - 2013. Retired. Senior Principal and Founder, Canbulk Shipping Corporation, a ship brokerage, 1986 - 1999. Partner, Scandia Shipping Agencies, Agents and Shipbrokers, 1975 - 1986. Specialising in dry cargo voyage (especially grain) and timecharters. Tate and Lyle Shipping, Shipowners and Charterers, Operations and fleet bunkering requirements both wet and dry 1973 - 1975. Successfully passed requirements for Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. Graduate, University of Haifa, 1973 majoring in Economics (with emphasis on Transportation Economics), and Sociology.

Mailing Address: 1192 Marine Drive, Gibsons, B.C., V0N1V1, Canada
Telephone: 604-989-8722

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MARR, Ilarion

President of Dispute Resolution Services, launched in 2018. Multi-faceted maritime industry experience in insurance, claims and freight in tankers/dry cargo. From 2004 to 2017, gained wide experience in marine cargo insurance, relevant case management and dispute settlement including charterers liability at Bunge in White Plains. Actively advised top management on counterparty risk assessment from 2008 to 2016. With Bunge in Saint Louis, for 11 years traded freight on spot grain cargoes and long-term business; all sizes mini to 130k dwt. Prior to Bunge, employed by Olympic Maritime [USA and Monte-Carlo] and Navios USA, where developed extensive experience in all phases of tanker and dry cargo chartering. Proficient in both sectors of voyage estimates as well as charter party clause interpretations. Throughout my career was involved in intricate laytime dispute settlements and acquired thorough knowledge of ship operations and account settlements.

Mailing Address: Dispute Resolution Services, LLC, 81 Pondfield Road, Suite D126, Bronxville, NY 10708
Office: 914.450.1900


Member of the SMA since 1984 and Past President 2001-2005. Formerly Chairman, Thomas Miller (Americas) Inc. and Thomas Miller Partner; retired in 2004 after 25 years with Miller's.; graduated Boston College (B.S.) Fordham (J.D.) and New York University (LL.M. Int'l Law); formerly partner, Kirlin, Campbell & Keating; experienced with disputes involving charter parties, commodity trading, offshore oil/gas operations, container terminal agreements, ship/yacht/rig construction contracts, yacht/recreational boat salvage. Co-author "Voyage Charters" (Lloyd's Shipping Law Library - 4th ed. 2014) and co-editor and co-author "Navigating Maritime Arbitration: The Experts Speak" (Juris - 2019).

Mediator training at Harvard and Pepperdine Law Schools and mediation experience.

Member: CMA, LMAA (S), MLA, Miami International Arbitration Society, HMAA, BoatU.S.

Mailing Address: 91 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
Office Telephone: (212) 579 6224
Cell: (347) 432-3334
Home Telephone: (212) 873 7875
Fax: (212) 579 6277


Senior Vice-President, Claims Director-Americas for Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc (SCB), Managers of the American P&I Club (September 2020-present). Previously acted as General Counsel for Guardian Navigation Inc., a bulk owner/operator and pool manager. Over twenty-five years of experience in the maritime industry handling charter party disputes (both as Owner and Charterer), marine casualties, cargo (wet and dry) and bodily injury claims, insurance coverage and other maritime disputes. Trained mediator. Graduate of Tulane University with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Economics (1990). Graduate of the University of Miami School of Law (JD 1993).

Mailing Address: 72 Surrey Road, Stamford, CT 06903
Telephone: (203) 253-4809

MEEHAN, Robert C.

Senior Partner of Eastport Maritime USA, global tanker-brokers, where actively engaged in daily transport negotiations of parcel and feed-stock chemicals, contract of affreightment and time-charters. The position affords active mitigation of a variety of disputes, including charter party interpretation, contract breaches, demurrage, force-majeure and similar issues. Overall experience, spanning over 35-years, includes brokerage in Gas [LPG, olefins, anhydrous ammonia], clean and dirty petroleum products, and dry-cargo. Authored multiple articles on charter party disputes, invited to address related topics at Fort Schuyler Maritime Academy and various Industry events, and directed a Company sponsored seminar on disputes and arbitration. Graduate of St John's University, finance major, extensive graduate studies at Fort Schuyler, as well as World Trade Institute, and CLE Institute.

Mailing Address: 27 Ocean Watch Court, Freeport, NY 11520
Telephone: (516) 297-3390


Born 1958. Extensive experience handling all types of marine disputes including, P&I, hull, liability, recreational marine, cargo and charter party. Expert in personal injury Jones Act matters. Expert in mediation strategy and tactics. Chairperson of the SMA Mediation Committee. Worked for AIG from 2004 to 2014 and currently work for Travelers from 2015 to present. Attorney with Kirlin, Campbell & Keating (1985-1999) (partner). Attorney with London Fischer, LLP (1999-2004) (Partner). Litigation experience before SMA panels. Experience as a NYSE arbitrator. Graduate SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler (BE). Sailed as Third Engineer with MSC. President, Ironwood Management, LLC, a marine consulting firm.

Mailing Address: 4 Ironwood Lane, Rye, NY 10580
Personal Telephone: (914) 708-9268
Personal Email:
Work Telephone: (917) 778-6405
Work Email:

MONAHAN, Michael T.Click Here For Full Resume

Ship Manager, Naval Architect, Marine Engineer, Graduate of USMMA (Kings Point). Expertise in commercial ship operations, maintenance and repair, design, construction, cargo systems/operations, and vessel regulatory compliance; President, Aereon Marine, Inc. & Horizon Naval Architects, Inc., Licensed professional engineer (U.S.), chartered engineer (U.K.). Shipboard engineer (3 years), Vessel Operations (20 years), ABS (23 years), bulk carriers, container ships, tankers, LNG, tugs/barges, passenger ships, ro/ro, and large yachts.

Member: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (Vice President), Royal Institute of Naval Architects (Fellow), Institute of Marine Engineering, Science &Technology (Fellow), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow), Maritime Law Association of the US (Member, Non-Proctor), Surveyor of Ships (UK REG, Cayman Islands), Commander, USN (Retired)

Available for arbitration and mediation appointments.
Available for hearings in NYC.

Mailing Address: 1516 Corkery Court, Winter Springs, FL 32708-4374
Telephone: (954) 727-3570
Fax: (954) 252-2543


Born 1939. Member of the SMA since 1974 and Past President 2005-2009. President and principal owner of Leffler Chartering, Inc., a ship-brokerage, agency and consulting firm in Kinnelon, NJ. Formerly with Transamerican Steamship Co., Wrightson Shipping Co. and Birmingham Bell Corp. Worked as shipbroker in Germany 1958/62, England 1962/64 and Japan 19964/67 prior to settling in New York, USA in 1967. Experienced in chartering, operations and charter party disputes.

Mailing Address: The Watermark at Logan Square, 2 Franklin Town Hall Blvd. Unit 1315, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: 201-572-6160

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Bengt got his law degree, specializing in maritime law, in Norway. He worked for the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, P&I Clubs and had his own law firm and maritime consulting firm in Oslo before moving to the US.

Since then he has primarily worked as in-house counsel for ship owners/operators being hands-on immersed in day-to-day issues involving bills of lading, voyage and time charters, pool agreements, syndication of charter parties, vessel management, bunkering, dry-docking, S&P contracts, all types of marine insurance issues and claims, pollution issues and much, much more. Bengt has extensive experience with arbitrations in New York, London, Paris and Oslo and is a certified mediator.

Mailing Address: 507 Westover Rd. Stamford, Ct 06902
Telephone: (203) 984 6164


Arbitrator, Mediator, Marine & Offshore Energy Insurance Expert Witness & Consultant. Specialist in contractual/customary insurance market practice issues and disputes with nearly 40 years International experience in Hull, P&I, Charterer's Liability, Cargo, War, Pollution, Excess Liabilities, Operator's Extra Expense, Reinsurance, etc. Performed risk analysis/negotiated premiums & insurance coverage for every size of Blue Water operator, Brown/Green Water and Great Lakes fleets, long distance/high value tows, energy packages for oil majors/offshore contractors, shipbuilding, platform/pipeline installation risks, banks' & financiers' exposures. Co-originated & developed the dominant OPA-90 Pollution COFR Guarantor solution.

Previously: insurance broker/executive at Lloyd's of London's Sedgwick and Jardines; Montreal's Osborne & Lange; New York's Johnson & Higgins, Marsh & McLennan, and HBI International; Assistant Adjunct Professor at College of Insurance; U.S. government-appointed insurance expert to NATO, Brussels.

Member: MLA (NL); CMA, AsAvAd (RA); SMA's Insurance, Mediation, Salvage, Offshore Wind, By-Laws & Rules Committees; New York State Insurance Broker's license; New York City Bar Association advanced commercial mediation training certificate.

Mailing address: 20 Silver Lake Road, Staten Island, New York 10301
Tel: (718) 273-0331
Cell: (718) 577-7740

NORZ, Charles H.

Born 1937. President, Seacrest Associates, Inc. (Marine Consultants). Graduate U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 1959. Sailed as Third Officer for Grace Lines. States Marine Lines bulk division - two years in operations department. Triton Shipping, Inc (C.M. Lemos interests) - eleven years as Chartering Manager. Amerada Hess Corporation, twenty-two years, retired as senior Vice President in charge of supply and transportation department involving all aspects of marine transportation and supply operations. Bulk shipping instructor for the continuing education department at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Member: ABS, SNAME

Mailing Address: 25 Sheffield Street, Unit 10, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Telephone: (860) 388-2463
Fax: (860) 395-4224

NOTIAS, Nicholas X.

Vice President of Independence Maritime Agency, Inc., a shipping agency and brokerage firm. Extensive experience in the day to day commercial operations of dry-bulk carriers (handymax / panamax carriers), time/voyage charters, charter party disputes, laytime issues, ship S&P, insurance placement (H&M, P&I, War Risk), claims experience in cargo, P/A & G/A, technical experience in ship repairs and repair contracts, paint coatings and dry-dockings. Yachting industry experience for motor yachts including brokerage, construction and transport. Graduate Fordham University MBA '90, BA '88.
Member: ABS, Lloyds' Register American Committee

Mailing Address: Nicholas X. Notias, c/o Independence Maritime Agency, Inc., 45 Broadway - Suite 1840, New York, NY 10006
Telephone: (212) 425-8608
Fax: (212) 509-8681
Direct E-mail:
General Email:

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OGLE, Michael J.

Born 1960. VP Director Tanker Operations, Norton Lilly International (2013 = Present ). President Ruggiero & Ogle Motorship Agency, Inc.(R&O) (1985 - 2013). Agency manager, Bill Black Agency, Inc. (1979 - 1985). Extensive experience in agency/operations including crude/product/chemical tankers, as well as dry bulk. Member: ASBA (Director 1991 - 2011; President 2008 - 2009), CIANAM (President 2016 - 2018 ), CMA

Mailing address: Michael Ogle, 12803 SE Royal Troon Ct, Hobe Sound, Fl 33455
Telephone: (516) 488-1179 / cell (908) 209-1919
Personal Email:
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POE, Eddie J.

Born 1941. F.F.A. Broker, Pasternak, Baum & Co., Inc. Formerly: President, Liberty Chartering Inc., Vice President, Norton Lilly International Inc. President, Cast Ship Chartering Inc.; Vice President, Navios Corporation; Vice President and Chartering Manager of Greenwich Marine Inc. Sailed as a deck officer on U.S. flag vessels. Graduate of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and American Graduate School of International Management.

Mailing Address: 152 Ontario Avenue Staten Island, New York 10301
Home Telephone: (718) 981-3599
Cell phone: (914) 671-3034

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QUINN, William H.

Born 1951, Graduate S.U.N.Y. Maritime College, Fort Schuyler B.S. Marine Transportation, 1973. Sailed as third mate with Farrell Lines and Berwind Lines. Presently engaged in dry/wet cargo chartering services for Greenwich Shipping Services, Inc. in Island Park, NY. Previously associated with Commodity Specialists Company (Pillsbury), Philipp Brothers, Century Chartering, E.D.& F. Man, Marc Rich, Louis Dreyfus and Bunge Corporation. Extensive experience with all types of dry cargo, time/voyage charters, freight analysis and operations.

Mailing Address: Greenwich Shipping Services, Inc., PO Box 211, Island Park, NY 11558
Telephone: (516) 431-6800

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RING, John F., Jr.Click Here For Full Resume

Member of SMA since 1970. President Century Shipping USA, Inc. Adjunct Professor at USMMA and Director of the Global Maritime and Transportation School (Post Graduate School). Formerly Chartering Manager of Bunge Grain Co. (Voyage and Timecharters), President/CEO of Mercantile Marine, Inc. (Owners & Operators) and Partner, McQuilling Tanker Brokers. Extensive experience in all aspects of dry cargo and tanker marine transportation including vessel operations, chartering, sale & purchase and ship finance. Graduate of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and served at sea on U.S. Navy and Merchant vessels.
Member: AAA, ASBA, CMA, MLA(NL), NCB, NYMS, SNAME and trained mediator

Mailing Address: Century Shipping USA Inc. 550 Roslyn Road, East Williston, New York 11596-2013
Cell Phone: (917) 856-6160
Home Telephone: (516) 742-5219

ROACH, Captain Kevin J.

Born 1958. Proficient in all aspects of Chartering, Operations and Trading: Dry Bulk, Break-bulk and Tankers. Wide experience representing both, Owners and Charterers in Claims and Arbitrations relating to Dry and Tanker Time & Voyage Charter Party Disputes, Laytime, Voyage Performance, Vessel and Cargo Damage, Commodity Trading Contract Disputes, Inland Marine and Off-Shore Towing & Barging.

45+ Years' International Shipping Experience: Merchant Navy Officer and Captain; Shipbuilding Superintendent; Marine Surveyor and Port Captain; Fleet Operations Manager; Chartering Manager; Director, Legal Affairs, Insurance and Claims (Ship Owner); Tanker and Dry Bulk Shipbroker; Director, Logistics, Insurance and Claims (Trader/Charterer).

Master Mariner (Unlimited Gross Tons upon All Oceans) issued by the Ministry of Transport, United Kingdom. Sailed 18 years worldwide, incl. 5 years in Command on Bulk Carriers (Handy to Cape-Size), Heavy-lift/Container ships, Product and Crude Tankers.

26+ Years' Shore-based Management Positions, in the New York Tri-State: 11 years: Director, Legal Affairs and Claims; Head of Operations Desk (Van Ommeren Clipper; J. Lauritzen, Oldendorff Carriers); 5 years: Director, Logistics, Ins. & Claims: CSC Sugar LLC (Current); Honeywell Resins and Chemicals (Ocean Marine & Barging); 8 years: Deep Sea Tanker Broker and Dry Bulk Freight Trader (Odin Marine Group LLC; Dietze & Associates); 3 years: Principal Marine Surveyor: Vessel Inspections, Loading & Stability, Cargo Damage & Loss Investigations (Polaris Maritime LLC)

Education: 1978-1986: Liverpool Polytechnic; Fleetwood Nautical College, England; University of Ulster, Belfast Northern Ireland: On-going Professional studies leading up to certification as Navigating Officer, Chief Officer and Class 1-Master Mariner; 1993-1994: New York Maritime College: M.S. Transportation (attended): Maritime Law, Ocean Marine Insurance (Hull, P&I, Cargo)

Professional Memberships: Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA) New York; ACIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators); Freeman, Honourable Company of Master Mariners UK; Fellow, Royal Institute of Navigation; Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society; Member, Royal Institute of Naval Architects; Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers; Association of Supply Chain Managers

Honorary Ambassador, www.SoundWaters.Org - "Protecting Long Island Sound through Education"

Languages: English as native language; Conversational and Nautical Spanish, Italian and Greek

Mailing Address: Polaris Maritime LLC, 305 Stamford Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902

Cell Phone: (203) 969-8031
Landline: (203) 569-5622

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SCHILDT, Daniel J.

Born 1982. Currently Vice President of Chartering and Head of the Dry Cargo division, MTM Group which owns and operates a fleet of bulk carriers under the "Strategic" brand. Previously Commercial Manager of SEACOR Holdings Ocean Transport Division. Experienced in operations and chartering in tankers (chemical and product), dry bulk, towing, bunkering and barging which includes in depth knowledge of Time, Bareboat and Voyage charter party clauses in addition to management agreements. Responsibilities include project and investment management from development through execution including analysis, negotiation of sale and purchase contracts, non disclosure agreements and partnerships with exposure in financing.

Master of Science, Finance - Fairfield University
Bachelor of Science, International Maritime Business - Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Mailing Address:
586 Riverdale Drive, Stratford, CT 06615
Telephone: (203) 856-1657

SHAW, Robert G.

Born 1955. Past president of SMA. Managing director, Sea Trade Holdings Inc, a privately held owner of ultramax dry bulk ships. Member of the board of directors of Höegh LNG Partners, L.P. (NYSE ticker: HMLP) and of The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda) Limited. From 2000 to 2006, a director, president and previously executive vice president, Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. From 1980 to 2000, a partner and an associate of Healy & Baillie. Experienced in all commercial and legal aspects of vessel operations, charterparties, contracts of affreightment, ship purchase and sale and newbuilding contracts, freight derivatives, ship finance, shipping joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions of shipping enterprises, marine insurance and reinsurance matters and commodity sales disputes. Former US representative at the BIMCO Documentary Committee and former president and chairman of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce. Law graduate of Oxford University,1977. Admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales,1980, and the New York Bar, 1981. Fluent in Spanish and Greek.

Mailing address: 130 East End Avenue (Apt.12A), New York NY 10028
Telephone: (917) 415-3603

SHIRLEY, James (Jim), Jr.

Born 1943. Maritime Consultant with JTS Marine LLC. Graduate of USMMA (B.S.), Rutgers School of Law (J.D.), and USN School of Diving and Salvage. 1965-1981: Blue water shipping and marine salvage with service as a deck officer and salvage master on all types vessels and in shore side management. 1981-2009: Maritime litigation practice with Haight Gardner Poor & Havens and Holland & Knight LLP and partner in both firms. 2009-present: Owner/Principal Consultant in JTS Marine LLC. Unlimited USCG Master's License with service at sea in that capacity, and experience at sea and/or ashore with most maritime contract types and forms, ship handling and navigation, casualty investigations, cargo handling, and ship management.


Mailing Address: JTS Marine LLC
303 Hart Alley, Newtown PA 18940 USA
Office Telephone: (215) 968-1715
Mobile: (917) 873-2219


Born 1965. Graduate SUNY Maritime College (B.E.) and Concord Law School (JD), Sailed as Third Officer aboard U.S. Flag Tanker, (1988 - 1997) Demurrage Analyst and Ship Operator at Stolt Tankers, (1997-2017) Trading Operations & Chartering at Trammo, Inc., (2017 - 2019) Global Logistics Manager for Ravago LMT USA, LLC, (2019 - Present) President of OCD Logistics LLC. Accomplished professional with 30+ years' experience in the management of international & domestic movement of liquid bulk petroleum/petrochemical shipments both for an Owner and privately held international trading companies as Charterer. Extensive experience in drafting of charter party rider clauses and contract general terms & conditions. Chartering manager responsible for vessel fixtures necessary to move over two million tons of chemical product yearly. Lead executive responsible for handling legal claims arising under commercial contracts and vessel charters. Proactive in the resolution of commercial and vessel related claims regards to product loss, demurrage, offspec cargo, and general average. Recent and current consulting projects include renowned global chemical tanker Owner and several NYC and Houston based petrochemical trading companies.

Member: State Bar of California, US District Court for Southern CA, Maritime Law Association

Mailing Address: 448 Limestone Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Cell Phone: (203) 921-7568
Home Phone: (203) 431-9288


Born 1941. SMA member since 1974 and Past President SMA 1995-1997. President, Sentry Marine Services (shipbrokers and maritime contract and insurance risk management consultants). Formerly, President of Atlas Navigation Corp. and Vice President American Bulk Carriers Inc. (ABC) and Good Hope Shipping & Trading Corp. Former Senior Account Executive and Average Adjuster with marine insurance brokers John P. Tilden Ltd. , CEO of ABC's now dissolved Bermuda captive All Seas Insurance Co., insurance and claims manager for Admanthos Shipping Agency, Inc. Experienced in dry cargo, tanker, container-ship administration (including liner service contracts), chartering and ship operations, as well as ship sale and purchase. Extensive background in Hull, Machinery (including general average and salvage), cargo, P & I (including crew illness/injury ), pollution and Charterers' Legal Liability insurance claims. Served as Owner's on scene MIC for complex salvage (MV Mari Boeing at Bermuda ), refloating (S/T Cosmos Trader - Viet Nam) jettison of wetted hazmat DRIB cargo (MV Mount Athos - Panama ), discharge of infested corn cargo (Yukon Mart- Peru), post-casualty removal towage operations (S/T Atlantic-Haifa/Piraeus, MV Mari Boeing Bermuda/NY/Japan), and Charterer's on scene Representative for investigation and discharge of collapsed deck stow of loaded containers (MV Independent Spirit- Antwerp).
Member: AAA (M), AsAvAd (RA), CMA, MLA (NL)

Mailing Address: Sentry Marine Services, 9199 Chatham Circle, North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Telephone: (631) 360-3580
Fax: (631) 360-3581
Mobile Telephone: (631) 338-0270

SOUZA, Marcos

Born 1967, Maritime Arbitrator, currently Vice President of Operations - Dry Cargo division of MT Maritime Group responsible for the operational management of owned and time chartered bulk carrier fleet. Over 25 years of experience in the capacity of Charterer, Operator and Owner provide him hands-on experience with all aspects of voyage/vessel operations and extensive knowledge of Time Charter/Voyage Charter Parties and a wide range of P&I and FD&D disputes, including but not limited to: laytime, speed and consumption, bunker quality, regulatory compliance and cargo damage claims. He holds a B.S. Business Administration from Concordia College, NY. Bilingual proficiency: Portuguese.

Mailing Address: 2960 Post Road, Southport, CT 06890
Office:(203) 226 7882
Cell : (914) 671 3974

SPAULDING, Jr., Robert J.

Born 1957. Shipbroker, SPI Marine USA, Inc. specializing in the chartering of chemical, fertilizer, molasses, acid, gas and product tankers.

Formerly: Partner Quincannon Associates; Stolt-Nielsen operations department involved in vessel operations and cargo handling of chemical and product tankers as well as regulatory issues; Texaco's U.S. Fleet operations and labor relations departments handling vessel scheduling, operations and crewing issues. Sailed as a deck officer on Texaco's crude, product and specialty tankers.

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, NY in 1979.

Business Address: SPI Marine USA, Inc. 50a Calf Pasture Beach Road Cove Marina, East Norwalk, CT 06855
Telephone: (203) 642-0111

Mailing Address: 80 Upper Bay Road Sunapee, NH 03782
Cell: (203) 856-1388


Has been independently consulting since March 2016, and is an active Council Member with GLG Research Group. Anne's expertise in US domestic and foreign crude oil trading, comes from her 30+ years at Morgan Stanley as an Executive Director in the commodities department. During her time at Morgan Stanley she was instrumental in building their physical crude oil business, working closely with the sales and marketing desks within the commodities department as well as with the rest of the bank where crude oil expertise was called upon. She traded both paper swaps, futures and physical oil. This involved the supply of crude oil to refineries that were part of financing deals and traded a spec book in the US Domestic Basis market and Brent/WTI market based on research and arbitrage opportunities. Over the years she developed profitable trading strategies for West African and North Sea crude oil by developing longs and shorts to US and other global refining systems. She was involved in coordinating shipping logistics and collaborating with the freight department. She helped to identify refinery financing deals and pipeline inventory transactions working with the Structured Products Group as well as directly through her extensive relationships in the crude oil industry. Her career began at Cargill as an operations coordinator for the Petrochemical business and then as a operations coordinator in Crude Oil Trading which led to her becoming a trader in the early 80's before moving to Morgan Stanley. She is a C.W. Post graduate, receiving their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.

Mailing address: 18 Chester Drive, Great Neck, NY 11021
Phone: 516 643 3570

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TIMBERLAKE, Charles B. (Chas):

Born 1946 V.P./Partner Atlas Shipping Ltd. 1997-2018 drycargo operator handy to panamax vessels. 1984-1997 VP/Partner EKKO Chartering Corp NYC brokers cape/panmax for Docenave, Netubulk, other major grain/coal/ore charterers; began pipes/general cargo liner service USG/SAmerica. 1979-1982 Aquarius CC NY/NJ brokers for handy/hmax owner/operators. 1976-1979 Mercantile and Marine Inc. NYC chartering broker and liaison for London/Tokyo/Hamburg offices of major ship operating/owning entity.1970-1976 V.P./Partner International Navigation Ltd. Washington DC broker for PL480 Title I and II, USDA and AID grain and relief cargos, also Indian and Pakistan chartering missions. Experienced in COA, Timecharters, and 30 years in trading of bunkers and freight hedging derivative contracts. AB Economics (Intl) Georgetown University Washington DC 1968.

Mailing Address: 1343 Smith Ridge Rd New Canaan CT 06840
Telephone: 203-247-9747

TSIMIS, George J.

BORN 1966. Tufts University (B.A. 1988), Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1992). Currently Director of GJT Marine Consultants LLC providing risk management and maritime claims consultancy services for vessel owners, operators, charterers and insurers. Formerly Senior Vice President - Global Claims Director at Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. ("SCB"), Manager of the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association, Inc. ("American Club") from 2007 until 2018. Was also General Counsel for SCB (2007 - 2018), FD&D Manager at the American Club (2002 - 2008), and Managing Director of Shipowners Claims Bureau (Hellas), Inc. (2005 - 2008), which was the American Club's representative office in Piraeus, Greece. Involved in all aspects of P&I and FD&D insurances, as well as U.S. and international compliance matters at the American Club, including sanctions regulations, for over 16 years. Practiced maritime law in State and Federal Courts in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from 1992 through 2002, primarily at Chalos & Brown, P.C. Experienced in charter party disputes, cargo claims, insurance contract / coverage disputes, commercial disputes, contracts of affreightment, collisions, pollution related matters, third party property damage, salvage, wreck removal and other maritime related claims, as well as sanctions related matters. Certificate in commercial mediation training through the New York City Bar Association and the SMA.

Member: Maritime Law Association of the U.S., Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce.

Mailing Address: GJT Marine Consultants LLC, 212 Ryder Road, Manhasset, NY 11030
Mobile Telelephone: (917) 306-7711
Home Telephone: (516) 365-0593

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VENTURAS, Evangelos

Born 1942. President, Venturas Ship Chartering Ltd., a ship and cargo brokerage company founded in 1979. 1972-1979 United Operators Shipping Agencies Corp. New York Office of NJ Goulandris Ltd., London. Responsible for worldwide chartering and operations of dry cargo vessels and tankers. 1970-1972 Greenwich Marine Incorporated. Responsibilities included worldwide grain chartering and operations. 1968-1970 Cargill Incorporated, grain merchandising position. Graduate School of Business Administration, New York University, M.B.A. Degree in 1968.

Mailing Address: Venturas Ship Chartering Ltd., 7 Wilgarth Road, Bronxville, NY 10708
Office Telephone: (914) 961 3450
Cell: (914) 473-8777

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WARFIELD, James J.Click Here For Full Resume

Born 1944. Member of the SMA since 1994 and Past President 2013-2017. Prior to a period in the Wealth Management division of a large public trading company, from 1991 to 1999 was President of U.S. Titan, Inc. an oil shipping and trading company. Previously President, Burmpac Oil Company 1986-91. From 1973-86 with Burmah Oil Tankers Ltd. as Executive Vice President and President of Burmah Oil Transshipment Ltd. Emphasis of experience is the commercial, financial and operational aspects of oil tankers, oil terminals, and oil trading.

B.S. Economics 1966 Juniata College,
MBA 1975 New York Institute of Technology, Certified Financial Planner 2005

Mailing Address: 36 The Mews, Syosset, NY 11791
Home Telephone: (516) 496-4013
Cell: (516) 982-7583

WING, Jon P.

Born 1952. Presently a Maritime Consultant for proposal and contract preparation, strategy, dispute resolution, chartering, shipbuilding and repair for large commercial vessels. Retired Vice President Lockheed Martin, Maritime Systems and Sensors. 25 years with Lockheed Martin included multiple career positions of increased responsibility in contracts, finance and program management. Extensive experience contracting for and hands on management of shipbuilding and repair activity domestic and international. Obtained and performed international and domestic contracts for commercial and government customers related to shipbuilding and repair including design and build of SWATH oceanographic research vessel, high speed crew boats for offshore oil industry, tug and rescue vessels for foreign delivery, and development and production of Littoral Combat Ship. Managed government and commercial programs world wide for the integration of multiple complex Lockheed Martin systems and products. Managed and oversaw all maritime related contract and dispute activity. Worked very closely with outside counsel and experts in the presentation of Lockheed Martin maritime claims .Initial career activity included Ship Superintendent, machinery foreman for Bethlehem Steel Corp. at the Baltimore Ship Repair facility completing management training across all shipyard crafts and managing major ship overhauls and repair. 1974 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy marine engineering, licensed marine engineer. Graduate management studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Mailing Address: 2013 Gumtree Terrrace, Bel Air, MD 21015
Telephone: (410) 935-9077


Born 1951. Manager, Marine Claims, Global Risk Solutions, Inc.; formerly Director, Technical Marine Claims, Zurich NA.; Board of Subscribers, Water Quality Insurance Syndicate; Manager, Response Operations, Water Quality Insurance Syndicate; President, Southport Associates, Inc., with primary responsibilities including management of vessel pollution incidents and mortgagor/mortgagee insurance consulting; President, TBS Adjusting, Inc., with general U.S. commercial correspondent status on behalf of International Group P&I Club; graduated Middlebury College (B.A.) and Tulane University School of Law (J.D.); and formerly partner, Freehill Hogan & Mahar. Experienced in a full range of P&I, Liability, Cargo and pollution related claims, including ocean, tug/barge, and oil field.

Member: CMA, MLA

Mailing Address: PO Box 10, Reading, VT 05062

Mobile: (646) 430-4976


Born 1948. Ship broker and partner, Quincannon Associates, Inc., a ship brokerage firm specializing in the chartering of chemical, gas and product tankers. Acting as charterer's broker and consultant for chemical producers, oil companies and trading companies. Formerly chartering manager of Danish ship owner, Weco-Shipping I/S (Rederi A/S Dannebrog), responsible for chartering, operation and sale and purchase. Also worked for Reederei John T. Essberger, Hamburg and James Burness & Sons Ltd., London. Experienced in dry cargo and tanker chartering, operation and S&P. Member of BIMCO's Broker Expert Panel and the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ASBA)'s Board and Chairman of its Charter Party and Documentary Committee. Participated in the drafting of BIMCHEMVOY, ASBACHEMVOY, NYPE 2015 and ASBAGASVOY, Co-chair of the joint ASBA/BIMCO committee for the updating of ASBATANKVOY. Trained Mediator.

Member: ASBA, MLA (Adjunct)

Mailing Address: Quincannon Associates, Inc., Ten Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 1120, New York, NY 10020
Telephone: (212) 246-0060
Home Telephone: (516) 883-3462
Cell: (516) 236-3141

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