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Recognized internationally as a leading forum for the arbitration of maritime and commercial disputes, the SMA is a professional non-profit organization established in New York in 1963. 

The mission of the SMA is to provide the maritime industry with qualified experienced professionals who resolve disputes in an impartial, timely and cost-efficient manner.

SMA members are required to observe strict ethical standards and to issue fully reasoned awards available through subscription to the SMA’s Awards Service as well as via the Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw information retrieval systems (although parties may agree that an award not be published).

The SMA charges no fee to the parties and neither oversees nor administers arbitrations under SMA Rules the application of which the parties may mutually alter or modify.  

See for SMA arbitration rules and mediation rules and forms, information concerning the more than 4,300 published SMA arbitration awards, member roster, and more.