Association of Ship Brokers & Agents (USA) Inc.
MAY 2015

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New York Maritime Consortium’s 

“Very Off-Broadway” Arbitration Event a Hit

ASBA was a proud supporter of this event!

Press Release by Carleen Lyden-Kluss

May 11, 2015--  On May 1st, the New York Maritime Consortium (a coalition of leaders from New York Maritime Inc. (NYMAR), the Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA), the Maritime Law Association (MLA) and the Association of Shipbrokers and Agents (ASBA)) hosted an event  called “Seven Days in May:  Resolving your Arbitration Insecurities.”  A real world scenario involving a marine casualty was played out culminating in an arbitration hearing and award.  In the words of NYMAR Chairman, Clay Maitland, it was a “Very Off-Broadway production”.
Industry professionals played the roles of participants in the events and hearing, which highlighted the benefits of New York arbitration.  Throughout the program, which featured a combination of stage performances and video production written by Freehill Hogan & Mahar’s, Don Murnane, the audience was asked to vote on how they would have acted in the circumstances and how they would resolve the disputes.  The results of each vote were immediately tabulated and displayed.
Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons led the audience through the production as the narrator in a scenario involving the fictitious “Diligent Voyager”, a ship owned by “All Aces Chemical Carriers, Ltd.” (with Freehill Hogan & Mahar’s Bill Juska playing the role of the owner and chartered by “Fidelity Chartering, Ltd,” represented by Charles Taylor P&I LeRoy Lambert) which is carrying a seemingly benign parcel of paraffin wax that ignites causing other tanks to explode just outside New York Harbor.  Complicating the investigation is false testimony given by the Chief Mate (played by the SMA’s Tom Fox) and Third Mate (Holland & Knight’s Blythe Daly) as well as press coverage of the explosion and counsel retained by one of the accident’s victims (played by Liz Burrell).  A panel of SMA Arbitrators composed of Robert Shaw (Panel Chairman), Molly McCafferty of Clipper Bulk Shipping, and Bengt Nergaard.  Counsel for the owner was played by Don Murnane with counsel for the Charterer played by Leo Kailas of Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt.


In January of this year, we asked our Affiliate (owner/operator and charterer members) and Broker Members to complete a survey to assist member agents in identifying the criteria deemed most important in their appointment of a ship's agent.  As you will recall, our Agent Member Certification celebrated 10 years this past February presenting the perfect opportunity for us to revisit our certification requirements.  I want to extend our thanks to those who took time to share their thoughts.

Here are the results - from MOST to LEAST important:

1.  Past Experience with the Agency Company
2.  Fiscally Responsible Agency Company
3.  Experience with the specific cargo
4.  Trained Boarding Agent
5.  Experience with the vessel
6.  Insurance Coverage
7.  Agency Fee
8.  Broker/Charterer Referral

This survey confirmed the results from a similar survey taken in October of 2013 at the Cargo Conference.   Interestingly enough, the agency fee appears to be of least importance when compared with the other appointment criteria.  However, our agent member experience has been significantly different.  We realize that these are indeed difficult times for many in the industry.  When times are tough, principals need to be able count on their ship's agent to ensure a smooth and expedited vessel call.  Can't think of a better way to minimize a principal's risk than through the appointment of an ASBA Certified/FONASBA Quality Standard agent even if they aren't proposing to handle the appointment at the lowest agency fee available.


March 23, 2015 - Hudson Grille - Stamford, CT
James Pendered, Robin King, Paul Hirtle, Marygrace Collins, Jeremy Penn,
Jeanne Cardona, Chris Young & Susanne Ogle
YSBA Lunch
April 24, 2015 - Stamford, CT
Guest Speaker
Marygrace Collins
Partner at Bulkore Chartering
Past ASBA and FONASBA President

YEAR BOOK 2015 - 2016

Our sincere apologies for not including NAODAN's Company Profile.

NAODAN Chartering Inc. is an independent dry-cargo ship brokerage company located on beautiful Mercer Island about 10 minutes east of Seattle, Washington U.S.A. Established in June of 1992, NAODAN has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to the timber industry facilitating worldwide ocean transportation. Our staff can assist in all aspects of your ocean transportation needs, from the initial charter negotiations to final resolution of voyage accounts.
With a focus on relationships, our brokerage service also includes vessel period time charter and voyage charter of all dry bulk commodities. You can trust NAODAN’s knowledgeable staff to provide a high level of service and attention to detail.
Tel: (206) 275-3984
Fax: (206) 275-3981
2448 76th Ave. S.E. #214
Mercer Island, WA 98040 U.S.A.

Golf Outing

May 7, 2015 - New York Country Club


FIRST PLACE (9 under)
JH Kim               Dang Yi
JK Lee               WJ Cha
SECOND PLACE (8 under)
Dennis Fuller     Greg Kurantowicz
Will Crabtree      Brian Ledwith
THIRD PLACE (8 under)
Chris DeSantis   Jarrett Malizio     
Keith Long          Jim Hurley
Longest Drive #14
Jarrett Malizio
Closest to Pin #3
Drew Balshi
Closest to Pin #12
James Amiss
Many Thanks

GAC Shipping (USA) Inc.
General Steamship Agencies
T. Parker Host, Inc.
L &  R Midland, Inc.
MID-Ship Group LLC
McAllister Towing &
    Transportation Co., Inc.
Monjasa Inc.
Moran Shipping Agencies
NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV
Overseas Marine Services
Transmarine Chartering, Inc.
Transmarine Navigation  Corp.
Monjasa Inc.
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June 4, 2015                      ASBA/WGMA 
                                           Houston, TX
Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2015        Annual Cargo Conference
                                           Eden Roc Resort - Miami Beach, FL




M. J. Gruber & Co., Ltd.
405 Park Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY  10022
Tel: 212-826-9400

Miral Shipping Corporation
P. O. Box 456
Quogue, NY  11959
Tel: 212-758-6700

Pending Agent Certification *

Basden Agencies, Inc.  *
1009 W. McNeese Street
Lake Charles, LA  70605
Tel: 337-479-2424
Fax: 337-479-2521

Mentz Maritime Agency, Inc.  *
401 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Suite 206
Metairie, LA  70005
Tel: 504-834-2001
Fax: 504-617-6584



Tormar Inc.
2560 Notre-Dame
Lachine, QC, Canada H8S 2G9
Tel: 514-675-1041
Fax: 514-696-9234

Newly Certified
ASBA Agent

Wallem Americas Inc.
14950 Heathrow Forest Parkway Suite 130
Houston, TX  77032
Tel: 281-377-8175
Fax: 281-605-1777


Congratulation Students!



Brian D. Parks

Home Study Course 

Steven J. L. Lloyd
Stephen Mark Newton
Matthew T. Trautman
Robert Wynne


Marine Insurance Seminar
Houston, TX

Matthew Clarke
John P. King
Lynda M. Lee
Jordan F. McDonald
Mindy Nelson
Carlos Romero



Commercial Trade Transactions
Online Course

Samuel Gross
Brian D. Parks
D. John Robinson
Sietske de Vos

Business of Shipping I - Cartagena

Carlos Rodriguez Borda
Gisella Bellini Cabrera
Alejandra Botero Ospina
James Bryant

Mauricio Enrique Cabrera Iriarte
Daniella Chacon Mendoza
Diego Dorronsoro Elkouri
Rene Alejandro Escobar Leiva
Enrique Esparragoza
Elizabeth Gutierrez Leal
Marios Malikoutis
Maria Claudia Martelo Lozano
Orlando Enrique Martinez Bustillo
Juan Manuel Murillo Jaramillo
Angelica Maria Olmos Torres
Carla Cecilia Patino Varela
Eduardo Silva Ardila
Joaquin Solano
Juan Trujillo

Diana Villarreal
Carlos Alberto Zamora Munoz
510 Syvlan Avenue, Suite 201
Englewood Cliffs, NJ  07632
Tel:  201-569-2882  -  Fax:  201-569-9082
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