Marine Log

October 11, 2006

Clustering in the Apple

A seminar entitled "New York Maritime Matters: The future of New York's maritime cluster in a global economy" will be held October 26 at the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University School of Law. Sponsored by New York Maritime (NYMAR), The Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA) and the Fordham University School of Law, the seminar will be held from 1.00-5.00 pm, followed by a wine reception.

The organizers say the event "will bring together recognized leaders from various sectors of the New York maritime cluster to discuss the relationship between the industry and the New York community."

Setting the stage will be Professor Joseph Sweeney of Fordham Law; Mary Helen Carlson, US Department of State; the Honorable Charles S. Haight, USDJ; James Craig, President of the American Institute of Marine Underwriters, and Joe Hughes, Chairman & CEO of Shipowners Claims Bureau.

Discussing the attributes of the maritime cluster will be William Ellis, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; Robert Flynn of Mallory, Jones, Lynch Flynn & Associates, Matt McCleery of Marine Money and Peter Shaerf of AMA Capital Partners.

"Our goal is to assemble the stakeholders in the New York maritime cluster to take a serious and honest look at the future prosperity of the region's maritime and maritime-related commerce." stated Bill Honan, NYMAR President and Holland & Knight partner..

Klaus Mordorst, President of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, added "It is time to take stock and identify our strengths as a maritime cluster, and our strategy for bolstering its visibility and productivity."

NYMAR is a member based association of stakeholders in the New York Maritime Cluster whose goal is to promote the benefits of the region's vibrant maritime community.

To register for the seminar, please go to The event is free.