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CMA Shipping
40th Annual Expo & Conference
April 1-3, 2025Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA

Robert Shaw
Past President at Society of Maritime Arbitrators


Managing director, Sea Trade Holdings Inc, a privately-held dry bulk shipping investment vehicle.

Experienced in all commercial and legal aspects of dry bulk vessel and grain terminal operations, charterparties, contracts of affreightment, ship purchase and sale and newbuilding contracts, freight derivatives, ship finance, shipping joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and issuance of debt and equity by shipping enterprises, corporate governance and accounting, marine insurance and reinsurance matters and commodity sales disputes.

From 2000 to 2006, a director, president and previously executive vice president and general counsel, of Navios Maritime Holdings Inc., responsible for the overview of commercial operations of a fleet of over 40 owned and time chartered dry bulk carriers.

From 1980 to 2000, a partner and an associate of Healy & Baillie, LLP, a maritime and commercial law firm in New York.

Former member of the board of directors of Höegh LNG Partners, L.P. (formerly listed on NYSE with ticker: HMLP) and former chair of its Conflicts Committee charged with evaluating and negotiating fair market value on related party transactions for the protection of HMLP’s minority shareholders, and former member of HMLP’s audit committee.

Former board member of The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda) Limited and former chair of its committee charged with evaluating discretionary claims under the Association’s omnibus rule.

Former president and current board member of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc.
Former president and chair of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce.

Former chair and current board member of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Former US shipowner representative at the BIMCO Documentary Committee.

Law graduate of Oxford University.
Admitted to the New York Bar and the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Fluent in Spanish and Greek.

Agenda Sessions

  • The Future of Maritime Supply Chain Logistics: Inflation, near shoring and non-stop disruption