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Nordic Offshore & Maritime Arbitration Association

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Facilitating international arbitration in the Nordic countries

WHY

The Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association was established 28 November 2017 on the initiative of the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Maritime Law Associations. The Nordic countries have long traditions for settling disputes within the maritime- and offshore industry by arbitration. Traditionally, ad hoc arbitration has been dominant in the Nordics, particularly in Norway and Denmark, while Sweden and Finland have stronger traditions for institutional arbitration.

 

In a globalized field as the shipping- and offshore, the Nordic industry and the Nordic legal environment recognize that it will be useful to develop an even more common approach to Nordic arbitration. In this context, the Maritime Law Associations together with the industry has developed the Rules and Best Practice of the Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association, in order to promote transparent and cost-efficient arbitrations.

WHY
BOD

Board of Directors

The Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association has a new Board of Directors as of 22 November 2023: 

  • Annica (Börjesson) Nordberg, Claims Manager  

  • Camilla Søgaard Hudson, Advokat 

  • Svante O. Johansson, Justitieråd

  • Peter Sandell, Senior Lecturer  

  • Lauri Railas, Advokat & Dispaschör

  • Knut Erling Øyehaug, Advokat

  • Mathias Steinø, Advokat (H)

  • Christian Hauge, Advokat (H) - (Chair)

Moreover, Marcus Gjeruldsen Spillum continues as secretary to the board.

Standing Revision Committee (SRC)

NOMA's mission is to offer market leading products for efficient and transparent dispute resolution with a Nordic flavour. Hence, there is a continuous need to keep all the NOMA Products up to date and in line with "best practice". To achieve this, NOMA has established a Standing Revision Committee (SRC):

  • Johnny Herre, Member

  • Peter Arnt Nielsen, Member

  • Amund Bjøranger Tørum, Member

  • Lauri Railas, Member

  • Maria Linn Riis, SRC Secretary

Procedural Committee

NOMA has established a Procedural Committee with members from Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway respectively. The members are:

  • Johnny Herre

  • Jon Stokholm

  • Peter Sandell

  • Amund Bjøranger Tørum

  • Knut Erling Øyehaug, acting as President of the committee

Nordiske Domme

Nordiske Domme i Sjøfartsanliggender («Nordic Maritime Judgments») contains arbitration awards and judgments from Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The publication is the go-to publication for shipping and offshore practitioners in the Nordic countries.

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MEDIA

Arbitration in Norway – benefits of NOMA vs. ad hoc arbitration

Date: 03.07.2020

Morten Valen Eide and Stian Holm Johanessen highlights the benefits of agreeing to arbitration under the rules of NOMA – the Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association vs. ad hoc arbitration.

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The Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association - pushed forward with the three-blade propeller of efficiency

Date: 25.03.2020

Jens V. Mathiasen from Gorrissen Federspiel, Denmark, has written a paper on Nordic Arbitration that has been accepted by this year's International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators. The paper focuses on the efficiency of Nordic Arbitration, and is now available on their website.

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Overview: Nordic Arbitration - NOMA – already a success story

Date: 30.12.2018

In 2017, the Nordic Offshore & Maritime Arbitration Asscociation ("NOMA") was established at the initiative of the Nordic countries' Maritime Law Associations.

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Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration

Date: 13.12.2018

The Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association was launched earlier this year with the aim at providing high-quality, cost-effective and quick dispute resolution as an alternative to the ordinary courts, ad hoc arbitrations as well as London arbitration.

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SUKSESS FOR NYTT, NORDISK VOLDGIFTSINSTITUTT

Date: 29.09.2018

Det nye, nordiske voldgiftsinstituttet Noma / Nordic Arbitration har allerede blitt satt som voldgiftsløsning for et stort antall avtaler innen shipping, og har fått med seg tidligere justitiarius Tore Schei i styret.

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«BEST PRACTICE» I NORSK OG NORDISK VOLDGIFT OG NOMAS GUIDELINES

Date: 20.09.2018

Dr. juris Amund Bjøranger Tørum, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt: Norsk og nordisk ad hoc voldgift er inne i en brytningstid. Når man ikke vet nøyaktig hvor man er på vei, kan det være nyttig å se på hvor man kommer fra.

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NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS, THE NORDIC OFFSHORE AND MARITIME ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION

Date: 12.07.2018

Following recent meetings in Copenhagen, The Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association ("Nordic Arbitration") has elected a new Board of Directors, and in total there are now 12 board members. The meetings in Copenhagen represent a milestone in the development of the Association. Key developments include that the Nordic Arbitration clause already has been incorporated into a number of contracts. There are high expectations that the arbitration clause will be incorporated in the 2019 revision of the Nordic Marine Insurance Plan, and other standard agreements

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POSTSEMINAR: NORDIC OFFSHORE AND MARITIME ARBITRATION – EN LANSERING AV NYTT VOLDGIFTSINSTITUTT

Date: 25.04.2018

Redegjørelse for NOMAs regelverk: Georg Scheel
Fremtidsperspektiver fra de nordiske land: Peter Appel (Danmark), Stefan Brocker og Jørgen Almelöv (Sverige), Niklas Langenskiöld og Nora Gahmberg (Finland), Geir Gustavsson (Norge).

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MEDIA

Lessons learned - Time and Cost Efficiency in NOMA Arbitration
Edition: April 2024

In this fresh article, Anders Amstrup Fournais Kristine Emanuel Sørensen of HAFNIA LAW FIRM write about their positive experiences drawn from acting as counsel in five NOMA arbitration cases in Denmark where awards were issued.

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Søfart - Danmarks maritime fagmedie|Enhanced regulations for mediation in maritime conflicts are forthcoming
Edition: December 2023

Jon Stokholm and Peter Appel's last piece in Søfart - Danmarks maritime fagmedie, highlighting the advantages of NOMA and the new NOMA Mediation Rules.

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Skeppsmäklarnytt |Time to change the agreement?
Edition: November 2023

In this piece in Skeppsmäklarnytt (Sveriges Skeppsmäklareförening monthly member's magazine)., Annica (Börjesson) Nordberg compellingly argues that it's "dags att ändra avtalen" (English: "time to change the agreement"), advocating for the adoption of NOMA.

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Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association (NOMA) – An Update
Edition: November 2023

Written by Mathias Steinø, Hafnia Law Firm (Denmark).

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Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association (NOMA) – An Update
Edition: September 2023

Written by Knut Erling Øyehaug in Nordisk Skibsrederforening.

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Skipsmegleren | Why you should consider opting for NOMA arbitration for your next contract
Edition: 216 (Summer 2022)

In the 2021 summer edition of Skipsmegleren, Thommessen gave a good overview of Nordic Offshore & Maritime Arbitration as a viable alternative for commercial dispute resolution in shipping and offshore matters. On that backdrop, we will provide a short update on what Nordic Offshore & Maritime Arbitration Association (NOMA) can offer – with focus on the situation when you are about to enter into a contract under which potential disputes shall be subject to arbitration.

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Skipsmegleren | Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration – a viable alternative for commercial dispute resolution in shipping and offshore matters
Edition: 216 (Summer 2021)

The Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association (“NOMA”) was established in 2017 at the initiative of the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Maritime Law Associations. A key purpose was to develop a more common approach to arbitration in the Nordic countries with a set of Rules and Best Practice Guidelines supplementing statutory regulation on arbitration in Norway and the other Nordic countries. The Rules and Best Practice Guidelines are aimed at providing an efficient, transparent and predictable process for the resolution of commercial disputes.

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Shipping | NOMA – Introduction of new Fast Track Arbitration Rules
Date: 06.05.2021

The Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association (NOMA) has introduced a set of new Fast Track Arbitration Rules with the purpose to facilitate for faster and less expensive arbitration proceedings for disputes involving smaller and less complicated claims.

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NORDISK CIRCULAR - NOMA introduces new fast track arbitration rules
Date: 03.05.2021

The NOMA (Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration) arbitration rules, also referred to as “Nordic Arbitration”, were introduced to the Scandinavian market in 2017 and have turned out to be popular.

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Arbitration in Norway – benefits of NOMA vs. ad hoc arbitration

Date: 03.07.2020

Morten Valen Eide and Stian Holm Johanessen highlights the benefits of agreeing to arbitration under the rules of NOMA – the Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association vs. ad hoc arbitration.

Les mer

The Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association - pushed forward with the three-blade propeller of efficiency

Date: 25.03.2020

Jens V. Mathiasen from Gorrissen Federspiel, Denmark, has written a paper on Nordic Arbitration that has been accepted by this year's International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators. The paper focuses on the efficiency of Nordic Arbitration, and is now available on their website.

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Noma allt vanligare vid sjörättstvister

Date: 21.11.2019

Under Svenska Sjörettsföreningens höstmöte var tvistlösning och särskilt Noma emnet för dagen.  Noma är det nye Nordiska regelverket för sjörettsliga tvister. 

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Overview: Nordic Arbitration - NOMA – already a success story

Date: 30.12.2018

In 2017, the Nordic Offshore & Maritime Arbitration Asscociation ("NOMA") was established at the initiative of the Nordic countries' Maritime Law Associations.

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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS of Nordic Arbitration is focusing on maintaining and develop the Association's Rules and Best Practice. 
This may include the development of a  "small claim procedure" and a "fast track” option.

Date: 06.12.2018

There are some details, misspelling of words etc. in Best Practise that will be corrected.
The Association receives comments and questions of the interpreting of  some of the clauses, such as if Best Practice reflect the Nordic tradition of the duty to disclose documents. The Board of Directors will look into such items, and suggest changes if appropriate.

NEW NORDIC ARBITRATION CLAUSE IN THE PLAN

Date: 30.10.2018

The new version of the Plan now includes an arbitration clause referring disputes to arbitration under NOMA Rules (Nordic Offshore & Maritime Arbitration Association). This is optional for a Nordic claims leader but the default  for a non-Nordic claims leader. This may come as a surprise to some.

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SUKSESS FOR NYTT, NORDISK VOLDGIFTSINSTITUTT

Date: 29.09.2018

Det nye, nordiske voldgiftsinstituttet Noma / Nordic Arbitration har allerede blitt satt som voldgiftsløsning for et stort antall avtaler innen shipping, og har fått med seg tidligere justitiarius Tore Schei i styret.

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«BEST PRACTICE» I NORSK OG NORDISK VOLDGIFT OG NOMAS GUIDELINES

Date: 20.09.2018

Dr. juris Amund Bjøranger Tørum, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt: Norsk og nordisk ad hoc voldgift er inne i en brytningstid. Når man ikke vet nøyaktig hvor man er på vei, kan det være nyttig å se på hvor man kommer fra.

Les mer

NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS, THE NORDIC OFFSHORE AND MARITIME ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION

Date: 12.07.2018

Following recent meetings in Copenhagen, The Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association ("Nordic Arbitration") has elected a new Board of Directors, and in total there are now 12 board members. The meetings in Copenhagen represent a milestone in the development of the Association. Key developments include that the Nordic Arbitration clause already has been incorporated into a number of contracts. There are high expectations that the arbitration clause will be incorporated in the 2019 revision of the Nordic Marine Insurance Plan, and other standard agreements

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NORDIC OFFSHORE AND MARITIME ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION: COULD THE NORDIC MARITIME MODEL ATTRACT A WIDER AUDIENCE?

Date: 26.03.2018

NOMA began operations early this year, and its rules and best practice suggest a more pragmatic, quicker and cheaper service than traditional institutions.

NOMA was established as an initiative of the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Maritime Law Associations, with support from law firms and academics in the industry. It promotes the use of arbitration to resolve disputes and is primarily aimed at the shipping sector where at least one party is Nordic. However, the question arises whether it could attract a wider audience, particularly after Brexit. Nothing prevents non-Nordic parties or non-shipping disputes to be heard before the association.

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NORDIC OFFSHORE AND MARITIME ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION: COULD THE NORDIC MARITIME MODEL ATTRACT A WIDER AUDIENCE?

Date: 26.03.2018

NOMA began operations early this year, and its rules and best practice suggest a more pragmatic, quicker and cheaper service than traditional institutions.

NOMA was established as an initiative of the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Maritime Law Associations, with support from law firms and academics in the industry. It promotes the use of arbitration to resolve disputes and is primarily aimed at the shipping sector where at least one party is Nordic. However, the question arises whether it could attract a wider audience, particularly after Brexit. Nothing prevents non-Nordic parties or non-shipping disputes to be heard before the association.

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