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GMAA-by whom?

1. Is the GMAA more biased towards shipowners or shippers?
It is neither nor. Or better formulated: it is advantageous for both. GMAA proceedings are favourable to those who use them and are therefore advantageous for both shipowners and charterers. The GMAA proceedings are fully neutral. The appointed arbitrators do not decide based upon who the shipowner is and who the charterer is, but rather objectively in accordance with the facts and relevant laws.
2. Can I appoint an arbitrator who is not a GMAA member or who has no legal background?
Yes. Anybody whom you trust and who appears to you to be suitable to decide independently and objectively can be appointed by you as arbitrator in GMAA proceedings (see § 2 para 1 Arbitration Rules).
3. In the case of an arbitral tribunal with only 2 and not 3 arbitrators, is there not always a stalemate?
No. The two arbitrators appointed by the parties view the issue independently and decide solely in accordance with the law and usually come to a consensus about the legal situation. Only in very rare cases do they not agree with one another. They then appoint a third arbitrator making a majority decision possible (§ 4 para 1 Arbitration Rules).
4. Can I influence my arbitrator so that a decision in my favour is made?
No. “My arbitrator” and “your arbitrator” do not exist as the arbitrators work for both sides. They are independent and objective (§ 5 para 1 Arbitration Rules). However, you should naturally be allowed, and you should try, to persuade the arbitrators in general to follow your view.
5. Are the proceedings confidential?
Yes. Only the arbitrators and the parties get to know about the arbitration proceedings (§ 5 para 1 Arbitration Rules). Not even the secretariat of the GMAA is informed about the contents of the proceedings. This is why there are – in contrast to other arbitration locations – no reliable data on how many GMAA arbitration proceedings are conducted.