MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
HAROLD BAER, JR.,
Petitioner, Lauritzen Kosan Tankers ("LKT"), moves to confirm an arbitration award rendered on June 23, 1995 against respondent, Chemical Tankers, Inc. ("CTI"). For the reasons indicated below, I confirm the award.
On or about August 30, 1994, petitioner and respondent entered into a written "charter party," or contract, for the shipment of ambient propylene from Yosu (South Korea) to Indonesia. The terms of the contract mandated arbitration of any disputes between the parties and specified New York as the site for potential arbitration. Grayson Aff. at 3. During the shipment, a dispute arose and both parties subsequently agreed that Manfred W. Arnold would be the sole arbitrator. Mr. Arnold's final judgment was in favor of petitioner, LKT.
Respondent, CTI, opposes the petitioner's motion for an order confirming the Award based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction and personal jurisdiction in the Southern District of New York. Both of these arguments are without merit.
Although the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) alone does not provide a federal district court with subject matter jurisdiction to confirm the decision of an arbitrator, General Atomic Co. v. United Nuclear Corp., 655 F.2d 968, 970 (9th Cir. 1981), cert. denied, 455 U.S. 948, 71 L. Ed. 2d 662, 102 S. Ct. 1449 (1982), the charter party agreement between LKT and CTI is a maritime contract that brings the dispute within the admiralty jurisdiction of the United States Courts, Fednav, Ltd. v. Isoramar, S.A., 925 F.2d 599, 601 (2d Cir. 1991). Additionally, by merely signing the charter party, which designated New York as the site for arbitration, CTI consented to personal jurisdiction in New York. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Lecopulos, 553 F.2d 842, 844 (2d Cir. 1977); Marine Trading Ltd. v. Naviera Commercial Naylamp S.A., 879 F. Supp. 389, 391 (S.D.N.Y. 1995).
Respondent also objects to petitioner's motion to confirm the Award based on improper venue. Section 9 of the FAA provides, in relevant part, as follows:
If the parties in their agreement have agreed that a judgment of the court shall be entered upon the award made pursuant to the arbitration, and shall specify the court, then . . . any party to the arbitration may apply to the court so specified for an order confirming the award. . . . If no court is specified in the agreement of the parties then such application may be made to the United States court in and for the district within which such award is made.