Maritime Lien Law and Legal Definition

A maritime lien is a lien on a vessel that is given to secure the claim of a creditor who provided maritime services to the vessel or who suffered an injury due to the usage of the vessel. This is also known as tacit hypothecation. Maritime lien is one of the most striking peculiarities of Admiralty law that constitutes a charge upon ships. This is a privileged claim upon maritime property, for service done to it or injury caused by it accruing from the moment when the claim attaches traveling with the property unconditionally, enforced by means of an action in rem.