Preferred Maritime Lien Law and Legal Definition

Pursuant to 46 USCS § 31301 [Title 46. Shipping; Subtitle III. MARITIME LIABILITY; Chapter 313. Commercial Instruments and Maritime Liens;Subchapter I. General],"preferred maritime lien" means a maritime lien on a vessel:

(A) arising before a preferred mortgage was filed under section 31321 of this title [46 USCS § 31321];

(B) for damage arising out of maritime tort;

(C) for wages of a stevedore when employed directly by a person listed in section 31341 of this title [46 USCS § 31341];

(D) for wages of the crew of the vessel;

(E) for general average; or

(F) for salvage, including contract salvage.