The Uniqueness of Admiralty and Maritime Law: The Unique Nature of Maritime Liens

This Article provides an overview of the unique, interesting, and historic world of maritime liens. It covers the history of maritime liens; the fundamental differences between maritime liens and state law liens, maritime lien creation, scope, execution, ranking, collection, and extinguishment; as well as giving general guidance to shipowners, cargo interests, chandlers, suppliers, and others involved in maritime commerce regarding maritime lien issues that arise in their operations.