Demurrage Lien – the lien of a carrier by ship or rail upon a shipment for unpaid demurrage (delay in shipping) charges


1. A sum of money due by way of compensation for the loss of earnings of a vessel by an improper delay or detention of the vessel.  48 Am J1st Ship § 606.

A word derived from the maritime law but applied to railroad cars, meaning, in this respect, the charges imposed by a carrier by rail for the detention of the cars beyond the time reasonably required for the loading or unloading thereof.  13 Am J2d Car § 480. [1]

demurrage lien:

1. A carrier’s lien on goods for any unpaid demurrage charges. [2]

1. The lien of a carrier by rail upon a shipment for unpaid demurrage charges.  13 Am J2d Carriers § 501.

The lien of a shipowner upon cargo for demurrage charges unpaid, enforceable in admiralty by an action in rem.  48 Am J1st Ship § 615. [1]


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[1]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[2]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4


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