Maritime Lien

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Name for a category of liens that stem from admiralty law and do not necessarily depend on a contract or local statute for their existence.  A common feature of maritime liens is that they attach to the item of property itself (most often, a ship or other seafaring vessel).  As a result, maritime liens may continue to stay in effect even after the property is sold in good faith to a bona fide purchaser without knowledge of the lien.