What is the key difference between a maritime claim and a maritime lien?

A maritime claim depends on ownership of the vessel, whereas a maritime lien can be enforced against a vessel irrespective of ownership and despite a change of ownership. A maritime claim is created by statute, and in England requires the issue of a claim form (formerly called a writ) to bring it into existence. A maritime lien, on the other hand, does not require a court procedure to come into existence.

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When is a maritime lien created?

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