Dispute Resolution

Each person or entity submitting claim of lien, in so doing, agrees to the following process for the resolution of disputes concerning the accuracy, or continued existence of the lien claimed. Any claim of lien expunged as pursuant to Paragraph b., below, will not be accepted for reentry once expunged, and any person or entity which files more than three (3) such claims will be barred from filing any further claims.

The procedures outlined below take in to account the legal reality that maritime liens may only be enforced by an action in rem pursuant to the law where the vessel is found and an action to enforce the lien is commenced. The notices filed with MarineLiens.com are simply claims of lien.

A vessel owner may challenge any claim of lien posted on MarineLiens.com by accessing the claim on the MarineLiens.com site, and responding to the claim. The response will be automatically e-mailed to the Claimant. That e-mail shall state with specificity the facts or legal theories supporting the challenge. In the event that either:

  • The party claiming the lien responds to the challenge with a rebuttal that addresses the facts or legal theories supporting the challenge within thirty (30) business days after the challenge is made, both the challenge and the rebuttal will remain of record on MarineLiens.com until the issues between the parties are resolved and reported to MarineLiens.com;
  • or

  • The party claiming the lien either does not respond to the challenge with a rebuttal that addresses the facts or legal theories supporting the challenge within thirty (30) business days after the challenge is made or fails to communicate directly with the Vessel’s Owner the claim of lien will be expunged from MarineLiens.com’s records.