46 U.S.C. § 31342 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 46. Shipping § 31342. Establishing maritime liens

(a)  Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a person providing necessaries to a vessel on the order of the owner or a person authorized by the owner--

(1)  has a maritime lien on the vessel;

(2)  may bring a civil action in rem to enforce the lien;  and

(3)  is not required to allege or prove in the action that credit was given to the vessel.

(b)  This section does not apply to a public vessel.

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