Navigation Lien

A lien is defined as “the right to hold another person’s property until a debt: on it is paid,” and such is the case with a navigation lien when applied to spacefaring vessels. The transient nature of commercial and private vessels means that collecting debts on cargo. services performed [or not), or the vessel itself, is extremely difficult and expensive to undertake actively. A navigation lien against a vessel restricts it from lawfully entering or exiting any STC zone without advancing a minimum fee toward payment of the debt. If the vessel declares an emergency, h is allowed to enter and seek assistance, including docking. but may not leave without paying the fee, nor may h load or unload any cargo [false declaration of an emergency results in a 1,000,000 credit fine]. Personnel are not restricted to remain on the vessel, so long as the vessel &elf stays out of the STC Intentional violation of these navigation restrictions [including the false declaration of an emergency) is considered de facto consent to submit to binding arbitration in the matter The vessel is then effectively impounded until the arbitrator rules

Navigation Lien

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