Legal Definition and Related Resources of Dunnage

Meaning of Dunnage

Pieces of wood or other material placed against the sides and bottom of the hold of a vessel, to preserve the cargo from the effect of leakage, according to its nature and quality. Abb. Shipp. 227.


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Dunnage in Maritime Law

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The following is a definition of Dunnage, produced by Tetley, in the context of admiralty law: Material (usually lumber) used to secure cargo in containers and ships’ holds in order to prevent shifting and resulting damage during the voyage. See The Milly Gregos, S.M.A. No. 2190 (Arb. N.Y. 1986); M.C.C., 4 Ed., 2008 at p. 1295.




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