- the detention in port of a vessel by the shipowner, as in loading or unloading, beyond the time allowed or agreed upon.
- the similar undue detention of a railroad car, truck, etc.
- a charge for such undue detention.
Origin of demurrage
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Examples from the Web for demurrage
A ship unjustly detained, as a prize, is entitled to demurrage.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
At all events, the demurrage must be frequent, vexatious, and expensive.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 14)
Archer Butler Hulbert
Are you going to stick me for any demurrage on the vessel, Cappy?Cappy Ricks Retires
Peter B. Kyne
We have delayed you a day, and if you will put in a bill for demurrage, I will approve it.The Outlet
There was also an extra charge for demurrage or delays on the road attributable to the traveller himself.The Post Office of India and its Story
- the delaying of a ship, railway wagon, etc, caused by the charterer's failure to load, unload, etc, before the time of scheduled departure
- the extra charge required as compensation for such delay
- a fee charged by the Bank of England for changing bullion into notes
C17: from Old French demorage, demourage; see demur
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Word Origin and History for demurrage
1640s, from Old French demorage, from demorer (see demur).
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