a person who owns a ship or ships.

1520–30; ship + owner Unabridged
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shipowner (ˈʃɪpˌəʊnə)
a person who owns or has shares in a ship or ships

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Example sentences
Maintenance and cure is a broad contractual obligation that is not dependant upon the fault or the negligence of the shipowner.
Act as shipowner's agent in dealing with customs officials.
The shipowner would follow with its evidence with respect to a lack of fault, privity, and knowledge.
The warranty arises under operation of contract but extends to all foreseeable parties, including the employees of the shipowner.
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