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WHARFINGER. One who owns or keeps a wharf, for the purpose of receiving and shipping merchandise to or from it, for hire.
     2. Like a warehouseman, (q.v.) a wharfinger is responsible for ordinary neglect, and is therefore required to take ordinary, care of goods entrusted to him as such. The responsibility of a wharfinger begins when he acquires, and ends when he ceases to have the custody of the goods in that capacity.
     3. When he begins and ceases to have such custody depends generally upon the usages of trade and of the business. When goods are delivered at a wharf, and the wharfinger has agreed, expressly or by implication, to take the custody of them, his responsibility commences; but a mere delivery at the wharf, without such assent, does not make him liable. 3 Campb. R. 414; 4 Campb. R. 72; 6 Cowen, R. 757. When goods are in the wharfinger's possession to be sent on board of a vessel for a voyage, as soon as he delivers the possession and the care of them to the proper officers of the vessel, although they are not actually removed, he is, by the usages of trade, deemed exonerated from any further responsibility. 5 Esp. R. 41; Story, Bailm. Sec. 453 Abbott on Ship. 226; Molloy, B. 2. 2, s. 2; Roccus, Not. 88; Dig. 9, 4, 3.

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Local businessmen were so happy they held a dinner on his behalf and presented him with a silver tankard, inscribed: "Presented to Mr Joseph Price by the shippers and manufacturers of lead, and the wharfingers of the goods trade, between Newcastle and London, as a mark of their appreciation for his zeal and spirited exertions in the application of steamboats to the towing of vessels upon the river Tyne.
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Diane Boskovich, a 29-year Port of Los Angeles veteran, has been promoted from assistant chief wharfinger - a position she held for the last three years - to chief wharfinger.
In her new role, Boskovich plans, organizes and directs the activities of both wharfinger and administrative staff in the collection of all shipping service fees and assessments in accordance with Port tariffs and agreements.
She has come up through the Port of Los Angeles ranks and knows the Wharfinger Division bottom to top.
During her tenure at the Port, Boskovich has been credited with producing the Wharfinger Division's first procedure manual and developing a database that correctly invoiced power costs to customers operating Port-owned container cranes.
In addition to her years of experience in the Wharfinger Division, Boskovich also worked as a student worker in the Port's Planning and Research Division while attending Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro.