flag of convenience


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flag of convenience

the grant of a shipping ‘flag’ by a country to a non-national vessel owner. Flags of convenience are usually issued by countries not noted for their participation in international treaties governing shipping rights, and while the ‘flag’ establishes the legal credentials of the ship it often acts as a cloak for illegal activities (e.g. catching fish in unauthorized waters).
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Summers said the incident came at a time when Australian seafarers were fighting to keep their jobs over flag of convenience crews.
ITF has identified thirty-two registries as flag of convenience style
"Former EU Fisheries Commissioner Franz Fischler described flag of convenience states as "a serious menace to today's maritime world".
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The flag of convenience (FOC) system is offered by some 29 maritime flags namely Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burma (Myanmar), Combodia, Cayman Islands, Comoros, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Germany (Second Register).
Mr Simitis then railed against a recent report in the French daily Le Monde which seriously called into question Greece and Piraeus' shipping sector for the problems caused by flag of convenience pirate ships that create tremendous environmental dangers.
'And then there is the criminal element which is using the protest as nothing more than a flag of convenience for that activity,' he added.
The offer by the Fisheries Agency concerns the so-called ''flag of convenience'' China-registered tuna-fishing boats that are actually owned by Taiwanese businesses to bypass mandatory catch quotas assigned to tuna-catching nations by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the agency said.
Abbett proceeded to rewrite New Jersey's corporate charter laws to make them a little like a Liberian flag of convenience. Pay the fee and you could do pretty much whatever you wanted.
WE can hardly turn our noses up at Rivaldo applying for joint nationality so he can fly under a Spanish flag of convenience with Barcelona.
"Ships that are registered under a flag of convenience do represent a danger risk, while others are normally safer," says Carsten Gelhaus, the manager for Hamburg-Sud in Santos, Brazil.