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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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Lower operating costs: Ship owners who use flags of convenience can save costs mainly on the crew wages and the maintenance costs.
61) many ships registered under flags of convenience have never even
The phenomenon of flags of convenience ship registration thus suggests that in some contexts, regulatory havens will exist and will draw industry actors.
And a concerted international campaign should be launched to root out the cowboy operators flying under flags of convenience.
The study commissioned by the environmental group WWF, the Australian government and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) said flags of convenience are the cornerstone of the illegal fishing industry.
He raises the issue of ships registered under flags of convenience, and the fact that some of the registering countries accept no responsibility for the ships.
For far too long, many supermarkets have been using tertiary brands as flags of convenience to sell products that do not meet standards of animal welfare specified for their own label lines.
Yes, they risk losing their cargoes to pirates, but in return, the lack of regulation allows them to boost their profits by using flags of convenience and the other oddities of ocean law that have developed over the past 500 years.
As a result, flags of convenience and false certificates for merchant navy officers were the issues that most needed to be tackled.
REPORTS show that more than half the 53 merchant vessels chartered for the present conflict with Iraq are operating under flags of convenience (a ship that flies the flag of a country other than the country of ownership) with only eight of the others flying the British Red Ensign flag.
It was suggested yesterday that poorly paid, badly trained, overworked and tired seamen are operating many ships sailing under flags of convenience, and that the infrastructure for training future mariners here has almost worn itself into the ground.
RUST-bucket ship owners flying under dubious flags of convenience are to be targeted under a new safety crackdown planned by Marine Minister Frank Fahey.