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flag of convenience

a national flag flown by a ship registered in that country to gain financial or legal advantage
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There are specific advantages for using flags of convenience instead of the traditional/closed flag registries the most important of which are the following:
So, how is this tragic incident related to flags of convenience?
Whether this effort to avoid being tracked at sea will be more effective than changing the registration of NITC vessels to flags of convenience is doubtful.
"Flags of convenience are living proof that the free market practice of registering ships with the most convenient or cheapest bidder does the environment and society no favours," he added.
But the tuna massacre is set to continue as European fishermen flying non-European flags of convenience continue to fish.
A sampling of specific topics includes: excess fishing capacity, property and use rights in fisheries, international fisheries law and the transferability of quotas, the economics of allocation in tuna regional fisheries management organizations, allocating fish across jurisdictions, individual transferable quotas for bycatches, prospects for use rights in tuna regional fisheries management organizations, and flags of convenience and property rights on the high seas.
"Those who operate under various flags of convenience are simply terrorists and criminals who wish to drag everyone back to the dark days of the past by using violence as a so-called political tool."
I find it very strange that England is considering making Spaniard Manuel Almunia (pictured) its No1 goalkeeper and that the Olympic games was a showpiece for athletes competing under flags of convenience, when there are so many anomalies.
There is indeed now an air of respectability around those open registers that have in recent years been legitimately described as "quality flags" because the implementation of good standards and the careful balance of expedient rules for the ships have been able to overcome the seamier reputation that "flags of convenience" (FOC) previously attracted.
Many states newly offering ship registration intentionally offer low standards to attract ships to the registry, and ship registrations have indeed increased at these locations (also known as flags of convenience [FOCs]).
Borg said there was little evidence that Chinese fishermen were operating illegally in international waters, but boats registered under flags of convenience were regularly landing their illegal catches at Chinese ports.