Flag of Convenience

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Flag Of Convenience

Summary of Flag Of Convenience

Registration of a vessel in a country other than that of the ship’s owners, because the registering nation affords the owners tax or other benefits not available in the home country.

(Main Author: William J. Miller)

Introduction to Flag of Convenience

Flag of Convenience, national flag flown by a ship that has registered in that country to avoid legal or tax commitments (also known as offshore registry). Flags of convenience are common in the merchant fleets of Liberia and Panama. Ships registered in these countries avoid legislation governing, for example, employment of sailors and minimum rates of pay.

In 1995, 75 million gross metric tons of shipping was registered in Panama, making it the world’s largest merchant fleet. Ships registered under flags of convenience accounted for 34 percent of the world’s fleet in 1993.” (1)

Flag of Convenience in International Trade

Meaning of Flag of Convenience, according to the Dictionary of International Trade (Global Negotiator): A ship registered under the flag of a country (like Cyprus or Liberia) that offers a minimal degree of control in the areas of taxes, crew and safety requirements.

Flag of Convenience

Embracing mainstream international law, this section on flag of convenience explores the context, history and effect of the area of the law covered here.

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Further Reading

  • The entry “flag of convenience” in the Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (currently, the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 2009), Oxford University Press

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Notes and References

Guide to Flag of Convenience

Hierarchical Display of Flag of convenience

Transport > Maritime and inland waterway transport > Maritime transport > Maritime law

Flag of convenience

Concept of Flag of convenience

See the dictionary definition of Flag of convenience.

Characteristics of Flag of convenience

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Translation of Flag of convenience

Thesaurus of Flag of convenience

Transport > Maritime and inland waterway transport > Maritime transport > Maritime law > Flag of convenience

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