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flag of convenience

n. pl. flags of convenience
A foreign flag under which a merchant vessel is registered for purposes of reducing operating costs or avoiding government regulations.

flag of convenience

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a national flag flown by a ship registered in that country to gain financial or legal advantage
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Author Rodney Carlisle has revisited his prior work Sovereignty for Sale: The Origins and Evolution of the Panamanian and Liberian Flags of Convenience (Naval Institute Press, 1982, out of print) and augmented it with his other prior periodical work to provide a deeper history of the use of merchant ship flags.
From statistics, we see that only 6 flags control the 77% of the total vessels, which are registered under flags of convenience.
In contrast, an over-dependence on flags of convenience carriers and ships belonging to China or other nations that may test us could lead to hardship for those who live and serve under the flag of the United States.
These included the overfishing of turbot, the enlarged membership of the EU to include Spain and Portugal, and the use of flags of convenience by some countries.
Flags of convenience, such as Comoros, Tuvalu, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Togo and Sierra Leone, less favoured during operational use, have become very popular for end-of-life ships.
In 1997, many of our ships sailed under Flags of Convenience - registered abroad because the UK wasn't competitive enough.
Shipbreaking Platform's list shows that most of these ships flew flags of convenience (Panama, Liberia, Bahamas, etc) for their last journey.
The practice of flying flags of convenience, typically from countries such as Panama, Liberia or the Bahamas, makes ships subject to the legislation, environmental and labour laws of that foreign nation.
Generally, flags of convenience may be defined as "the flags
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.