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What Are FOCs?: Flag of Convenience



  • A flag of convenience ship is one that flies the flag of a country other than the country of ownership.
  • Cheap registration fees, low or no taxes and freedom to employ cheap labour are the motivating factors behind a shipowner's decision to 'flag out'.
  • The ITF takes into account the degree to which foreign-owned vessels are registered and fly the country flag, as well as the following additional criteria when declaring a register an FOC:
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If it looks too good to be true it usually is:

There are various types of cruise fraud, but they almost all depend on the offer of jobs that require no qualifications but which will pay high wages or attract large tips (the same thing applies to false job offers on oil rigs). The main type involves a promise of work in return for a bribe or payment. This may be disguised as an ‘agency’ or ‘registration’ fee or, increasingly, as payment for a medical examination, visa, passport processing or bank transfer that is only asked for when you think you’re on the point of getting the job. It may be made to look like something you have to pay a government department, clinic or bank, or you may be asked for money for airfares to join a ship and promised you’ll get the money back when you arrive. You won’t.

Other frauds include:

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Just as the comprehensive coverage in auto insurance protects the insured individuals against physical damage to their cars, so does hull and machinery insurance provide physical damage protection for the ships or vessels and the machinery which is part of them.

Since the soundness and normal operation of the hull and machinery of a ship are key to the safe transportation and delivery of any cargo or freight, it is highly advisable that ship owners purchase hull and machinery insurance.

Characteristics of Hull and Machinery Insurance:-

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The scheme covers up to four months’ wages, repatriation expenses and costs of essential needs. 

Vessel abandonment often goes unpunished. Back in September 2016, the ILO was told insurers’ claims that at least two dozen cases of known vessel abandonment and/or halt of seafarers’ payment were not listed in the ILO’s voluntary database.

NEW abandonment regulations under the International Labour Organisation’s Maritime Labour Convention kick in on January 18, ushering in a new era of protection for seafarers, as said in Lloyd's List - 17 January 2017 - by Anastassios Adamopoulos 

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Shipping is the least environmentally damaging form of commercial transport and, compared with land-based industry, is a comparatively minor contributor to marine pollution from human activities. There has been a substantial reduction in marine pollution over the last 15 years, especially with regard to the amount of oil spilled into the sea, despite a massive increase in world seaborne trade. 

Sea transport is one of the least environmentally damaging modes of transport and, when compared with land-based industry, is a comparatively minor contributor to marine pollution from human activities. It is estimated that land-based discharge (sewage, industrial effluent and urban/river run off etc.) and atmospheric inputs from land industry sources account for some 77% of marine pollution generated from human activities. In contrast, maritime transport is only responsible for some 12% of the total (see graphic). However, these United Nations estimates were produced in 1990 and the proportion of marine pollution that can be attributed to shipping is now thought to be lower than 10%. 

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Golden Bollard 2017


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