On 29th October, Hellenic Shipping News reported that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking to combat rogue national flag registries operating without the knowledge of governments they claim to represent. It says that recently it was reported that 73 vessels were unlawfully flying the flag of the DRC, 91 vessels were illegally registered under the flag of Fiji and 150 vessels were unlawfully registered under the flag of the Federated States of Micronesia. To address this challenge, IMO is developing a comprehensive database of registries on the publicly accessible area of GISIS, and members are recommended to note the IMO best practice guidance.
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