On 16 March, the EU Parliament Research Service published a briefing which says that reflagging to a flag of convenience is a practice whereby a shipowner registers their ships in a country with relatively light controls or low standards, for instance in the area of environmental or employment law.  While this is legal in principle, it is often combined with illegal practices, including the circumvention of sanctions.  The IMO and the EU are trying to tackle abusive reflagging.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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