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Flag of Convenience (FOC)

A ship is said to be flying a flag of convenience if it is registered in a foreign country "for purposes of reducing operating costs or avoiding government regulations". The term has been used since the 1950s and refers to the flag a ship flies to indicate its country of registration. The country of registration determines the laws under which the ship is required to operate and that are to be applied in relevant admiralty cases.

Antigua and Barbuda International Shipping Register

Bahamas Maritime Authority

Barbados Maritime Ship Registry

International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize

Bermuda Department of Maritime Administration

Bolivia International Ship

Registry of Cambodia

Cayman Islands Shipping Registry

Maritime Administration of the Union of Comoros

Republic of Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping

Equatorial Guinea

French International Ship Register

German International Ship Register

Georgia

Gibraltar Registry of Shipping

Honduras

Jamaica Ship Registry

Lebanon

Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry

Malta Maritime Authority

International Registries

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