Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Flags of Convenience

The Stolt Saphire, a 38,746 ton tanker, moored at the same wharf where the USS Iowa berthed for a few months during it's retrofit.

The ship is registered in Monrovia (Liberia). I doubt the ship has ever been there, there's no  company office near there, and I doubt any of the owners have been there either. Flying a flag of convenience  

The company has a bunch of ships registered in Liberia and Cayman Islands, I'd guess they are pretty typical given how high a percentage of the world's shipping is registered under a flag of convenience.

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