What are Flag State Requirements for Ships ?

Flag State to ensure ships flying its flag comply fully with:

  • Standards for construction
  • Requirements for equipment
  • Requirements for pollution prevention
  • Procedure and schedules for:
    • Maintenance
    • Survey
    • Certification, as specified under the relevant international conventions, the state has ratified.

It is recognised by IMO[member states] that an administration may not be able to provide the control necessary when ships under its flag do not regularly call all ports under its jurisdiction.

As complementary to flag state control, the conventions provide for control of foreign ships to be exercised by port states. This form of control is called the port state control.

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Under the provisions of the Conventions, port State may:

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