Flag of convenience

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English: 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."[1] The term comes from the flag that ships fly to show their country of registration. Under conventions of en:international law. The country of registration determines the source of law to be applied in admiralty cases, regardless of which court has personal jurisdiction over the parties.

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  1. Flag of convenience. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company (2004). Retrieved on 2007-05-04.