Definition of flag of convenience in English:

flag of convenience


  • A flag of a country under which a ship is registered in order to avoid financial charges or restrictive regulations in the owner's country.

    • ‘A Japanese tuna fisheries federation said it will link up with its Taiwan counterpart and other businesses to set up a body to combat damage done by tuna fishing boats sailing under a flag of convenience.’
    • ‘The Cypriot flag was once a maritime flag of convenience, but a more stringent approach by the government in recent years has rid the country of the shady side of the shipping trade.’
    • ‘They dumped Australian workers when they had the vessel reflagged under a flag of convenience.’
    • ‘My father owned some Liberian-flagged ships, Liberia being a flag of convenience.’
    • ‘So, exactly half of its vessels were registered under flags of convenience, avoiding taxes, paying a fraction of Canadian wage rates, etc.’


flag of convenience