Inconvenient flags

Lack of transparency fuels fears of illegality.

Flag of convenience ships a major security risk in Australian waters, union warns

By Thomas Oriti

Flag of convenience (FoC) shipping is a major security risk along Australia’s coastline, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has warned.

A Senate committee examining the practice recently made nine recommendations, including a comprehensive assessment of maritime security.

But the ITF is concerned that the Senate committee’s interim report will be forgotten.

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