Flags of convenience help reduce the operating costs associated with illegal fishing methods, and help illegal operators avoid prosecution and hide beneficial ownership.

The sinking of Amoco Cadiz led to concerted ship inspections by port states.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_convenience

The reasons for choosing an open register are varied and include tax avoidance,[8] the ability to avoid national labor and environmental regulations,[8][9] and the ability to hire crews from lower-wage countries.

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