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Flag State vs. Port State Control: What’s the Difference?

In the maritime industry, there are two main types of regulatory bodies that vessels must comply with: flag state control and port state control. While both agencies are responsible for ensuring the safety of seafarers and protecting the marine environment, there are some key differences between the two. Let’s take a closer look. Flag State ControlFlag state control is exercised by the country that a vessel is registered in—also known as its flag state. The flag state is responsible for

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