Iran tanker seizure: What's so important about a ship's flag?

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Description

The cargo ship Stena Impero, seized by Iran last week, was sailing under a British flag - but it was owned by a Swedish company and had no British nationals on board.

It's very common for ships to fly the flag of a country that differs from that of the owners.

But why is it done and who benefits?

Period25 Jul 2019

Media contributions

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Media contributions

  • TitleIran tanker seizure: What's so important about a ship's flag?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBBC News (World)
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date25/07/19
    DescriptionIt's very common for ships to fly the flag of a country that differs from that of the owners.
    But why is it done and who benefits?
    Producer/AuthorBBC News
    URLhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49083108
    PersonsIoannis Chapsos

Keywords

  • ship flagging
  • Maritime security
  • tanker seizure
  • Iran