n SA Mercantile Law Journal = SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg - The attraction of convenience : the South African ship registry predicament

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-0099
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2185



The past few decades have seen an exodus of the world's shipping fleets to 'convenience registries'. Waning notions of national identity and patriotism flounder in these tides of change. Here I shall assess the standing of South Africa's ship registry. Having asked whether the legislative regime of the Republic does provide a 'flag of convenience', particularly regarding permissible ownership structures, I shall then consider whether the registry is attractive and should be bolstered.

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