Just out of interest, is there any publication that lists all the vessels sailing under the Red Ensign? I once saw one that must have been published in the late eighties, and the diversity was impressive. Liners, Cruse Ships, Ferries, Car Carriers, Oil Tankers, Gas Tankers, Chemical Tankers, General Cargo, Container Vessels, Bulk Carriers, Offshore Support, Cable ships....
I doubt if many still do. From having the largest Merchant fleet many owners have decided to register under "flags of convenience" for cash reasons
A flag of convenience ship is one that flies the flag of a country other than the country of ownership. For workers onboard, this can mean:
- very low wages
- poor on-board conditions
- inadequate food and clean drinking water
- long periods of work without proper rest, leading to stress and fatigue
- minimal regulation
- cheap registration fees
- low or no taxes
- freedom to employ cheap labour from the global labour market"