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Double-flagged ships now allowed in Norway: Meant to prevent out-flagging

The Norwegian Maritime Authority makes it possible as of July 1 to perform so-called bareboat registration in ship registers NIS and NOR. An important step towards remaining a competitive and attractive flag state, director says.

Norway's Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø thinks the legislative change can reduce the number of ships out-flagging from Norwegian registries. | Photo: PR / Sjøfartsdirektoratet

As of July 1, ships in Norway may be registered in two registers at the same time.

A change in legislation means that the Norwegian Maritime Authority makes so-called bareboat registrations possible from Wednesday. This means that a ship can, for a limited period, be part of two registers, thereby sailing under two flags.

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