gfid: mamoru: Fubini: mamoru: So... if they really can't/won't break this law, can't someone simply run a flag out to the ship real quick and solve the problem? Or are conditions too bad for other boats and/or helicopters to do so?The writer has almost certainly confused flying a physical flag with the notion of a ship's flag state- the country under which a ship is registered, licensed, and regulated.This is more likely a regulatory dispute over the ship or it's cargo not being up to US standards.Ah... that makes so much more sense. I'm not really clued-in to maritime laws.But, you gotta admit it would be a much more Fark-worthy story if the whole situation could be resolved by someone simply dropping an American flag off on the boat. ;)I wonder if it's that simple. Can you temporarily re-flag a ship to fly under another country's flag without stepping on other maritime laws? I don't think it's the actual physical flag they're talking about.Imagine if ship's could just literally make it a "flag of convenience." If the Captain wants special treatment when docking in the UK, he simply hoists their flag up. When the ship returns to US waters, raise the US flag. Somehow, I don't think that would conform to maritime law, but I'm certainly not an expert.Just give them the goddammed waiver.
SlothB77: The efficiency of big government. Just wait until these guys get a hold of health care.
lifeboat: The Jones Act is a relatively new law, so I suppose the state governments could be forgiven for not knowing anything about it.
I'm fairly certain the author is confused about the flag thing, but just in a case they aren't...
Most times when things get held up over little known outdated laws, its not really about the law. It's about someone forgetting to grease the appropriate palm or someone trying to pull a political favor.
If no one had a reason to be concerned or press the matter, they could have all whistled and looked the other way while the ship docked.
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