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01 February 2017
Article 5 of the Merchant Shipping (Compliance with Flag State Requirements) Law 2012(1) requires the Department of Merchant Shipping to take steps to ensure that ships accepted for registration under the Cyprus flag comply with prescribed international conventions before they are allowed to commence operations. Article 2(1) of the law provides for the minister of transport, communications and works to determine the relevant conventions and to publish a ministerial order in the Government Gazette listing them.
The previous list, which was published in 2012,(2) has been updated to include the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 and the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007. The new list of conventions has now been published as the Merchant Shipping (Compliance with Flag State Requirements) Order 2016.(3)
The full list of the international conventions which come under the scope of the law is as follows:
In each case the term 'international convention' includes the existing relevant ancillary documents, such as codes, standards or recommendations.
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