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‘Any port in a storm’

Responding to crisis in the world of shipping

Johanna Markkula

This article discusses crisis, and responses to crisis, in the global maritime industry. In order to stay ‘afloat’ in recession times, ship owners increasingly opt for Flags of Convenience. During research aboard a mixed nationality crewed cargo ship, I observed how a local crisis of a flag change impacted on the ambience and social cohesion onboard, and how crewmembers responded by reinforcing ties to their families back home. By showing how crises and their responses play out on multiple levels, the article argues that the ship's ‘local’ population, despite its apparent isolation, is deeply embedded in global events and processes.

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The Golden Passport ‘Russian’ EUtopia

Offshore Citizens in a Global Republic

Theodoros Rakopoulos

the Cyprus passport as a ‘flag of convenience’ within the EU, a point confirming a critical political economy approach, as it semiotically recalls how the Republic of Cyprus’ flag is literally a flag of convenience for international shipping. The

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Hege Høyer Leivestad and Johanna Markkula

, selling of ships for scrap, or the reflagging of vessels to “open registers,” better known as Flags of Convenience, to save on labor costs, in times of contraction. The lifecycle of the ships is one example of what we refer to as the logic of adding

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Jon Schubert

shipping industry itself operates by this dual logic: speed and cost-effectiveness conveniently eclipse more unsavory practices like flags of convenience, labor abuses, price dumping through arbitrage, and environmental damage. Reviving the Lobito