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Is Port State Control an Effective Means to Combat Vessel-Source Pollution? An Empirical Survey of the Practical Exercise by Port States of Their Powers of Control

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It has become conventional wisdom that because flag states have been unwilling or unable to exercise effective jurisdiction or control over their vessels, port states have a major role to play in combating sub-standard ships and reducing vessel-source pollution. This article seeks to test conventional wisdom by examining in practice how far port states have exercised their powers of control against sub-standard ships and contributed to reducing vessel-source operational pollution.

Affiliations: 1: Cardiff Law School, UK;, Email:


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