PORT STATE JURISDICTION AND THE REGULATION OF INTERNATIONAL MERCHANT SHIPPING
Port state jurisdiction is the term given to the jurisdiction a state may exercise over vessels visiting its ports. It is primarily a term of public international law, and is often used in distinction to "coastal state jurisdiction", which refers to a state's jurisdiction over its maritime zones more generally, and "flag state jurisdiction", which refers to the jurisdiction exercised by the state in whose registry a vessel is entered and under whose flag that vessel operates. The ports in question are those used by seagoing vessels, as opposed to airports or ports dealing solely with inland trade...
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