The signal flag on a vessel.


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DANGEROUS CARGO ENDORSEMENT

An endorsement issued by a flag state administration to a certificate of competency of a ship’s officer allowing service on dangerous cargo carriers such as oil tankers, chemical carriers, or gas carriers.
Depending on the position and degree of personal responsibility, the following types of evidence are determined: tankerman - minimal responsibility, assistant - personnel directly involved in cargo operations, responsible person - personnel directly responsible for cargo operations and compliance with safety measures during cargo handling.

FLAG OF CONVENIENCE

Flags of nations which offer favorable tax structures and regulations. Ships registering under the laws of these nations are not always required to establish their home location in that country.

BOBBLY

A pennant or flag bearing the owner's colours, mounted on the topsail trunk

INGLEFIELD CLIP

A type of clip for attaching a flag to a flag halyard.

BLUEPETER

A blue flag with white square in centre used as ship's signal

JACK

The ship's flag flown from jack-staff at bow of vessel.

ABSENTEE PENNANT

Special pennant flown to indicate absence of commanding officer, admiral, his chief of staff, or officer whose flag is flying (division, squadron, or flotilla commander).

CIVIL RED ENSIGN

The British Naval Ensign or Flag of the British Merchant Navy, a red flag with the Union Flag in the upper left corner. Colloquially called the 'red duster'.

DISTINGUISHING MARK

A flag flown to distinguish ships of one seagoing service of a given country from ships of the country's other seagoing service(s) when ships of more than one of the country's seagoing services fly the same ensign.

BLUE PETER

A blue and white flag (the flag for the letter 'P') hoisted at the foretrucks of ships about to sail. Formerly a white ship on a blue ground, but later a white square on a blue ground.

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