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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

State Ships

Gil Carlos Rodriguez Iglesias

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 May 2019

Flag state — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Territorial sea

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 There is no generally recognized precise definition of State ships in international law, but there seems to be a common understanding as to the basic elements of the notion. Normally all ships owned or operated by a State are considered State ships. Except for the special category of warships , two further forms of State ships have to be distinguished: (a) ships employed for public, non-commercial purposes (also called government ships or State ships in the strict sense), for example police, customs or other patrol vessels, pilot boats, cable vessels, research...
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