1 Port State jurisdiction is the competence of States to exercise prescriptive (or legislative) and enforcement jurisdiction over foreign vessels within their ports. Like land borders, seaports give access to the landmass of a State for persons and goods, and are therefore logical points of control for, inter alia, customs, immigration, sanitation, and national security purposes (Border Controls). Ports also offer an obvious opportunity for verifying whether visiting foreign ships comply with certain types of other national or international rules and standards and...
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