Monday, 20 September 2021

Lex Portus

Zhang Shuibao*

Registration of vessels in the PRC: diversity of legal regimes

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Shuibao, Z. (2020). Registration of vessels in the PRC: diversity of legal regimes. Lex Portus, no. 2, 7-29. https://doi.org/10.26886/2524-101X.2.2020.1

 *Zhang Shuibao, PhD in Law, Beijing Allied Law Offices (Room 2603-2606 Xintiandi B Xibahenanlu jia 1, District Chaoyang Beijing 100028, Beijing, China).

 

ABSTRACT

The article is focused on determining the mechanism for the registration of maritime vessels in the PRC. The basis of the study is the international legal framework for the registration of vessels – the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 and the Convention on Conditions for Registration of Ships, 1986. The legislation of mainland China and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau is considered. The procedures that are applied for entering vessels in their state registers are defined. Positive and negative tendencies of development of registration mechanisms and innovations implemented are outlined. A number of general scientific and specific legal methods were applied during the study. They allowed to develop the author’s vision of possible and desirable changes in the organizational and legal mechanism of registration of vessels in China. The author concludes that there are differences in the procedures for registering ships in mainland China and in special administrative districts. This is a consequence of the prevailing legal tradition in these territories of the western and somewhat more democratic than in mainland China. It is also facilitated by the right to self-identify and regulate most areas of domestic policy, which include shipping. Thus the ship registration rules in PRC can be viewed as three parallel legal orders, that include the Mainland China, the Free Trade Zones and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The key words: ship registration, international shipping, shipping policy, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

 

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Editorial Board Address

Ukraine, Odesa, Fontanska Doroga, 23
National University “Odessa Academy of Law”,
Department of Maritime and Customs Law

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