Originally Posted by GMac
A NZ registered ship is NZ territory at all times. But when in another country must abide by the laws of that country. A bit like a offshore
embassy but without diplomatic immunity or sanctuary. I think you'll find all registered ships are the same no matter which country they are registered in.
Of course you must abide by the laws of that country. But for visiting boats, the equipment
and systems aboard only need to meet the International requirements, not any extra local requirements. I will give an example (I am not up to date on the International requirements of today so it might be a bad example but it shows what I mean): In the US you must have a notice sticker aboard that shows the do's/don'ts with garbage. We have that one because Jedi was US registered with the previous owner. Boats from other nations don't have that sticker and will not be fined for not having it. But they must follow the local rules for garbage disposal.
In the US your VHF
must have US channels, like 22A (I think). But boats that are registered elsewhere are only required to have the International channels plus any that their nation requires. They do not need to buy a new VHF when they enter US waters (but most radio's can be switched to US nowadays, I know ;-)
So in short: a boat that visits the US and which is registered outside the US, must be equipped according to the International requirements, plus any additions that the nation of their registry came up with; not with additions that the US came up with. And this works the same with all other nations that signed these International agreements.
I think it is interesting to look at a different angle to this: distress
signals for US boats must meet USCG spec's right? But when you enter International waters, are these signals still good enough or are you required to have SOLAS signals instead? (USCG requirements are often less strict than International ones, like the signals, life vests etc.) When you have a flare gun and enter Holland
, what happens? These aren't allowed in Holland
but if they take it from you, you are left without distress signals. I saw that happening in Bonaire
. It is the reason we are switching to SOLAS hand-launched signals instead.
I don't know the answers to these questions, may be someone here does?