Visnews filming in Antwerp and London shows ships flying 'Panlibhonco' flags of convenience lying idle in the two ports.
G.V. OF "MERLIN" FLYING FLAG OF LIBERIA REGISTERED IN MONROVIA (IN ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK)
L.V. OF "MERLIN".
S.V.PAN FROM STERN OF "MERLIN" TO RAIN QUAY.
S.V. STERN OF "MERLIN" SHOWING FLAG. OF LIBERIA.
L.V. "MERLIN" PAN TO QUAYSIDE WITH NO ACTIVITY.
L.V. "ULYSSIS 11" GRAIN SHIP FLYING LIBERIAN FLAG REGISTERED IN MONROVIA, IN ROYAL ALBERT DOCK.
L.V. FROM STERN OF "ULYSSES 11"
C.U. NAME "ULYSSES 11"
S.V. FLAG PAN DOWN TO NAME "ULYSSES 11"
L.V. STERN OF "ULYSSES", PAN TO NO ACTIVITY ON DOCK.
G.V. SLIPPING IN ANTWERP PORT.
L.V. PAN OF SANTA MARIA..OF LIBERIA, FLAG OF CONVENIENCE.
L.V. OF "SANTA MARIA"
L.V. OF BOW OF SANTA MARIA.
G.V. OF SANTA MARIA.
Initials AW/CW J.H./P.B.
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Background: Visnews filming in Antwerp and London shows ships flying 'Panlibhonco' flags of convenience lying idle in the two ports.
The international boycott of Panlibhonco ships, arranged by the International transport Worker's Federation in Hamburg recently, to take place between 1st and 4th December, has not been an unqualified success.
Of the 4 Panlibhonco ships in UK ports today, two were handled - the Panamanian ship Avon was unloaded in Surrey Docks by members of the National Amalgamated Stevedores Union (barred from the TUC last week) and the Liberian Paper Pulp ship Lorna unloaded at the Imperial Paper Mills, Gravesend.
The liberian grain ship Merlin was delayed at Vernon Mills in the Royal Victoria Dock, and Ulysses 11, another grain ship registered in the Liberian capital of Monrovia lay idle with grain from Vancouver in the Royal Albert Dock.
Flags of Convenience ships are registered in Panama, Liberia, Honduras, Costa Rica - in which countries there are no agreed wage agreements and working conditions of or ships crews.
Costa Rica has announced her intention of withdrawing the licenses of the 233 foreign ships flying her flag.