BoatWiki - Definitions
A ship can be defined in boating terms as a large seagoing vessel that is typically used for carrying cargo, freight, or passengers. There is no distinct size limit or particular usage that qualifies a vessel as a ship, although it must be of sufficient capacity to accommodate that which is being shipped or transported.
As with many maritime terms and definitions, a ship can be referred to in various ways. These include cargo ship, cruise liner, commercial ship, salvage ship, exploration ship, and military ship just to name a few.
Ships are almost always subject to what is known as flagging. This means that it has been duly registered with a particular country. This entitles the ship to fly such government's designated maritime flag and enjoy any protections afforded thereunder.
The registration, safety, and operational regulations of seagoing vessels is fairly standardized. However, there are numerous variations among different countries. These can get complicated, therefore, an owner should consult with a qualified professional regarding any such concerns.
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5/17/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.