Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
Ferrari Life Posts: 5,509
You have to get clearance before you can enter a port. You can't just sail a big ship into any country you want. They kind of have to be expecting you. A loading schedule at a terminal is usually the reason for a ship to ask for clearance. The CMA training ship is not a commercial ship so it will not be working cargo. It is not a military ship (there are alot of ports that do not welcome visits from military vessels). It is not a cruise ship so it is not loaded down with rich tourists eager to spend lots of money. The training ship is not owned by CMA, it is actually owned by the U.S. Maritime Administration. So the ship and her crew are representatives of the United States.
So when they fill out the forms for port clearance, on the line where it says "Reason for Visit", they put down diplomatic. It just basically means that they are not there on a commercial or military venture.
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