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Merchant ships are not meant for rescue missions

Such complicated operations should not be undertaken by the shipping industry but instead be led by warships and other official vessels which are better equipped

LAST month, two large merchant ships were involved in widely reported rescues. It is the duty of all vessels, under the Safety of Life at Sea Convention, to rescue anybody in distress if they can do so without putting themselves at undue risk. That sounds straightforward and sensible but

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