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The world needs places of refuge

No sanctuary: The Prestige, moments before it sank off Spain 11 years ago. Intertanko noted that Captain Mangouras was forced by the Spanish authorities, against his judgement, to take a series of actions that resulted in the damaged oil tanker being taken out to sea in appalling conditions. - REUTERS FILE PHOTO

ON MONDAY, newly elected International Salvage Union (ISU) president Leendert Muller told journalists in London that salvors strongly believed there must be progress on the issue of "places of refuge". These are sheltered coastal areas of water where salvors can take a ship in difficulties and