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Kill the 'not in my backyard' mentality

Coastal states must provide shelter to ships in trouble so that salvors can minimise any damage to the environment

It took salvage crews 19 days to extinguish the fire while the tanker drifted in stormy waters between the two countries, with six tugs trying to keep the vessel under control and fight the fire - PHOTO: REUTERS

UNLESS the situation has changed considerably in the past couple of days, as you read this, salvage crews are still trying to keep control of a disabled, partially burnt-out tanker somewhere in the waters between South Korea and Japan.

On Dec 29, the 44,404 dwt Hong Kong-flagged Maritime...