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Maritime 'repo men': A last resort to recover stolen or seized ships

Mr Hardberger (left), his long-time fixer Oge Cadet (right) and a hired rower getting a closer look at ships by pretending to be potential buyers. A maritime repo man, Mr Hardberger handles the toughest of grab-and-dash jobs in foreign harbours, usually on behalf of banks, insurers or shipowners.

Miragoane, Haiti

IN Greece, Max Hardberger posed as an interested buyer, in Haiti as a port official, in Trinidad, a shipper. He has plied guards with booze and distracted them with prostitutes; spooked port police officers with witch doctors and duped night watchmen into leaving their...

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