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When govts clash, ship crews suffer

Combination of ignorant officials and flags-of-convenience system often leaves hapless seafarers facing punishment while ship owners hide behind veil of secrecy

A FEW days ago came the welcome news that seven of the crew of the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero had been released by the Iranian authorities. The ship had been held for several weeks after being seized it in the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian government accused the ship of breaking unspecified...