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Latest From Michael Grey
The International Salvage Union is reshaping itself to offer up risk foresight for those in the shipping industry as well as its traditional role of picking up the pieces
At a time of heightened environmental consciousness, big diesel-engined ships and truck fleets have become perceived as a public enemy by a substantial part of the population
It is not unreasonable to point out to politicians that almost all of the factors that caused the disappearance of so much of the UK shipping industry in the latter years of the 20th century remain
All around the developed world there are people who would rather see the ports silt up rather than have their waters deepened a few feet to facilitate trade and help with the dispersal of flood waters
Those at sea have been warned never to trust their instruments implicitly, while they all, in theory, have alternative means of navigation available
What shines out of this account of the last chapter of deepwater sailing ships is the fortitude of that generation of seafarers, the insecurity of the life they lived when casual labour was king, and the utter isolation for months on end