UK 'inviting disaster' by scrapping oil spill tugs
Move expected to save $12.64 million per year and goes against the recommendations of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

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Arnold Vingsnes - Arnold Vingsnes & Associates
17th September 2011
I do not believe, for profit, private or public towing companies can or should be expected to have salvage/rescue tugs readily available to assist averting a potential maritime environmental mishap. Particularly on a non-compensated stand-by basis.

Construction, manning and maintenance costs of such vessels require their utilization be maximized. Thus, when disaster occurs their availability may be questionable.

The vessels being decomisioned/taken out of service have in essence performed the role of first responder and insurer.
To ensure first responder capabilities the vessels have been readily and immediately available.

Arguably many coastlines do not have on-station offshore salvage/rescue tugs. However, when the costs associated with maintenance of such a program are stacked up against the damage and costs of even one maritime salvage and clean up, maintenance and implementation of such a program is a no brainer.

Nothing more needs to be said other than; it's too late to file an insurance claim the day after your house burns up and the fire insurance policy has lapsed.

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