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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.