How Britain sank its shipping industry by waiving the rules | Polly Toynbee
The fate of a ship stuck in Great Yarmouth sums up the damage that state inaction and unfettered free markets have inflicted on a once-proud merchant fleet
Malaviya Twenty has been moored in Great Yarmouth docks since December. To look at, it’s no rustbucket, kept in good shape by its Indian crew – but when I visited a week ago, they hadn’t been paid by the ship’s owners for all those months. This is a story about the fate of shipping in Britain – an often forgotten industry, though we depend on it for over 90% of our imports and exports, and for most of what is stacked on supermarket shelves.
Source: Guardian Transport