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CURRENT ISSUE

ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

May 8, 2009

NTSB releases Cosco Busan and Axel Spirit reports

The National Transportation Safety Board has published two final marine accident reports on its website:

On November 7, 2007, the containership Cosco Busan struck the fendering system at the base of a support tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The resulting release of bunker oil caused considerable environmental damage. The Board adopted the final report on February 18, 2009, and it can now be accessed at: http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/2009/MAR0901.pdf

On November 3, 2007, the Bahamas-registered tankship Axel Spirit struck the Ambrose Light at the entrance of the New York Harbor. The light tower was damaged beyond repair. The final report may be accessed at:http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/2009/MAR0902.pdf


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