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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

September 10, 2009

Maritime Administration issues piracy advisory

The U.S. Maritime Administration this week issued an advisory to mariners and ship operators that piracy is likely to increase off the Horn of Africa and in the Indian Ocean now that monsoon season has ended.

"We must apply the lessons learned from the crew of the Maersk Alabama," said Acting Maritime Administrator David Matsuda, referring to the U.S. crew that escaped pirates last spring. "We are urging mariners to take defensive measures and not surrender at the first sign of a threat."

You can read the advisory HERE


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