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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 22, 2009

Vigor Marine to overhaul veteran NOAA ship

Ship repairer Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, has been awarded a $14,711,510. contract for a Major Repair Period (MRP) overhaul of the NOAA ship RAINIER.

A portion of this project is being funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The RAINIER entered its 41st year of service in FY 2009 and needs major capital investment in mechanical and electronic systems to maintain the vessel at its current operational tempo until a replacement vessel is built and delivered. Major Repair Periods have proven to be an effective tool for extending a ship's service life.


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