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



Gulf Marine Repair to rehire laid off workers
Recovery Act dollars go to work

Heavy lift cargo ship reflagged U.S.
Third to be flagged in by Intermarine associated company US Ocean

Pirates fire at U.S. Navy helicopter
hostage ship was used in Maersk Alabama attack

Trailer Bridge names Ivy Benson Suter as CEO
is 1978 Kings Point graduate

Antipiracy guidelines updated
New version of Industry Best Management Practices

Pirate attack on Italian ship
EU NAVFOR and CTF-151 respond

Ex-MSC ship headed for Bangla breaker?
Sails despite plea from Basel Action Network for EPA export ban

Bay Shipbuilding plans 405 layoffs
Fincantieri Marine Group yard files mass layoff notification with Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

First operation by Dubai 6,000 t ship lift
Middle East's largest computerized ship lift now operational

Appeals court reverses Seabulk Trader decision
Tanker keeps Jones Act privileges despite getting inner hull in China

Management changes at ABS
Promotions for Brincat and Hruska

MARAD recycles two more ships from James River fleet
Escape (ARS-6) and Cape Cod (AD-43) head for scrap

Inuit-owned ship on commercial Northwest Passage sailing
MV Umiavut makes history

Austal full year result hit by Superferry bankruptcy
accounting treatment of hedging instrument also takes toll

Two Chief Engineers indicted in pollution case
charged with making false statements, violating APPS and obstruction of justice

Sealift, Inc. to flag in vessel for MSC contract
primary mission will be to re-supply armed services personnel on Diego Garcia

Arctic Sea hijack suspects claim to be environmentalists
but Russian TV says jailhouse tattoos tell a different tale

Five more from Drydocks World Batam shipyards
four anchor handlers and the world's largest fully pneumatic self discharging cement carrier

Liberia launches computer-based antipiracy training
Best practices for countering pirates on CD for PC

Kings Point names Commandant of Midshipmen
William Fell moves up from Acting Commandant

More details of Arctic Sea case emerge
Ship's position not as big a "mystery" as supposed

MARAD announces $98 million in shipyard grants
issues revised list of yards getting ARRA grants

NASSCO launches T-AKE 9
USNS Matthew Perry christened

Hijack suspects detained on board Arctic Sea
Russian Navy holds eight

Russian Navy finds Arctic Sea
crew "safe and sound and not under armed guard"

Ron McAlear no longer Atlantic Marine CEO
Ed Fleming now acting CEO

Ransom demand for Arctic Sea
still missing despite report of sighting

Bryan Nichols joins Marcon International
leaves Ice Floe LLC owned Nichols Bros Boat Builders for shipbroker

Cosco Busan manager cops a plea
agrees to pay $10 million criminal penalty

Conrad Industries reports new contracts
Backlog edges up to $40.4 million at mid-year

$10 million for Bayonne Bridge study
Beautiful, but too low for next generation of containerships to get under

Repower cuts Harley Marine tugboat emissions
Replacing engines and generators will reduce NoX and particulate emissions in the New York Harbor by 40 tons per year

Hornbeck Offshore to raise $237 million
private placement of 8 percent Senior Note

U.S.-built ferry to have innovative Berg propellers
Eastern Shipbuilding opts for twin CPP's with feathering capability for New Brunswick ferry

Strategic delivers landing craft trio to Kuwait
Can hit 49 knots, carry a Humvee

Ship hijacked in European waters?
U.K. Coastguard speculates last crew radio contact from missing Arctic Sea made at gunpoint

U.K. prevents LNG carrier from sailing
Ex Hoegh Galleon said not to have necessary permissions for scrapping outside EU or OECD

DSME buys U.S. wind turbine manufacturer
Korean shipbuilding giant swoops on DeWind

Keppel O&M books contracts worth US$59 million
include third FSRU conversion for Golar LNG

Bourbon reports strong revenue growth from offshore
offsets less happy news from bulk operations

Promotions at Pride International
Three move up after Eads heads out

GL appoints Kevin Coyne to key maritime position
regional office will move to Houston from Mexico City

Maersk to stop building ships at Lindø
impossible to attract orders that are commercially sound

K-Sea prices public offering
looks to raise $55 million

River pirates strike Amazon cruise vessel
second attack on Aqua Cruises' M/V Aqua

Coast Guard gets a new vice commandant
Crea hands over to Pekoske

Bollinger delivers 80,000 bbl barge to Bouchard
built to OPA 90 requirements with twelve cargo compartments and three separate pumping systems

Chouest to build 12 diesel electric OSV's
New 300 ft series to be built in its U.S. and Brazilian yards

Coast Guard authorizes ABS to issue IAPP certificates
verifies compliance by U.S.-flag vessels with MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI

Aker Philadelphia warns of counterparty risk
still waiting for its sole customer to exercise options

Repair bill for collision sub soars
GD Electric Boat gets another contract for repairs to USS Hartford--this one worth $62.2 million

Red ink at OSG
Tanker giant hit by "convergence of events"

ABS moves Europe and Middle East survey headquarters from London to Piraeus
Dimitri Houliarakis appointed Divisional Vice President and Assistant Chief Surveyor

U.S. and Philippines agree to fight piracy
memorandum covers crew drills, best security practices and information sharing

Five crew members snatched from Lithuanian reefer
another incident off Nigeria

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock gets boost from stimulus funding
two hydraulic dredges being mobilized to the U.S. from Middle East

Fincantieri books more naval export orders
Corvette for UAE, fleet tanker for India

NYC Mayor explains how Recovery Act ferry funds will be used
Mayor Bloomberg says $46.7 million in grants for ferry project will fill significant budget gaps

Former Lautenberg staffer named Deputy Maritime Administrator
David T. Matsuda sworn in

Washburn & Doughty opens doors to public
Shipbuilder stages remarkable recovery one year after devastating fire

Rand Logistics makes offer for U.S. Shipping assets
Great Lakes operator offers $225 million deal

Third guilty plea in Theotokos pollution case
Chief engineer pleads guilty on two counts

Committee approves LoBiondo bill protecting mariners' self-defense rights
shielded from liability for damages or injuries to pirates

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