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

JULY 2009


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

GC Rieber bests Chouest's offer for Sea4
In play: two advanced subsea vessels under construction in Spain

Davie Yards names new COO
Arne Ramstad succeeds Brynjulv Mugaas

House passes Coast Guard Acquisition Reform bill
builds on Coast Guard acquisition reform efforts instituted in response to Deepwater acquisition

OSG to take OSG America private
cites Jones Act market challenges

Liberty Maritime CEO to speak at Countering Pirates conference
Philip J. Shapiro to speak on lessons learned from attack on Liberty Sun

PacifiCats to become megayachts?
Mothballed ferries sold to Abu Dhabi MAR

Navy releases video of LCS 2 sea trials
reports surface of high speeds and a few headaches

Tidewater books hit from Venezuela grab
records non-cash charge of $48.6 million against earnings

Shell inks FLNG agreement with Technip and Samsung
covers design, construction and installation of multiple facilities over a period of up to fifteen year

Blackstone hires Crowley to manage NASSCO-built Jones Act tankers
Relationship with U.S. Shipping Partners terminated

$2 million fine in "magic pipe" case
Fine on shipowner follows prison sentences for two chief engineers

Halifax Shipyard expands labor force
Gears up for frigate life extension

Canada ponders shipbuilding strategy
Starts Shipbuilding Consultation with two day forum

John Deere introduces new marine engines
Three new Tier 2 engines cover a power range of 139 kW (186 hp) up to 559 kW (750 hp)

Owners invited to submit vessels for Environmental Achievement Awards
Chamber of Shipping of America says award program open to non-CSA members, too

New piracy warning from CTF
end of monsoon season will mean more attacks

Ship Finance sells single hull VLCC
Front Duchess goes to an unrelated third party for net sales proceeds of $18.8 million

GulfMark Offshore reports increased revenues
but is in "tougher market in the Gulf of Mexico than virtually anyone predicted"

Chouest to build 360 ft ice class AHTS
will be built at either LaShip or TampaShip

USCG launches web-based way to verify mariner credentials
offers employers open and rapid means of verifying the validity of merchant mariner credentials

Air quality grant will help Foss repower two crew boats
funded by part of $4 million awarded to Port of Long Beach by EPA

North American ECA proposal makes progress
approved by key IMO committee

Voith unveils concept design for multipurpose tug
Voith Turbo Marine Engineering, Rostock, expands its portfolio

Jack-Up Barge installs first German offshore wind turbine
newbuild platform installs tower, turbine and rotor blades of first wind turbine in the Alpha Ventus wind farm

LaHood orders review of $98 million shipyard grant program
days after a list of 67 recipients appeared briefly on Marad's website, Secretary says evaluation process was incomplete

U.K. gives naval shipbuilder 15 year deal
designed to help secure key maritime industry skills in the U.K. after aircraft carrier program concludes

Blount Boats delivers Fire Island Belle
latest in a long line of ferries for established customer

MAN Diesel offers turbocharger cut out system
improves main engine performance during low load operation

Windfloat project moves ahead
ABS completes hazard identification study (HAZID) for novel floating support structure for large offshore wind turbines

FPSO nears completion at Keppel
FPSO Armada Perdana on track to deliver first oil 70 km off Nigeria in fourth quarter 2009

Jeffboat trims labor force
ACL's barge building unit to cut work force by about 10 percent

IMO moves along on cutting ship GHG emissions
Voluntary guidelines for now, but ...

Cosco Busan pilot gets 10 months prison sentence
But judge spares Cota $30,000 fine requested by prosecutors

House panel adds two ships to Navy budget
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense tacks on another LCS and another Navy JHSV

Murray gets $7.6 million more Recovery Act funding for Washington State ferries
Persuades LaHood to "fix" a "major oversight"

First three JHSV's get names
Speedy trio will be named Fortitude (JHSV 1), Vigilant (JHSV 2) and Spearhead (JHSV 3)

IBIA stresses need for accurate fuel sulfur content results
essential to engine efficiency, safety, and ECA compliance

MARAD awards 67 shipyards $98 million in Recovery Act grants
projects include equipment and infrastructure upgrades and training programs

First charges brought under anti-invasive species law
Chief Officer of Polembros bulker enters guilty plea

OECD panel bemoans shipbuilding overcapacity
cautions governments to avoid protectionism

Ferry systems get $60 million in Recovery Act grants
largest projects in Nueces, Texas, and Detroit, Michigan

Hostage Aysun Akbay contacts family
...another woman deck officer held with father on hijacked German ship

BIW gets $33 million DDG 51 lead yard award
Navy contract modification

Ulstein Verft fills gap in production schedule
to complete AHTS started at bankrupt Karmsund

MAN to merge Diesel and Turbo units
will form a strong Power Engineering unit for the long term

Marcon brokers sale of single skin ocean tank barge
will be converted for alternative service

Somali pirates hold Turkish woman mariner hostage
first female professional mariner to be captured

MSC Splendida first ship to gain BV Energy Efficient Design label
may save more than 10 percent of total energy consumption compared to conventional vessel

NOAA moves ahead on FSV 6
additional fisheries survey vessel to be built with Recovery Act funding

MARAD announces $17.1 million in grants to small yards
with another $98 million to come soon

Gazprom plans to build LNG tankers at Russian yard
Samsung Heavy Industries cooperates in revamping St Petersburg's Severnaya Verf

Repairs to collision sub to cost another $21.6 million
Electric Boat gets mod to Hartford repair contract

Somali pirates hijack Turkish bulker
Headed for Eyl

E.R. Schiffahrt's first bulker named at Vinashin Shipyard
Bulker is first for owner--and for yard

Bender lists top unsecured creditor claims
Maritrans, Gulfmark Offshore and Trico Marine head list

Bollinger to build CPB's for Yemen
Coast Guard says Marine Protector offers best solution to meet the coastal maritime operational requirements of Yemen

Greenpeace orders new Rainbow Warrior
Environmentalist organization orders sailing vessel at Fassmer

International Paint building Singapore laboratory
further investment in antifouling and foul release product development

Oceanic cleared to depart New York
"Peace Boat" completes repairs

Injuries as Staten Island ferry slams into pier
Apparently lost power

Bender Shipbuilding now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy
files flurry of motions to enable operations to continue

BAE Norfolk gets $11.7 million more for LHD-7 work
modification to existing Navy ship repair contract

Oceaneering wins LCAC SLEP
potential $32.5 million Navy award

Qatar investor is "mystery buyer" of Polish yards
buyer of the Gdynia and Szczecin shipyards is Qatari fund Qinvest

Harvey Gulf plans $200 million fleet expansion
offshore operator eyes newbuilds and exisiting vessel acquisitions

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