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

JUNE 2009


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

South China Sea piracy warning
IMB alert after three attacks

Shell and Sovcomflot sign cooperation deal
includes potential LNG transportation and floating plant development and charters of Sovcomflot tanker tonnage by Shell

Puzzling move by Roadships
Why no Cycclone magnetic engine?

DSME wins $200 million Greek ferry order
Two 2,400 passenger/450 car ferries

Rowan resumes construction of third 240C class jack-up
had been put on hold when credit crunch struck

Liz Birnbaum named MMS Director
Salazar picks attorney with two decades of Federal Government and private sector experience in energy and environmental policy

Dubai's Gulf Navigation plans major acquisition
Cash rich shipowner in negotiations to buy tanker fleet

ACL says second quarter EBITDA will be lower
softness in barge demand for higher margin metals and refined liquid petrochemical products

Port Manatee approves key dredging project bid
preparing for Panama Canal expansion

European shipyards seek push for green marine technologies
looking for a shelter from global overcapacity

Yantai Raffles Shipyard gets $150 million loan from CDB
will be used to retire existing bank debt and for working capital

USCG issues guidance on SOLAS data sheets
New requirement becomes effective Jan 1, 2011

Wärtsilä completes job cut negotiations
Ship Power slims down for lean market

Eastwind bankruptcy won't slow banana flow
Chiquita says ships it sold in 2007 remain chartered back to it

Brighter prospects for floating production systems
Douglas-Westwood sees $46 billion spending in 2009-2013

Northrop Grumman gets $214 million LLTM award for LPD 26
tenth LPD 17 class ship

J.F. Lehman buys Drew Marine
pays $120 million for marine chemical supplier

Parliamentary report slams U.K. destroyer program
Nice ship, but late, over budget and won't attain full operational capability until way after delivery

WSF gets only $200,000 for Steel Electric ferries
earlier scrapping deal that fell though would have netted $700,000

One dead, one wounded aboard ship freed by pirates
two Ukrainian crew members were shot during initial seizure of Marathon

Bidding war for Great Offshore
two Indian shipyards battle for control of offshore services provider

Harris Pye and Sobrena to collaborate
Harris Pye signs MOU with leading French repair yard

Bill seeks immunity for mariners who wound or kill pirates
LoBiondo introduces The United States Mariner and Vessel Protection Act

Signal International enters deck barge market
cuts steel for 300 ft x 100 ft unit at revamped Orange yard

USS names 2009 AOTOS recipients
awards for Donald Kurz, Ron Widdows and the Coast Guard

Allianz study says piracy best covered as war risk
also identifies practical responses that crews can take

Austal set to take $23 million hit on Hawaii Superferries
bankrupt operator seeks to abandon vessels to secured creditors

Bulker orders: New twist in Vale tale
four giant ships to be built for for Oman Shipping Company at Rongsheng are probably part of Vale 12 ship mega order

Austal awarded $99.5 million for LLTM for second and third JHSV's
covers main propulsion engines, aluminum, waterjets, reduction gears, generators, and other components

INTERPOL joins fight against piracy
Seychelles, Kenya make pirate suspect data available

Many indicted for faking Taiwan port's container figures
Kaohsiung port and shipping line officials said to have falsified box numbers to collect rewards

Carnival second quarter results beat guidance
but cruise giant lowers guidance for rest of year

L-3 Offshore teams with STX Engine
L-3 and STX units to collaborate in the marketing and supply of integrated power, electric propulsion, dynamic positioning and automation systems

Piracy: IMO panel still gun-shy
thinks "the risk of accidents with firearms carried on board ship is great"

One Chouest yard barred from building dry dock for another
Ethics panel won't allow Port of Terrebonne to accept lowest bid on LaShip dry dock

Vintage ferries tie up at Craig's List
1972-built double-enders put out of business by new bridge

Rábago named USCG Chief Acquisition Officer
new Assistant Commandant for Acquisition gets second star

Jeffboat attains safety goal
one million hours worked at inland shipbuilder without lost time injury

HASC authorizes FY 2010 Navy shipbuilding budget
eight ships--with some strings on LCS cost cap

Washington State funds Neah Bay escort tug for further year
from July next year maritime industry must pay for response tug service

Navy League honors Captain Richard Phillips
presents Maersk Alabama master with Arleigh Burke Leadership Award

GE to demonstrate hybrid drive for DDG 51
cross-connects main propulsion system and the ship service electrical system

Wärtsilä offers lay-up service
package of services designed to manage hot and cold vessel lay-ups

Oasis trial balloon breaks free
aerostat ends up in the water

USCG establishes Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Panel
will advise Commandant on evaluation processes and criteria for mariner medical certification

STX Europe wins tanker order
four plus four options for European owner

GAC offers non-lethal security services
teams up with Cerberus Maritime Services

Pirates hijack ship in Omani waters
ranging ever further in search for victims

Appeals Court reaches Prestige case decision
hands down "road map for ulitimate dismissal" of Spanish case, says ABS

Fraser Shipyards to drydock Hollyhock
$$1,136,934 U.S. Coast Guard contract

Horizon Lines agrees to class action settlement
enters agreement with the plaintiffs in Puerto Rico class action antitrust litigation amends credit agreement with lender group

DNV offers new monitoring service
Technical Operations Performance (TOP) monitoring service helps vessels with two-stroke diesels operate at peak efficiency

Bergen Group inks MOU for large construction vessel
next generation panamax-wide vessel with a DP-3 dynamic positioning system

Rolls-Royce introduces wave-piercing anchor handler
UT 790 CD also has engine room at rear and three screw propulsion

Hebei Spirit two set to return home
Korean Supreme Court reverses Appeal Court on major charges against officers

Drydocks World delivers wind farm installers
Batam Island yard completes two self-elevating platforms

Creditors seek Bender Shipbuilding bankruptcy
file to force yard into involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Kvistefos wins Trico vote ... but not by needed margin
Falls short of required two-thirds of shares

Warning: Pirates trying new tactics
Fifth Fleet issues guidance on countermeasures

Oasis of the Seas on sea trials
... but what's that blimp?

Wärtsilä puts its ship design operations into one unit
35 m escort tug is first design from combined unit

Bee Mar enters PSV market
new entrant will compete in Gulf and internationally with a fleet of eight Bollinger DP2 newbuild PSV's

USSP debtors seek to stop payments to former officers, advisor
seek to cancel agreements with Gridley, Bergeron, Jefferies

Farstad Shipping wins Heyerdahl Award
Jury cites environment friendly features of Far Samson and Far Serenade

Todd Shipyards approved for continued NYSE listing
SEC approves pilot program that lowers NYSE market cap requirement

Bisso Lufesa raises passenger vessel ... then scuttles it
Burmed out Galapagos tour vessel resunk in approved deep water location

Austal USA completes LCS 2 main engine light off
all components of CODAG main propulsion system have now been tested

Harley Marine orders 83,000 bbl barge at U.S. Barge
contract supports Harley goal of accelerated compliance with OPA 90 requirements for double hulled barges.

MacGregor cranes for 24 ABG bulkers
each vessel will have four GLB3026-2 cranes with a SWL of 30 tonnes

Search on for new Wadan Yards investor
Former Aker Yards shipyards in Germany declare insolvency

Freed AHTS was once used as pirate mother ship
Somali pirates release Yenegoa Ocean and crew after 10 months

ABS fleet at record high
ABS fleet now 10,615 vessels, aggregating 150.67 million gt

Austal unveils next generation trimaran
optimized performance, seakeeping, fuel efficiency, passenger comfort and payload

TOTE earns OHSAS 1801 certification
attests to proactive protection of work force health and safety

Maersk recapitalizes U.S.-flag fleet
Nine newer and bigger ships reflagged to replace nine smaller units

Cummings introduces maritime education bill
would create a recruitment, training, and student loan program

Port of Antwerp gets plug-in power system
SAM Electronics system is first with automatic synchronization and 50/60 Hz conversion.

Teekay 4Q net income soars
but charges bring a $660.8 million GAAP loss

Setback for Terminal Island repair yard plan
LA Council won't block dumping of dredge material at site

DSME books barge order
First order booked this year by Daewoo is a $45 million job for Heerema Marine Contractors

Royal Navy burns pirate boat
Without evidence to link them to a specific attack, the Royal Navy released ten pirate suspects, but burned one of their two skiffs

DryShips pays hefty cancellation penalty
Getting out of $114 million Capesize newbuild deal costs $42.8 million

BP Shipping trials grounding avoidance system
Drydocks World--Dubai carries out installation

Bisso Marine expands derrick barge fleet
Panamanian-flag unit will be in worldwide service

Paris MOU downgrades U.S.-flag ships to its "gray" list
Port state control performance of U.S.-flag ships now considered "average"

Dahlman Rose upgrades outlook for offshore drillers
raises its 2010 premium jack-up day rate forecast to $120,000

Strategic launches fast support vessel
First of two for Samson Maritime

MISC containership gets antipiracy role
MISC's Bunga Mas Lima becomes RMN Auxiliary Vessel with Gulf of Aden escort duties

Congressman wants Navy shipbuilding plan, now
Rep. Randy Forbes and seven colleagues introduce "resolution of inquiry" directing Defense Secretary to file a shipbuilding plan

Bergen Group lands massive fishing vessel contract
two giant pelagic trawlers for Russia

Raytheon demonstrates new submarine communications system
communicates in real time with a submerged submarine at classified speeds and depths

Vietnam yard to build LeTourneau jack-up
PetroVietnam Shipyard will construct Super 116E jack-up

Hawaii Superferry files for Chapter 11
says charter opportunities haven't materialized in time for company to meet its financial obligations

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