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

MAY 2009


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

Vroon Offshore fined in OSV deaths case
U.K. judge says oxygen meter could have saved three lives

New hope for Terminal Island repair yard proposal
LA City Council committee says port should reconsider its rejection of Gambol Industries' plan

Washburn & Doughty to build Z-Tech escort tugs
will be used primarily at Sempra LNG's Cameron LNG terminal

$61.5 million FMS order for United States Marine
10 Mark V Patrol Boats for the Kuwaiti Navy

California ARB reg could lead to propulsion failures
Coast Guard urges industry industry to take proactive measures to improve fuel switching safety

Ocean carriers form Heavy Lift Club
file non-rate discussion agreement with FMC

Turkish yard delivers first of four 3,087 dwt tankers
will be used for bunkering, but capable of worldwide trading

Red ink at Gard
Investment losses offset strong underwriting results at Norwegian insurer

Engine supplier sues Bender
Louisiana Machinery Company wants its MaKs back, plus compensatory and punitive damages

Maersk Virginia escapes pirate attack
nine suspects detained on board Italian warship

Rolls-Royce to supply torpedo anchor handling systems
will be fitted in two vessels building at STX Brazil Offshore

Electric Boat gets $15.8 million contract for repairs to Hartford
fixes to sub that collided with USS New Orleans

Gunderson launches Crowley heavy lift barge
will be used to transport the world's largest land based drilling rig

Star Bulk brings ship management in house
secures new time charters for four ships

BIW completes first Ultra Unit
900 ton ship model laid as keel of Spruance (DDG 111)

Cummings calls for Navy security teams on merchant ships
Meantime, guns for security contractors must be brought aboard as crew "personal effects"

Problems ahead for GPS?
GAO reports that some older satellites could start failing as early as 2010

Earl Industries gets $10.2 million Navy award
ship repairer awarded modification to previously awarded contract

NAVSEA recruits displaced auto engineers for shipbuilding
Detroit's pain is Navy's gain

Ship repairer to move to Lindø
Denmark's largest ship repairer is moving its operations to the Lindø yard of Maersk's Odense Steel Shipyard

Mabus sworn in as Secretary of the Navy
Former Mississippi governor and ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Bender gets $2.5 million RRF ships job
drydocking, mechanical and piping repairs and major preservation efforts on CAPE VICTORY and CAPE VINCENT

Dry bulk shares trade higher
Dahlman Rose issues a slew of upgrades

Austal launches fast patrol craft
first of six for Trinidad and Tobago

Conrad Industries wins new barge contracts
first quarter net up on first quarter of last year

Drydocks World adds Dubai FPSO quay
significantly boosts shipyard's conversion capacity

New leadership at VT Halter Marine
Skinner named CEO, Albert named COO

STX Europe has new President & CEO
STX Shipbuilding veteran Sang-Ho Shin moves up from COO

Webb makes progress on ship repair funding
Senate Committee on Appropriations adds $190 million to FY09 Defense Supplemental

Marinette teams with Boeing for Navy hovercraft program
will compete for LCAC replacement program

Tidewater says Venezuela grab took 11 vessels
loses a terminal, too

GAO: Navy shipbuilding programs don't use commercial yards' best practices
sharp differences with best practices used at leading commercial yards

Navy budget faces rough ride
Pentagon faces Congressional skepticism on containing shipbuilding costs

Senator Jack Reed honored by ASA
2009 recipient of the Herbert H. Bateman Award

Crowley Maritime makes organizational changes
John Ara named VP, contract services, and Chris Peterson named VP, marine operations

Navy seizes pirate mother ship
Suspects detained after failed attack on Egyptian ship

Massive job cuts at Wärtsilä
plunging orders and mounting cancellations force reorganization

Hyde ballast water management system gets Type Approval
confirms compliance with guidelines contained in IMO resolution

ACL in towboat fueling and lube agreement
O'Rourke to provide services from ACL's property in Channelview, TX

Davie Yards back in operation
Customer Cecon ASA resumes payments as financial restructuring plan comes together

Venezuela nationalizes Tidewater Lake Maracaibo operation
New law puts hydrocarbon industry related services under state control

Senators call for funding of $425 million Navy ship repair shortfall
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and eight others write leadership of Senate Committee on Appropriations

Coast Guard issues Maritime Security Directive
specific, risk-based measures to take to deter, detect or disrupt piracy

Aegean sells RO/RO tankers
designed to revolutionize fuel delivery to islands

Red ink at Maersk
net loss of $373 million in first quarter

Turkish yard delivers LNG terminal tug
first in a series of Robert Allan RAstar 3600 Class tugs

$6.3 million Navy award for Marinette Marine
transportation of the final shipment of 41 improved Navy literage system modules

$77.2 million CVN 79 award
long lead time materials for second Gerald R. Ford class carrier

Eighty years of Gibbs & Cox
naval architecture firm's portfolio includes the Liberty Ships and the LCS

Bisso Marine expands fleet
adds a third pipelay barge

NTSB releases Cosco Busan and Axel Spirit reports
One hit the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the other took out the Ambrose Light

Signal International redelivers two Diamond Offshore rigs
Mississippi yard redelivers jack-up, Texas yard redelivers semi

Administration unveils FY2010 Navy budget details
Few surprises in shipbuilding request

Pirates attack MSC ship
Shots fired at Lewis and Clarke

Bourbon reports increased revenues
Strong Offshore Division results offset Bulk Division slowdown

Prison for Chief Engineer in pollution case
Nautilus case Chief Engineer gets a month in prison plus $3,000 fine

Gulfmark Offshore sues Bender
troubled shipbuilder faces another lawsuit

Donjon to remove wreck off Gibraltar
awarded contract to remove and dispose of remants of MV FEDRA

New MAN B&W passes milestone
first production version K80ME-C9 completes type approval test program

Big cat starts delivery voyage
112 m Incat en route from Tasmania to English Channel

Liberty Maritime CEO to Congress: Remove obstacles to arming vessels
Shapiro calls Maersk Alabama incident a "game changer"

Tax incentives for anti-piracy measures?
Pentagon working to encourage shipowners to harden ships--including armed security contractors on some ships

OSG promotes Blackley to Senior VP
leads OSG's international shipping operations

ABS approves Petrobras MPSO design
society also unveils new criteria for FPSOs, says it will class two Petrobras jack-ups and offers new version of its OSAP software

Maersk Alabama captain testifies on arming crews against pirates
could provide an effective deterrent under certain circumstances

Credit crunch kills contract for innovative MPV
GSP Titan cancels contract at Keppel Singmarine

Vinyard takes helm at SCA
Chris Bollinger elected vice-chair

Navy awards LCS 4 contract
Second LCS to be built by GD Austal team

Bollinger marks completion of CPB program
Hosts a "Celebration of Success"

ABS readies for challenges ahead
Current activity at ABS remains "very high," but wider market downturn could see a slow down in 2010 lasting until possibly 2012

U.S. Shipping Partners files for Chapter 11
Says prepackaged restructuring approved by majority of secured lenders and note holders

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