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



LaHood announces FHWA ferry grants
$42 million to improve ferry service and build new docks and facilities

Conrad Industries books ferry contract
220 ft passenger/vehicle ferry for North Carolina DOT

Thyssen Krupp sells Nordseewerke
to become offshore wind plant manufacturing site

BIW eyes offshore wind opportunities
may explore relationship with StatoilHydro

Yantai Raffles completes 12,000 t deckbox lift
next one will be 17,000 t

Swiftships lands $181 million Iraq FMS contract
nine patrol boats for Iraq Navy

Trico Marine suspends four Tebma newbuild contracts
part of strategy of improving balance sheet

Two vie to succeed Tyler as Maine Maritime president
Search committee narrows field to two

$12.8 million Navy award to Atlantic Marine Mayport
work on USS Roosevelt (DDG 80)

Britain's VT Group exits shipbuilding
Former Vosper Thornycroft agrees sale of stake in BVT Surface Ships

OSG to sweeten offer for OSG America
Now plans to offer $10.25 per unit

Siem takes delivery of AHTS
first in a series from Kleven

Vigor Marine to overhaul veteran NOAA ship
$14.7 million project part funded by Recovery Act

Austal completes CotaiJet deliveries
delivers final four in 14 ferry series

Carnival nets $1.1 billion in third quarter
booking levels ahead of last year, though occupancy and pricing still lag

U.S. Army contract for Maersk Line Limited
covers upkeep and readiness of a range of watercraft stored in Yokohama

VT Halter gets second OSG ATB order
covers outfitting and commissioning of 350,000 barrel ATB

Sperry wins Brazil OSV order
navigation systems for four Rolls-Royce designed multipurpose platform supply vessels

Navsea again shopping for survey vessel for Oman
RFP out for Foreign Military Sales project

Portland, Maine, commissions fireboat
Robert Allan designed RAnger 2000 Class

CBP withdraws Jones Act proposal
reconsidering stricter interpretation of what's OSV cargo and what's equipment

Yantai Raffles set for 12,000 ton deckbox lift
massive crane will mate deckbox and hull of Schahin Group semisubmersible

Irving and Davie propose plan for Canadian shipbuilding
would divvy up major federal projects between them

Aker Philadelphia in credit crunch
looks for help in raising $150 million, warns of layoffs ahead

Conrad Industries wins dredge contract
Split-hull type, shallow draft dredge for Corps of Engineers

$1 billion shipyard for Brazil
Brazil's richest man signs MOU with Hyundai Heavy Industries

LCS down select set for FY 2010
Navy to cancel current LCS seaframe construction solicitation

Petrobras plans "built in Brazil" drillship splurge
plans to charter up to 28 domestically built offshore drilling units

Propelling Oasis of the Seas
New video from Royal Caribbean looks at the propulsion system of the world's largest cruise ship

Marine fuel cell project passes milestone
320 kW unit installed in offshore supply vessel

Crowley names VP labor relations
Steve Demeroutis to succeed Jerry Dowd

Oceanteam in construction vessel JV deal
envisages long term charter and 50/50 ownership of two of its vessels

Fireboat named for FDNY heroes killed on 9/11
Three Forty Three launched at Eastern Shipbuilding

Detyens wins $6.2 million MSC contract
overhaul of fleet replenishment oiler

Marad issues piracy advisory
warns of likely pick up of pirate activity as monsoon season ends

ACL realigns Transportation Services Division
to become two regional divisions

Mitsui concept ship cuts CO2 emissions by 50%
builds on and refines existing technologies

Bernie's boats go on block
National Liquidators will auction off three vessels previously owned by convicted Ponzi swindler Bernard Madoff

OSG gets China Exim Bank financing
will be used toward financing three VLCCs and two Aframax crude oil tankers

Russia's Severnaya Verf launches PSV
contract calls for delivery of "technically well equipped hull"

Odense Shipyard MD steps down
company to be divided into two divisions, Lindø Industrial Park and Lindø Shipyard

Intersleek 9000 for Ark Royal
U.K. Royal Navy flagship gets latest in foul release technology

PPL Shipyard delivers jack-up early
enables Vantage Drilling to clinch an early charter contract

DNV approves tanker's SOx scrubber
certifies pilot system on product tanker auxiliary engine

German Navy kills pirate suspect
Skiff ignored warning shots

French Navy orders Mermaid
Podded drive for Mistral class among recent Rolls-Royce naval propulsion orders

Austal next-gen trimaran moves ahead
Engines installed

New vessels ordered for Canadian Coast Guard
Nine mid-shore patrol craft and five motor life boats

Jonathan Whitworth named CEO of Washington Marine Group
new role for former Maritrans CEO

Six share $455 million in Navy contracts
multiple award contracts for engineering and technical services

Transocean drills deepest well ever
and BP categorizes deepwater GoM discovery as "giant"

Tidewater swoops on subsea support newbuild
multi-purpose ROV and light construction vessel set for Jan 2010 delivery

Ship trains for the Arctic?
students in a DNV summer program come up with an innovative concept

OSG and American Shipping in settlement proposal
seeks to resolve liquidity issues so Aker Philadelphia can continue 12-ship newbuild program

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen to step down
Stolt-Nielsen S.A. founder will resign as Chairman on company's 50 year anniversary

Bourbon Offshore Norway launches X bow PSV in China
first of four Ulstein PX105 platform supply vessels under construction at Zhejiang Shipbuilding

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

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