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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

August 6, 2009

Coast Guard authorizes ABS to issue IAPP certificates

Effective today, August 6. 2009, ABS is authorized to act on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard to verify compliance by U.S.-flag vessels with MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI.

MARPOL Annex VI addresses the amount of sulfur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions permitted from ships.

Acting as a Recognized Organization, the class society can now issue the International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) Certificate, required by MARPOL, on behalf of the Coast Guard, to U.S.-flag vessels that meet the criteria.

"This expansion of our authorization by the Coast Guard provides our clients with a more efficient means to gain and maintain the necessary certification," says Thomas Gilmour, Americas Division President and Chief Operating Officer at ABS.


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