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ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
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 4, 2009

DSME books barge order

In January this year, the world's third largest shipbuilder, Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, said it expected its 2009 sales to reach nearly $10 billion.

It has a long way to go.

It has won its first newbuilding order of the year. And it's a far cry from the orders for LNG carriers, drillships and VLCC's that the shipbuilding giant was booking in the boom years. Worth $45 million, it is for two 180 m x 46 m barges for Heerema Marine Contractors.

Delivery of the vessels is set for 2010,


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