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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

Setback for Terminal Island repair yard plan

Gambol Industries' plan to create a ship repair yard on Los Angeles' Terminal Island has had another setback.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council rejected a move that would have prevented port officials from dumping dredge material at the proposed shipyard site (the former Southwest Marine facility).

The vote came after a June 1 special meeting of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission adopted a resolution to ensure that its land use designation does not preclude future consideration of a shipyard/ship repair facility on the former Southwest Marine shipyard.

The resolution was crafted by Port staff in response to concerns raised by L.A. City Councilwoman Janice Hahn over the land use designation for a proposed landfill at Berths 243-245. The two contaminated berths, former dry dock locations, are adjacent to the Southwest Marine site that operated as a shipyard until the mid 1990s.

The land-use designation for this proposed eight-acre fill is "other" and will not preclude the future designation of the site as a shipbuilding/ship repair facility. A permanent use of the former shipyard will be determined through a future public planning, entitlement and environmental process.

Work on the final three years of the Channel Deepening Project is expected to start in October, pending final approval from various regulatory agencies, including the California Coastal Commissiom.

"We commend Councilwoman Hahn's leadership in working with the Port to craft a resolution that addressed concerns over any land-use limitations posed by our recently approved Port Master Plan amendment," said Jerilyn Lopez Mendoza, acting president for the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. "With her support, we look forward to proceeding with the Channel Deepening Project this fall, as the initiative and the other projects it impacts will provide thousands of construction jobs over the next few years."


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