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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
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June 8, 2009

Farstad Shipping wins Heyerdahl Award

The Norwegian Shipowners Association has announced that Farstad Shipping is the winner of the Heyerdahl Award 2009 for its commitment to improving the environmental standards in the shipping industry.

The Award was launched in 1999 by Thor Heyerdahl (1914--2002) and the association. Its purposes are to contribute to an improvement of the global environment and to promote the environmental benefits of shipping as a mode of transportation.

The innovative technical solutions implemented in Farstad's newbuilds were the main factor behind the jury's decision to name it this year's winner. Farstad Shipping has over the years invested heavily in environmental friendly solutions for our new ships. The two vessels particularly mentioned by the jury are the construction support vessel Far Samson and the platform supply vessel Far Serenade, both vessels delivered to Farstad Shipping in March 2009.

"We are very honored to be publicly recognized for our work to reduce the environmental impact of our business," said Karl-Johan Bakken, CEO of Farstad Shipping ASA. "This award will definitely encourage us to undertake further efforts and reach further environmental achievements in the future."


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