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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

May 29, 2009

New hope for Terminal Island ship repair plan

There's new hope for Gambol Industries' plan to create a ship repair yard on Los Angeles' Terminal Island.

The Port of Los Angeles had rejected the plan because the port wants to use the Terminal Island site to dump dredged materials from a much needed channel deepening project.

However, the Los Angeles City Council's Committee on Trade, Commerce and Tourism has told the port to reconsider its decision. A motion from the committee ordering the port to seek alternative sites for the dumping of contaminated soil will now go before the full city council. If the motion is rejected, Gambol could still appeal to the California Coastal Commission.

The proposed 25-acre Gambol Shipyard would include a 650-foot dry dock along with two deep-water slips .

The facility would also feature a zero-emission paint shed and solar panels on warehouse roofs.

An economic report prepared by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation estimates the shipyard would employ 850 full-time workers and produce $220 million annually in wages to the region.


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