Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates? [1878 votes total]

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available (860)
Professional armed security teams should be hired (817)
No guns on merchant ships, ever (201)

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Posted By: Sponge Bob

Posted On: Sep 24, 2009
Views: 12181
arm or not to arm

In response to Capt Walker or should I say Barrister Walker, why must it be a competently trained deck officer? Engineer officers and the ratings are trained alike here in the US in small arms.

Posted By: Capt Kell Walker

Posted On: Sep 23, 2009
Views: 12109
arm or not to arm

Posted By: Retired C/E

Posted On: Sep 23, 2009
Views: 11987
Arming Crews

Here is my feeling on arming crews: Don't do it. No matter how much training a crew member received, a pirate will be better trained, and any crew member holding a weapon will be a dead crew member. If companies are worried about pirates then the companies should put PROFESSIONAL SECURITY PERSONNEL on board to protect the ship. Crew are hired to operate and maintain the vessel, not to defend the vessel against attack. The pirates do not want to harm the crews, they need the crew to move the ship from place to place until the ransom is paid.

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