Should Merchant Vessels Be Armed By Use of Private Security Services?



The recent rescue by the U.S. Navy of Captain Phillips raises the issue whether it would be wise for the merchant fleet to have private armed security services on-board their vessels as a deterrent.  Since the pirates know that the merchant fleet is currently unarmed, they have taken advantage of this fact and are likely gearing up for more piracy attacks on merchant vessels.   The Somali pirates have already threatened retribution on the merchant fleet for the attack by U.S. Navy.  


The argument that if crew should carry firearms that this may create more harm then good if the pirates get their hands on these weapons is negated somewhat if a private armed security force is on-board these vessels since they have presumably been trained to address these issues.  


I encourage your comments.





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