Arming the Vessel’s Crew vs. Armed Security Professionals

A common question asked by the general public in the United States following the Maersk Alabama incident has been, "Do you have guns onboard the ship to protect yourselves?" This question is a good one and the reason sound; however, the reality of shipboard operations, crew nationalities and religious beliefs make it a complicated solution globally. By looking onboard U.S. vessels, we find that crew turnover and how a crew member finds employment present some of the difficulties that go alo...
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