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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Forthcoming BIMCO president not in favour of arming crews against pirates

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Singapore: The president designate of shipowner body BIMCO has voiced his opposition to growing calls to arm crews in the escalating fight against pirates. Robert Lorenz-Meyer, speaking at a press conference after the opening session of the Sea Asia Conference at Suntec City in Singapore was firmly of the opinion that arming crews merely serves to increase the potential for violence. “Arming ships is not the solution. As a shipowner I would be afraid for my crews,” said the German national. [21/04/09]