Thai owners call for armed ships

Bangkok: Following the Thai oil tanker MT Orapin 4 which was hijacked by pirates last month, the third attack on Thai ships since April, Thai shipowners have called for weapoms on cargo ships.

Phumin Harinsut, president of the Thai Shipowners’ Association, said the deployment of weapons on civilian cargo vessels is illegal under Thai law, which makes them sitting ducks for pirates. He said the association has been working for over two years to push for law changes to allow weapons on cargo vessels.

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