Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Preparing US merchant marine cadets for pirates

The Village Voice ran a short piece yesterday on the counter piracy training being provided to cadets at the US Merchant Marine Academy in King's Point and the SUNY Maritime College in Throgs Neck. As Captain Jon Helmick - director of the Logistics and Intermodal Transportation Program at the USMMA - tells author Michael Ventura, they've been giving students anti-piracy training for at least 18 years. I have no idea what other institutions are doing, so I'd be glad to hear comments about how other cadets are being prepared for the risks of pirate attacks.

Also, I've added a new link at right, to the Maritime Terrorism Research Center website. It's another good source of information for those interested in the issues.

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