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Piracy trends highlight need for K&R protection

In mid-April, the pirate attack on an American ship off the coast of Somalia focused the world on the perils of maritime shipping. While the crew of the Maersk Alabamaapparently never lost control of the ship, their captain was captured and they were forced to alter their merchant voyage of delivering aid supplies to Kenya. The Times of London reported the brigands’ ransom demand at $3 million–but the U.S. military killed three of the attackers and freed the captain before demands could be carried out.

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