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What's the best way for a shipowner to avoid having a ship hijacked by pirates?

Reroute the ship even if it means a huge diversion
Stay within recommended safe limits and patrolled areas
Hire an on-board security team
Just hope for the best



Atlantic Marine makes acquisitions
swoops on Boston Ship Repair, PennShip Services and Millennium Industrial and Marine

T&T Bisso salvages Miss Janice
lifts 375 t vessel that sank in New Orleans ship channel

Layoffs at Erie Shipbuilding
Up to 30 people reported affected

COSCO (Zhoushan) reschedules bulker deliveries
deliveries of seven 57,000 dwt bulk carriers pushed back

LNG carrier loses propulsion power
back in service after malfunctioning control valve identified as cause of problem

$55 million Navy contract for ABS
NVR classification services for NAVSEA

Keppel O&M books orders worth $139 million
creditable wrap-up for a year in which the second half has been ravaged by very negative financial and economic factors, says Tong

Hebei Two protestors call for boycott of Korean products
meantime case of unjustly imprisoned Indian officers heads for Korean Supreme Court

KDB gives Hanwha more time on DSME deal
says Hanwha should sell assets to raise funds

Brazil to start building submarines
inks contract with DCN that includes shipyard, help with four Scorpenes and non-nuclear part of first nuclear sub

German Navy foils pirate attack
But six captured pirates are released

Congressmen send maritime wish list to Obama
While everyone else was writing Santa, leading House and Senate members urged the President-elect to make rebuilding the fleet a priority

Vale makes payment on giant bulker order
pays initial $240 million to Rongsheng, keeping $1.6 billion order alive

Coast Guard awards $12 million AIS data exchange contract
will allow the Coast Guard to fully leverage inherent features of AIS by adding transmit capabilities to nationwide system

Navy awards $14 billion Virginia Class submarine contract
eight ship program is Navy's largest ever submarine procurement

Vessel Discharge Permit exemption extended
Vessel operators get 48 days to learn what they're supposed to do, then implement it

NCL cancels second STX Europe F3 newbuild
Cruise line and shipyard resolve dispute

New Tombigbee River barge yard
CTCO Shipyard of Alabama renovating former Bergeron Barge facility

Carnival lowers expectations for 2009
occupancy levels for 2009 advance bookings are down on 2008, with ticket prices also at lower levels

Chinese yards hi

Canada provides $380 million funding for Davie Yards
...but labor force still laid off as Quebec shipbuilder completes the paperwork

Chinese yards hit hard by fall in bulker demand
outlook seen as gloomy for next two years

Hawaii Superferry still faces legal challenges
State Supreme Court to hear arguments in case brought by environmentalists

Pirates seize two more ships
... as UN Security Council approves strikes on Somali shore bases

Mermaid Marine takes delivery of MPV
First job: Pluto pipeline installation support

Keppel Verolme to scrap MPU Heavy Lifter hull
frees up dry dock space

Deepwater FPSO arrives in Brazil
will be hooked up to the anchoring system in 1,780 m of water depth

Credit lifeline for Wadan Yards
help for former Aker Yards German units

Shipbuilding to be part of Canada's economic stimulus
... but programs involved aren't new, just stalled

Indian Navy seizes 23 pirates
Two vessels, 12 Somalis and 11 Yemenis arrested after attack thwarted

NASSCO gets $940.4 million T-AKE award
construction options for T-AKE 11 and 12, long lead time material for next two

Davie to lay off labor force
says workers will be called back mid-January

Tokyo hose exec cops plea
bid-rigging--and bribery

Washington Marine Group promotes Spiro Risvas
appointed Senior Vice President, WMG --Shipyards Division.

NASSCO product tanker on sea trials
First ship in $1 billion nine ship series for U.S. Shipping Partners

Faina "break out" story in doubt
Source close to arms ship's owner says U.S. is holding two pirates

Bisso Marine appoints VP Salvage and Emergency Response
Mauricio Garrido joins from Titan Salvage

Davie Yards to get $10 million capital injection
Bergen Group inks LOI

U.S. East Coast speed limits take effect
intended to reduce whale collisions

Euro yards to banks: Asia's problems not ours
European shipbuilding jobs jeopardized by over-simplistic market assessments

Antarctic cruise vessel refloated
Passengers safe after getting a tad more adventure than they expected

Saudi Arabia presents Austal cats to Egypt
88 m newbuilds will improve ferry services across the Red Sea

Pirates strike 450 miles east of Tanzania
Containership sustains damage but manages to escape

Austal names COO for Australian operations
Peter Hogan joins from Boral

Rep. William Jefferson loses reelection bid
Under indictment, former Propeller Club honoree loses seat

Investissement Quebec ups loan to Davie Yards
Increases loan total from C$10 million to C$12.7 million

Aon introduces piracy loss of earnings insurance
If your ship has been hijacked, it isn't earning

Boskalis drops pursuit of Smit
couldn't come up with break-up plan acceptable to Smit

Maersk lays up eight box ships
says more will follow unless market picks up

STX Europe books PSV contract from Japan
Design and equipment for four ships to be built in Japan for Sanko

Carnival files $100 million suit against Rolls-Royce and Converteam
claims QM2's Mermaid pods are defective

Germany to help yards hit by credit crunch
will use state-owned KfW Bank to guarantee shipowners' credit

Passengers say cruise ship that eluded pirates had acoustic defense
Had been reassured that "they had these ghetto blasters"

Ralls to succeed McNease at Rowan
was Executive VP and COO of GlobalSantaFe until merger with Transocean

Crowley makes leadership changes
Schepen retires, Collar moves over and Busch moves up

Cosco Dalian reports newbuilding cancellations
Owner cancels two of five ship series

UN Security council agrees new resolution piracy
Navies get nod to seize and dispose of pirate boats and equipment

U.S. Shipping Partners gets third ATB
En route to U.S. Gulf from Sturgeon Bay

IMO honors Brazilian seafarer's bravery
Rodolpho Fonseca da Silva Rigueira presented with 2008 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

Piracy danger pay area extended
now covers entire Gulf of Aden

Cummins introduces Tier 2 compliant QSK60 engine
meets EU Stage IIIA emissions requirements, too

Dunlop cops plea in marine hose price fixing case
agrees to $4.54 million criminal fine

James River barge service starts--under new name
Container-on-barge service between Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia, is now 64 Express

Bourbon takes delivery of tenth Liberty
Massive 76 offshore vessel newbuild program is on a roll

ST Marine to build seismic vessel for Swire Pacific Offshore
Delivery planned for second half of 2010

Mumbai terror began at sea
Fishing vessel skipper found with throat slit

Faina release imminent?
Pirates and owner said to agree size of ransom

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