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AUGUST 2008 ISSUE

BEATING THE PIRATES
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

October 9, 2008

NATO ships to join antipiracy effort

At the request of the United Nations, NATO Defense Ministers, who have been meeting in Budapest, agreed that NATO will provide a number of ships from the Alliance's Standing Naval Maritime Group to patrol the waters off the coast of Somalia to deter piracy and escort ships carrying food supplies for the World Food Program.

In this mission, NATO will also coordinate with other organizations, including the European Union.

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told a press conference that the ships would arrive off Somalia in about two weeks. He said the decision was "good news for the people of Somalia and bad news for the pirates."


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