Shipping Woes: More Than Just Pirates

Because of the global recession, the world's shipping industry has spent recent months in a slow-motion collapse

As Somali pirates hold captive the Sirius Star, a Saudi ship with almost $100 million in oil on board, and Indian, British, Russian, and German ships battle pirates up and down the Gulf of Aden, one might imagine that the battle against piracy (BusinessWeek.com, 11/18/08) is the largest crisis faced by the merchant navy industry.

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