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Occasions when prudence is the better part of common sense

THE French military operation in support of the cruiseship Le Ponant off Somalia and the liberation of her 30 crew members was a welcome relief to Lloyd’s List readers. The fact that Le Ponant is a cruiseship ensured the vessel’s plight secured a place in international headlines, even if one gets a sense that both the pirates and the newshounds somewhat regretted the absence of seriously wealthy passengers who might have given the incident a rather different complexion.





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