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Somali pirates hold couple for 388 days

The cruising community is warned that the range for attacks now extends well beyond the Gulf of Aden

A Somali skiff is about to be boarded by U.S. forces in the Gulf of Aden.Somali pirates freed cruisers Paul and Rachel Chandler after 388 days in captivity for a ransom thought to be as much as $1 million. The release follows an ordeal of beatings and psychological torture - a stark reminder that cruising anywhere near the Horn of Africa carries terrible risks, even for seasoned voyagers.

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Harbor tugs move to diesel/electric power

The hybrid technology reduces pollution, fuel consumption and engine maintenance costs

A Dolphin Class tug similar to this one is going to be converted to hybrid propulsion.The Seattle-based shipyard that launched the world's first hybrid diesel-electric tug two years ago plans to retrofit a second one with the cleaner, more fuel-efficient technology to help reduce pollution at California's Port of Long Beach.

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Two charges dropped in Coast Guard crash

The Coast Guard dropped two of three charges against one of the crewmembers involved in a San Diego boating accident in 2009 that killed an 8-year-old boy, according to the Eleventh Coast Guard District.

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Dispatches

Close call captured

Lester Hunt, a retired schoolteacher living near Point Lonsdale, a coastal town in Victoria, Australia, took his camera to the harbor on a late-October Sunday, hoping to snap a few frames of a new pilotboat being launched.

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Not just a grounding, a 'local spectacle'

Owner runs his brand-new Contender 200 feet onto an island; pulling it off took five boats and 11 hours

Talk about running aground. Only a few hours after taking delivery of a new 2010 Contender 37 center console, the owner ran the boat onto an island in New York's Great South Bay after dark.

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