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Lull in pirate attacks to end, MarAd warns

   The U.S. Maritime Administration on Tuesday warned vessel operators to expect a pickup in pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia now that the monsoon season has come to an end.

   Meanwhile, the United States and five other countries committed to follow best management practices to avoid, deter or delay acts of piracy.

GAO: Merchant Marine Academy needs internal controls

   A congressional watchdog agency said the nation's leading school for training officers for U.S.-flag merchant ships has engaged in 'improper and questionable' uses of funds.

   The Government Accountability Office said in its report to the Senate and House appropriations committee chairmen that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., had 'numerous breakdowns in its stewardship responsibilities with respect to maintaining accountability over the receipt and use of funds.'