In London, the business capital of the world's maritime industry, firms shape decisions on arming ships and negotiating with pirates.
The ship escaped an assault that may have been rooted in revenge for three pirates' deaths during the US Navy's rescue Sunday of the Maersk Alabama's captain.
Navy snipers shot three pirates who had held Richard Phillips hostage since Wednesday. The episode threatens to change the dynamics of piracy in the region.
Military options could only make things worse, some analysts say, if they did not go hand in hand with political solutions.
Is it time to replace bluewater policing with tactics of Jefferson, who defeated the Barbary pirates on land?
The seven men arrested will be turned over to Kenya, which plans to set up a court to try pirates.