The story behind the movie

Maersk Alabama, the Maersk Line, Limited ship at the center of Captain Phillips, is a part of American maritime history as the first U.S. ship to be boarded by pirates in roughly 200 years. The scourge of modern piracy was cast in front of a mesmerized world as the media followed every moment of the boarding and hostage crisis. In the ensuing sleepless days, Maersk Alabama and Richard Phillips became modern symbols of the U.S. Merchant Marine and our nation’s proud maritime heritage.The movie should serve as a reminder that Americans still ply the seas, taking U.S. flagged vessels to remote ports to deliver U.S.-grown food aid and carry supplies and equipment anywhere the U.S. military goes. This powerful film should remind our country that we are a maritime nation with a sea-going history worth honoring and future worth preserving.

The Real Captain Phillips and the crew of the Maersk Alabama

For several gut wrenching days in 2009, America watched in horror as a terrifying story with an unpredictable ending unfolded before our eyes. Collectively, our hearts went out to the brave families whose loved ones were at risk, and we all let out one unified sigh of relief when they were reunited. Witness those moments of joy once more through this photo gallery of the real families of the Maersk Alabama.

Read the Commemorative Program from the “Captain Phillips” Advance Screening

“Remember, you know this ship. They don’t.” - Captain Phillips.

Take a virtual tour of the Maersk Eugene, a ship similiar in build to the Maersk Alabama. You’ll experience a 360 (degree) view from the bridge, feel the expansiveness of the ship, and witness the twists and turns taken by the crew in a very dangerous game of hide and seek.

Dispatches From the Situation Room

The MLL Captain Phillips Blog

Latest Update: Maersk Alabama Situation

8 Apr 2009 / 0 Comments

Latest Update: Maersk Alabama Situation

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 April 2009: Maersk Line, Limited is able to confirm that the crew of the Maersk Alabama is now in control of the ship. The armed hijackers who boarded the ship earlier today have departed; however, they are currently holding one member of the ship’s crew as a hostage. The other members of the crew are safe and no injuries have been reported. We are working closely with the U.S. military and other government agencies to continue to respond to this situation as it develops further. Our primary concern is for the safe return of the individual still being held and we will provide additional information as we are able.


About Maersk Line, Limited

Maersk Line, Limited is an American company, based in Norfolk, Va., that provides U.S. flag transportation, ship management and technical services to government and commercial customers. As a business within the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, our customers rely on our unparalleled experience, maritime expertise and global intermodal capability. We seek everyday to build greater trust in our maritime and transportation services and to strengthen the partnership with our customers for years to come.

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Maersk Alabama Situation: 0630 EDT Update

9 Apr 2009 / 0 Comments

Maersk Alabama Situation: 0630 EDT Update

Norfolk, Va., 9 April 2009: The current situation involving the Maersk Alabama has remained much the same throughout the night. The ship’s crewmembers have been accounted for and are safely aboard the vessel. However, the ship’s captain remains in the custody of the pirates, who departed in one of the ship’s encapsulated life boats on April 8.

Our main concern remains the safe return of the captain and our latest communications with the ship indicate that he is unharmed. We are working closely with all involved government agencies, particularly the U.S. Navy, which has arrived on the scene and is taking the lead in working toward the captain’s release.

We continue to communicate with crewmembers’ families on the status of their loved ones. Family members of current Maersk Alabama crewmembers seeking additional information can contact the Maersk Line, Limited Family Assistance Hotline at 1-888-354-5274.

We will continue to provide further updates as they become available.

About Maersk Line, Limited

Maersk Line, Limited is an American company, based in Norfolk, Va., that provides U.S. flag transportation, ship management and technical services to government and commercial customers. As a business within the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, our customers rely on our unparalleled experience, maritime expertise and global intermodal capability. We seek everyday to build greater trust in our maritime and transportation services and to strengthen the partnership with our customers for years to come.

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Maersk Alabama Situation: 1300 EDT Update

9 Apr 2009 / 0 Comments

Maersk Alabama Situation: 1300 EDT Update

Norfolk, Va., 9 April 2009: The situation involving the Maersk Alabama and her crew continues to evolve. All of the crewmembers except for the ship’s captain are now safely aboard Maersk Alabama. Maersk Line, Limited remains focused on two goals: to secure the safe release of the ship’s captain and to transit the Maersk Alabama safely to her next port of call, where the crew can be repatriated to the U.S. and reunited with their families. For security reasons, we are not able to share details on the ship’s compliment or schedule, but we can confirm that the ship has left the area. We continue to communicate with crewmembers’ families on the status of their loved ones.

USS Bainbridge, a U.S. Navy Destroyer, is on-site and in contact with the lifeboat where the Alabama’s captain is being held hostage. We continue working closely with the Navy and other government agencies to affect a resolution of this situation. Our primary concern remains the safe return of the captain and our latest communications with the ship indicate that he is unharmed.

We will continue to provide further updates as they become available.


About Maersk Line, Limited

Maersk Line, Limited is an American company, based in Norfolk, Va., that provides U.S. flag transportation, ship management and technical services to government and commercial customers. As a business within the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, our customers rely on our unparalleled experience, maritime expertise and global intermodal capability. We seek everyday to build greater trust in our maritime and transportation services and to strengthen the partnership with our customers for years to come.

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Maersk Alabama Situation: 1700 EDT Update

9 Apr 2009 / 0 Comments

Maersk Alabama Situation: 1700 EDT Update

Norfolk, Va., 9 April 2009: We want to respond to inquiries with the most recent information in a consistent manner.

First of all, we would like to extend to the families of the crew and the captain of the Maersk Alabama our thoughts and prayers. As mentioned earlier, we remain in continual contact with the families, as well as direct contact with the crew of the Alabama. These are very trying circumstances for all concerned. We have been in contact with them providing any information that we can in the attempt to relieve what uncertainties they might have. We have been as open as possible with the families about their loved ones.

As you know, it is night time now in Somalia and the Department of Defense is in control of the situation. The Department of Defense and the Navy are handling any contact with the pirates.

The crew is operating the Alabama and left the area. This was at the direction of the Navy and deemed to be the safest course of action for all involved and provides the opportunity for some much needed rest for the crew. We have been in touch with the crew and they have been in contact with their families. The crew is very resilient and we commend them for their professionalism. They continue to show poise in handling a difficult situation and they remain deeply concerned for the welfare of their captain.

Our primary goal continues to be their safe return, and the safe return of the captain.

The captain remains with the pirates on the lifeboat within full visibility of the USS Bainbridge. The captain has been in touch with the crew and with the USS Bainbridge. He has radio contact and has been provided with additional batteries and provisions. The most recent communication indicates that the captain is unharmed.

There have been many questions about how the crew re-captured the ship and how the captain came to leave the ship. Our immediate focus has been to bring the current situation to a safe resolution. There will be time for due diligence and retrospective review once we have the safe return of all parties and the opportunity for a full de-briefing.

With regard to our involvement with federal agencies, we are in direct contact with all related agencies. In order to honor our commitment to the safety of all parties concerned, we have to refrain from commenting on specific activities.

We would also like to extend our thanks to the public for your expressions of concern and to those of you who have extended your well wishes both to the families and the company. We appreciate your expressions of faith and confidence for the safe and peaceful of our captain and his crew.

The primary contact for information at Maersk Line, Limited is Kevin Speers at (757) 531-7873. Please note this new telephone number.

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Statement from Mrs. Andrea Phillips

10 Apr 2009 / 0 Comments

Statement from Mrs. Andrea Phillips

Norfolk, Va., 10 April 2009: Mrs. Andrea Phillips, wife of Captain Richard Phillips, has requested we release the following on her behalf:

My family and I would like to thank our neighbors, our community, and the nation for the outpouring of support. We have felt the compassion of the world through your concern for Richard. My husband is a strong man and we will remain strong for him. We ask that you do the same.

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