A dangerous profession no longer practiced as a serious means of plunder, piracy rose on the horizon and became a chilling reality, as it streaked across the Gulf of Aden to engage and board the American container ship, the Maersk Alabama, 240 nautical miles southeast of Eyl, Somalia.
Final destination, Kenya, Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his crew had been warned that Somalis had been doing reconnaissance in skiffs, and a few had actually succeeded in taking hostages and trading them for ransom. Maersk Line’s solution, train their crews in how to prevent pirates from taking the ship.
On April, 2009 their training would prevent four determined Somali pirates from seizing 5,000 metric tons of relief supplies for the pirate’s home country and also Uganda and Kenya. The crew of 20 locked themselves in the engine room, and there prevented the pirates from successfully accessing control of the vessel.
Screenwriter, Billy Ray and author Richard Phillips come together to recount Captain Richard Phillips account of the boarding of the Maersk Alabama, Captain Phillips being taken hostage and his eventual rescue by Navy seals, in the film, “Captain Phillips” directed by “Bourne Ultimatum” and “Bloody Sunday” director, Paul Greengrass.
Captain Phillips open October 11, 2013
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