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2013-10-08 03:13:34 PM
meh, We got the real Capt. Phillips down the street here in VT.
 
2013-10-08 03:22:25 PM
 
2013-10-08 04:56:54 PM

vudukungfu: meh, We got the real Capt. Phillips down the street here in VT.


Please tell me people randomly put up pirate flags near his house.
 
2013-10-08 05:02:25 PM
Whatever, I'm the Captain now, you tubby biatch!
 
2013-10-08 05:10:26 PM
were they really star-struck or did they just have a weird boner?

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2013-10-08 05:10:47 PM
The movie is criminally inaccurate. The captain being played by Tom Hank's is being sued by his crew because his stupid actions endangered the lives of his entire crew. If not for the navy seals everybody would have died and it all would have been the captain's fault.
 
2013-10-08 05:13:05 PM
I don't get it, subby - are actors who play Somali pirates known for not getting starstruck?
 
2013-10-08 05:22:14 PM

Delawheredad: The movie is criminally inaccurate. The captain being played by Tom Hank's is being sued by his crew because his stupid actions endangered the lives of his entire crew. If not for the navy seals everybody would have died and it all would have been the captain's fault.


Actually, I believe they are suing the shipping line because they have the deep pockets. As for the good Capt, he still may be somewhat heroic by his actions to protect the crew after he screwed up so badly in the first place.
 
2013-10-08 05:45:46 PM

Delawheredad: The movie is criminally inaccurate. The captain being played by Tom Hank's is being sued by his crew because his stupid actions endangered the lives of his entire crew. If not for the navy seals everybody would have died and it all would have been the captain's fault.


Really?  I read an email from the 1st mate or someone else on the crew and he didn't blame the Captain at all.

Having not seen the movie:  they barricaded themselves below and took control of the steering to turn the ship swamp and sink the pirate's boats.   When the pirates sent one guy to find them they captured him and decided not to kill him.
 
2013-10-08 06:19:53 PM
netringer

  Bill Carroll on radio station  KFI in Los Angeles had a detailed interview with the crew's lawyer last week.Its probably still on line. The crew is very pissed with the captain and very pissed with the Hollywood film. Part of their lawsuit is to force the makers of the film to publish disclaimers as to the accuracy of the film.
 
2013-10-08 07:00:03 PM

Brick-House: Delawheredad: The movie is criminally inaccurate. The captain being played by Tom Hank's is being sued by his crew because his stupid actions endangered the lives of his entire crew. If not for the navy seals everybody would have died and it all would have been the captain's fault.

Actually, I believe they are suing the shipping line because they have the deep pockets. As for the good Capt, he still may be somewhat heroic by his actions to protect the crew after he screwed up so badly in the first place.


What did he do to screw up in the first place?
 
2013-10-08 08:47:42 PM
Lsherm

The captain was specifically ordered to stay a certain distance from shore. He sailed too close to the Somali coast in the first place. Strike ONE. Once the ship was captured he ordered his men to not defend themselves and the spent over 16 hours locked up in oppressive conditions with no food, water or bathroom facilities. Strike TWO. The ONLY pirate captured by the crew of the ship was a Somali youth who the crew took out one of his eyes with a screw driver. The captain tried to negotiate with the pirates something he was NOT LEGALLY permitted to do. Strike THREE.

  But of course a big screen adventure that shows the hero causing his very ship to get captured and then turning into a marshmallow when shiat gets real is NOT the kind of movie that attracts stars like Tom Hanks.
 
2013-10-08 08:49:48 PM
Life is like a box of racists, you never know until they open there mouth.

/keeding
 
2013-10-08 10:04:27 PM
Tom Hanks just needs to stay the fark away from the ocean.  First castaway and now this, this guy can't catch a break.
 
2013-10-08 10:25:38 PM

Delawheredad: Lsherm

The captain was specifically ordered to stay a certain distance from shore. He sailed too close to the Somali coast in the first place. Strike ONE. Once the ship was captured he ordered his men to not defend themselves and the spent over 16 hours locked up in oppressive conditions with no food, water or bathroom facilities. Strike TWO. The ONLY pirate captured by the crew of the ship was a Somali youth who the crew took out one of his eyes with a screw driver. The captain tried to negotiate with the pirates something he was NOT LEGALLY permitted to do. Strike THREE.

  But of course a big screen adventure that shows the hero causing his very ship to get captured and then turning into a marshmallow when shiat gets real is NOT the kind of movie that attracts stars like Tom Hanks.


Christ, let me see if I get this:

1) Too close to shore - I get that
2)  Told his men to not defend themselves - I thought this was protocol.
3)  tried to negotiate with the pirates - fair enough, I can see how that's not allowed.

I guess my problem is with #2.  If they didn't have weapons, what good would fighting the pirates be?
 
2013-10-08 10:26:00 PM

Delawheredad: Lsherm

The captain was specifically ordered to stay a certain distance from shore. He sailed too close to the Somali coast in the first place. Strike ONE. Once the ship was captured he ordered his men to not defend themselves and the spent over 16 hours locked up in oppressive conditions with no food, water or bathroom facilities. Strike TWO. The ONLY pirate captured by the crew of the ship was a Somali youth who the crew took out one of his eyes with a screw driver. The captain tried to negotiate with the pirates something he was NOT LEGALLY permitted to do. Strike THREE.

  But of course a big screen adventure that shows the hero causing his very ship to get captured and then turning into a marshmallow when shiat gets real is NOT the kind of movie that attracts stars like Tom Hanks.


Leaving out that civilian freighters were (are) absolutely forbidden by their owners and maritime law from carrying arms or fighting back, so yeah, it is the fault of the company.

What you heard sounds very much like the arguments of a plaintiff lawyer.

The crew barricaded themselves in those "oppressive" conditions.

Why did it take this long for the crew to seek compensation?
 
2013-10-08 11:18:47 PM

netringer: Why did it take this long for the crew to seek compensation?


Free publicity.
 
2013-10-08 11:43:08 PM

netringer: Why did it take this long for the crew to seek compensation?


As far as I can tell, they didn't wait this long.  According to wikipedia, the lawsuit (or at least a lawsuit) was filed by one of the crewmembers within weeks of the incident.

"On 27 April 2009, Maersk Alabama crew member Richard E. Hicks filed a lawsuit against his employer, Waterman Steamship Corporation and Maersk Line, Ltd., for knowingly sending him into pirate-infested waters near Somalia. Houston attorney Brian Beckcom, who is representing Richard Hicks and eight other members of the crew, said that Captain Phillips knowingly and willingly put the crew in danger by ignoring reports of recent pirate attacks and disregarding warnings to remain at least 600 miles from the coast of Somalia.[38] The ship owners took no steps to provide appropriate levels of security and safety for their employees."

Its likely there's a new lawsuit about the movie though.
 
2013-10-09 11:20:29 AM
FOUND IT!

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This is an email from one of the Engineers on the  Maersk Alabama shortly after everything went down. The person referred to as Mike is the Chief Engineer. 
Pretty interesting.



M/V ALABAMA


Everyone on here is okay. We're on our way to Mombasa with Navy
protection on board.Captain  Phillips is still hostage in the lifeboat
with the 4 pirates.I hear they're flying out reliefs for everyone,
but I'm not sure what all's going to happen once we get to Mombasa. Supposedly the FBI is coming out to investigate the crime.Maybe we'll
be on the next CSI Somalia.

I wanted to let you know some of the lessons we learned so you guys can
better prepare yourselves for something similar. The only guys actually
captured by the pirates were on the bridge: Capt, 3/M, and 2 AB's.

I don't really know why they stayed on the bridge until the pirates got
up there. Then they had keys to everything and were able to unlock
everyone's rooms. The pirates got up to the bridge very quickly once
they were onboard. We had a locked cage door over the ladder well from
main deck, but it only took a second for them to shoot it off.They then
got to the bridge up the outside ladders. By that time we had taken
control of the engine and steering down below. Mike stayed in the ECR
and the C/M was out on deck tracking the pirates' movement. We kept swinging the rudder side to side.The pirates' boat capsized, though I'm
not sure exactly when or what caused it.After about 20 minutes the engine was killed,I don't know by whom.At that point I shut off the air bottles
and Mike killed power. He was also able to get outside and trip the fuel
shutoff for the EDG.

I think this was critical.The pirates were very reluctant to go into the
dark.We will be looking at a way to shut off the EDG from the ECR in the
future. All the crew had been mustered and secured in the steering gear.
Our pirates didn't have any grenades, so they would have never been able
to break in there. The previous day we had welded a padeye on the inside
of the hatch to the fantail so it was secured from the inside. The only
problem with the steering gear was the heat and the shortage of water.In
the future we will store food and water in various spots for emergency
usage.

I think we will also run a fresh water line into the steering gear. We
were able to make a run from the steering gear to the E/R water fountain
and fill up some empty oil sample bottles we had back there. The C/M was
also able to get some fruit and sodas from the galley and drop them down
the line standpipe
. The pirates sent the 3/M unescorted to go look for
crewmembers, so he was able to get away. One of the pirates then went
with an AB down to the E/R to look for people.Mike was able to jump him
in the dark and we took him prisoner in the steering gear. No one else
came down into the E/R. As the day went on the pirates became desperate
to get out of there.There boat was sunk, and they couldn't get our ship
moving.

The Captain talked them into taking the MOB boat. The three remaining
pirates went down in the MOB boat with  Phillips. We were then able to
negotiate with them over the radio. We dropped some food, water and
diesel to them. We started getting the plant back on line.
Unfortunately, the MOB boat wouldn't start. A couple of guys got in the
lifeboat and dropped it. They motored over and traded the lifeboat for
the MOB boat.We were supposed to exchange their guy for the Captain, but
they ended up keeping him.They motored off in the lifeboat. They had no
way of getting back aboard, so we followed them. The Navy showed up a
few hours later. We stayed close by for some time, but then the Navy
asked us to head out. I heard that several other pirate vessels were
heading our way and the Navy wanted us out of the way. That's about it.
I'll give you all the details some other time.

Just to reiterate the most important points:
Have a well fortified location with food and water supply.
Kill all the lights.
Leave the alarms going, the noise helped cover our movements through
the house. Flashlights and radios are very handy, as well as the
sound-powered phone.

Anyway,it was a pretty stressful situation.I have to say I am impressed
with how the entire crew responded. We didn't have anybody who wanted to
give up. I'm pretty confident that  Phillips will end up ok.They have to
know that if they kill him they'll be done. I assume the company will be
forced into taking some kind of action to assure our security from now on.
 
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