- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

NORFOLK, VA. (AP) - The president of the company that owns the American ship seized this week by Somali pirates says that even though the vessel is safely back in port, the crew members must remain aboard for a while.

John Reinhart of Maersk Shipping Line says the Maersk Alabama is a crime scene, and the 19 crewmen cannot leave until the FBI investigates the attack. He says he doesn’t know how long that would be. The ship arrived in a Kenyan port Saturday.

Reinhart says crew members have been provided phones so they can stay in touch with family members.

The ship’s captain, Richard Phillips, is still being held on a lifeboat by four pirates. Reinhart says the rest of the crew has made it clear that Phillips’ safe return is their main concern.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ The president of the company that owns the American ship seized this week by Somalian pirates says that even though the vessel is safely back in port, the crew members must remain aboard for a while.

John Reinhart of Maersk Shipping Line says the Maersk Alabama is a crime scene, and the 19 crewmen cannot leave until the FBI investigates the attack. He says he doesn’t know how long that would be. The ship arrived in a Kenyan port Saturday.

Reinhart says crew members have been provided phones so they can stay in touch with family members.

The ship’s captain, Richard Phillips, is still being held on a lifeboat by four pirates. Reinhart says the rest of the crew has made it clear that Phillips’ safe return is their main concern.


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