Maersk President: Crew Must Remain Aboard

By: Larry O'Dell AP
By: Larry O'Dell AP

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 Rheinhart 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.

Rheinhart 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. Rheinhart says the rest of the crew has made it clear that Phillips' safe return is their main concern.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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