Alabama Trial Over Somali Pirate Attack on Maersk Cargo Ship Delayed

December 3, 2013
Cargo Ship

A judge has delayed the trial over a lawsuit filed after Somali pirates took over a U.S. cargo ship in 2009.

Crew members are suing Maersk Line Ltd. and the Mobile-based Waterman Steamship Corp. over the pirate attack that was dramatized in the recent movie “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks.

The lawsuit filed by crew members from the Maersk Alabama was set to go to court Monday in Alabama.

But court officials said the lawsuit is now headed to mediation and could end without a full-blown trial before jurors.

The lawsuit contends the ship was sailing too close to the Somalian coast when pirates boarded and took it over on April 8, 2009.

Maersk denies the claims. Court documents show Waterman had chartered the ship from Maersk.

 

Subscribe Insurance news headlines delivered to your email.
Get a free subscription to our popular email newsletter.

Latest Comments

  • December 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm
    ABDULAZIZ HASSAN ALI-KAAR says:
    I THINK THERE IS NO CAPTAIN IN THE WORLD WHO PUTS RISK HIS CREW,SO KNOWING THAT THE PIRATE WILL DO ANY THING TO HIGH-JACK ANY SHIP.
See all comments

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

More News
More News Features