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April 9, 2009

Navy takes lead in Maersk Alabama stand-off

Maersk Line, Limited issued the following update at 06.30 EDT today:

The current situation involving the Maersk Alabama has remained much the same throughout the night. The ship's crewmembers have been accounted for and are safely aboard the vessel. However, the ship's captain remains in the custody of the pirates, who departed in one of the ship's encapsulated life boats on April 8. Our main concern remains the safe return of the captain and our latest communications with the ship indicate that he is unharmed. We are working closely with all involved government agencies, particularly the U.S. Navy, which has arrived on the scene and is taking the lead in working toward the captain's release.

We continue to communicate with crewmembers' families on the status of their loved ones. Family members of current Maersk Alabama crewmembers seeking additional information can contact the Maersk Line, Limited Family Assistance Hotline at 1-888-354-5274. We will continue to provide further updates as they become available.


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