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Maritime union hopes film on 2009 pirate attack will raise awareness
Maritime union hopes film on 2009 pirate attack will raise awareness

After Navy SEAL snipers killed three Somali pirates during the dramatic rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips off the Horn of Africa in 2009, the merchant mariner became an overnight star, lauded as a hero for sacrificing himself to save his cargo ship's crew. Now, officials with the Baltimore-based International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots — the union that represents licensed merchant mariners — hope Phillips' story, and the Oct. 11 release of a big-budget film based on his high-seas ordeal, will help them raise awareness about their work in Baltimore. It is here that Phillips and many other ship captains from around the world train in two massive, $30...

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