On the 24th October 2014 Captain Phillips premiers across New Zealand - a much anticipated pulse-pounding thriller featuring piracy on the high seas. Based on a true story and starring two time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Cast Away, The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan) as Captain Richard Phillips, the film focuses on the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama container ship by Somali pirates, shedding light on piracy which remains a significant issue across the globe in the modern age.
With close to 500 liner shipping services operating worldwide with a combined outgoing annual TEU capacity exceeding 114 million (according to the World Shipping Council) the chance of a piracy attack on a container ship remains extremely low, particularly when you consider a sizeable portion of raids target alternative vessel types such as crude and chemical tankers, or smaller vessels such as tugs and barges. Countries such as the United States now patrol waters to defend vessels in and around some key trade routes which have reported high rates of piracy.
We note Champion Freight services have never been affected by piracy in over a decade of business specialising in the shipment of international sea freight.