Mass. Maritime Grads Aboard Hijacked Ship

The top two commanders of the American-flagged cargo ship, hijacked off the coast of Somalia, are graduates of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

The second in command, Capt. Shane Murphy, is a 2001 graduate of the academy where he was taught by Thomas Bushy, the vice president of marine operations and the master of the training ship "Kennedy."

Bushy describes Murphy as well-trained and experienced. "He's been in the industry now for eight or nine years," Bushy says. "He's a chief mate, he's in a very responsible position on the ship, No.2 to the captain. I have nothing but confidence that he did a good job."

Again, the Pentagon says the crew members have re-taken control of the ship, but there are conflicting reports, one indicating that the captain is still being held hostage and negotiations continue for his release.

This program aired on April 8, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.


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