Maersk Archive

2nd trial begins for ex-Maersk seaman claiming rape

PORTSMOUTH More than four years ago, a jury awarded $25 million to a former Maersk Line Ltd. seaman who alleged he was raped by South Korean police while on shore leave and did not receive proper medical attention under maritime law. Two years later, however, the state's Supreme Court ordered a new trial. Now it's time for the do-over.

Maersk confirms drugs found with 2 dead U.S. guards

Update: An autopsy is planned next week for the bodies of the two security guards to determine their cause of death, according to The Associated Press.

Two U.S. guards found dead on Maersk Alabama

Two American security officers working for a Virginia Beach-based company were found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama while the container ship was docked in the Seychelles.
Police on the island nation in the Indian Ocean said Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44, were found dead Tuesday in Kennedy's cabin on the ship.

Maersk Line Ltd. names next president and CEO


J. Russell Bruner has been named the next president and CEO of Norfolk-based Maersk Line Ltd., the company’s board of directors announced Thursday.

Bruner will succeed John F. Reinhart, who is stepping down at the end of January to become the new executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.

Va. high court calls for new trial in Maersk rape suit

PORTSMOUTH In July 2008, a seaman returned to his ship from shore leave in South Korea and was fired for intoxication. The seaman sued the shipping company, Maersk Line Ltd., for $50 million, saying he had been raped by South Korean police while on shore leave and did not receive proper medical attention under maritime law. A jury awarded him $25 million. A judge reduced it to $2 million.

APM's bid for ports harms competition, rivals say

NORFOLK Three weeks after the state revealed that APM Terminals Inc. wants to take over the operations of the Port of Virginia, questions have surfaced about the possible creation of a "monopoly" port and about how competitive the state's proposal process is.

Warnings on pirates ignored, Maersk lawsuits say

NORFOLK More than half of the crew aboard the Maersk Alabama during a Somali pirate attack in April 2009 have filed lawsuits in Norfolk against the owner and operator of the ship, even as a new movie about the hijacking is in the works.

Maersk unit proposes taking over state cargo terminals

NORFOLK The port of Hampton Roads could be on the verge of a financial and operational makeover, if a multibillion-dollar offer to the state from a unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk Group is accepted.

Pirate attack on Maersk ship averted, company says

NORFOLK The crew of a Norfolk-based Maersk cargo ship thwarted a pirate attack Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman. The Maersk Texas, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk's U.S. subsidiary, Maersk Line Ltd., was crossing the gulf around noon local time when armed pirates approached on several skiffs, the company said in a statement.

Maersk Line changes its dockside fuel

NORFOLK Maersk Line is switching to a less polluting fuel to run its ships docked at the port of Hampton Roads. While berthed to load and unload cargo, Maersk ships will run on auxiliary engines that use low-sulfur marine gas oil, the company said in a statement. The low-sulfur fuel contains up to 95 percent less sulfur than typical marine fuel.

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