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Captain Phillips' secret weapon: training

As the “Captain Phillips” movie starring Tom Hanks was released nationally in early October, the real Phillips was interviewed numerous times in the mainstream media including ABC's World News Tonight, where he talked a lot about the training he received during his career.

Rich Phillips said it all started for him as a young mariner at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies near Baltimore, and he continuously emphasizes the crucial role of training for all sea captains.

The institute is where Phillips said he learned navigation, bridge resource management as well as how to deal with high seas emergencies — including a pirate attack. Phillips credits this solid training at the institute for getting him and the crew through the hijacking ordeal in 2009 in the Gulf of Aden.

Click here for the full report by The Maritime Executive.