First Hijacking of a Merchant Vessel by Somali Pirates in Five Years

This attack reinforces the need for vessels to follow Best Management Practices (BMP) within the High Risk Area. 

MARCH 14, 2017—Nairobi, Kenya – On 13 March 2017 Somali pirates hijacked the MT ARIS 13, a tanker vessel en route to Mogadishu from Djibouti. The ship was seized approximately 18 km off the northern tip of Somalia.
This incident marks the first hijacking of a large merchant vessel since the height of Somali piracy in 2012.
Details of the MT ARIS 13:

  • Crew consists of eight Sri Lankans
  • Owned by Panama-based company, Comoros flagged, and United Arab Emirates managed vessel
  • Carrying a cargo of gas and fuel
  • Not registered with the Maritime Security Center for the Horn of Africa, an organization that registers and tracks commercial traffic in region

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