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Attack, Hijack, Kidnap


Somali pirates hijack first commercial

ship since 2012

Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia, Somali officials and piracy experts have

said, the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel on the crucial global trade route since 2012.

On March 13th, the 1,800 dwt

Comoros-flagged tanker Aris

13 (IMO 9012501) sent a

distress call, turned off its

tracking system and altered

course for the Somali port town of Alula.

The vessel was attacked by two skiffs on its

way from Djibouti to Mogadishu. An EU

Naval Force statement said the operation

had finally made contact with the ship's

master, who confirmed that armed men

were aboard the Comoros-flagged tanker

Aris 13.

According to Kateryna Yakunchenkova,

General Manager of Al Safina Security,

“The hijacking incident brings the industry

into doubts if the preventive, evasive and

defensive measures were implemented

while passing the HRA in compliance

with BMP4. Apparently, MT Aris 13

wasn’t a hard task for the pirates, the speed

was low and it was too close to the coast,

absence of continuous vigilance. When

deciding on a ship’s route, the company

should take into consideration the type

of ship, the size and maximum speed as

well as the freeboard and the dangerous

nature of the cargo.”

The vessel is managed by a UAE-based


The 1,800 deadweight tonne Aris 13

is owned by Panama company Armi

Shipping (as per A U.N. shipping database)

whose address is listed in care of Aurora

Ship Management FZE, a company based

in Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates.

Australian government records from 2014

list the ship's owner as Flair Shipping

Trading FZE in the UAE. An address

listed for Flair Shipping in Dubai was

for a company called Flair Oil Trading

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