The UAE bunker tanker Aris 13 was hijacked by Somali pirates in Gulf of Aden near the Horn of Africa. The vessel was carrying fuel from Djibouti to Mogadishu, when was approached by two motor skiffs with heavy armed men on board. The Master raised alarm and sent distress signal, but unfortunately the pirates succeeded to board the vessel and took control. After the vessel was hijacked, the pirates turned off the AIS and altered course for the Somali port town of Alula. The incident was confirmed by local authorities and Naval Force operating in Gulf of Aden. During the hijacking the bunker tanker Aris 13 has eight crew on board, but their destiny is unknown. There is no ransom request yet and authorities did not succeeded to get in contact with pirates.
“The vessel’s captain reported to the company they were approached by two skiffs and that one of them they could see armed personnel on board”, said the spokeswoman for the European Union Naval Force operation off Somalia, Ftl Lt Louise Tagg and confirmed about the accident. “The ship changed course quite soon after that report and is now anchored”, added she.
Aircraft from regional naval force EU Navfor were flying overhead to track the ship’s progress and to try to determine what was happening, but the only known information is that the ship was anchored off Alula.
The bunker tanker Aris 13 (IMO: 9012501) has overall length of 62.00 m, moulded beam of 13.00 m and maximum draft of 4.60 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 1,800 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,188 GRT. The tanker is owned by Panama company Armi Shipping and managed by Aurora Ship Management in the United Arab Emirates. The vessel was built in 1991 by North Shipyard in Singapore.
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