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Hijacked oil tanker Aris 13 now finally freed by Somalia pirates | Coastweek

The EU Naval Force (Somalia) can confirm that fuel tanker Aris 13 and her crew are now en route to a safe port on the north coast of Somalia after armed pirates, who had been holding the crew since Monday 13 March 2017, departed the ship. PHOTO - EUNAVFOR

Hijacked oil tanker Aris 13 now finally freed by Somalia pirates

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Oceans Beyond Piracy, a privately funded and independent non-profit organization, announced late Thursday on its Twitter account that pirated Aris 13 oil tanker is now free and the crew are safe.

John Steed, a former British army officer with the NGO, also confirmed the release and said the ship is proceeding to Bossaso, a port city in the Bari region of Puntland state in northeastern Somalia.

Pirates on Monday hijacked an oil tanker with eight crew from Sri Lanka off the coast of Somalia, the first hijacking of a large merchant vessel by Somali pirates since 2012.

Local media said the release occurred after negotiations by local elders and officials with the pirates.

The details of the negotiations could not be disclosed yet.

Earlier Thursday, fighting broke out between Puntland anti-pirate forces and armed pirates.

The hijacking came against a backdrop of reduced piracy activities in Somalia.
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UPDATE:

EU Naval Force (Somalia) Confirms Fuel Tanker Aris 13 and Crew Are
Safe and on Their Way to Safe Port After Armed Pirates Depart Ship

The EU Naval Force (Somalia) can confirm that fuel tanker Aris 13 and her crew are now en route to a safe port on the north coast of Somalia after armed pirates, who had been holding the crew since Monday 13 March 2017, departed the ship.

The master confirmed that his crew had suffered no injuries during their 4-day ordeal.

It is understood that members of the Puntland Maritime Police Force assisted with the ship’s release and are currently on board.

Further details about the release are still to be confirmed.
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