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Somali pirates demand ransom for crew of hijacked tanker

Somali pirates demand ransom for crew of hijacked tanker

And shipping companies took extra precautions, including putting armed guards on their vessels, which calmed nerves in the industry and kept pirates off their boats and out of the headlines. The EU statement says the ship's master issued a mayday alert.

The oil tanker Aris 13 departed Colombo Harbour on January 28, - bound for the Port of Mogadishu, Somalia carrying oil and gas. Steed, a former British colonel, has worked on piracy for almost a decade and is in close contact with naval forces tracking the ship.

The European Union anti-piracy operation in the region announced late Tuesday that the armed men are holding the crew captive and demanding a ransom for the ship's release.

Pirate hijacks are usually carried out for ransom, but no ransom request has yet been made.

If confirmed, it would be the first hijacking of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since 2012. The Sri Lankan government said that eight of its citizens were on the ship.

The U.N. report concluded: "The ultimate solution to the problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia lies in a stable and secure future for Somalia".


Now shipping companies are scrambling to find out whether the attack is a one-off, or whether pirates could once again threaten one of the world's most important shipping lanes and cost the industry billions of dollars annually.

The ARIS 13 is also an easier target than the larger container vessels and supertankers that Somali pirates once targeted.

This effectively broke the pirates' business model as, until then, they had been able to approach a ship, often at dawn after a night of chewing the narcotic qat leaf, open fire on the bridge to scare the captain into slowing down and stopping, and then they would board it using ladders.

Although Somalia remains mired in violence and poverty, the Horn of Africa nation has shown some small signs of progress in recent years despite a civil war lasting more than a quarter of a century. Calls and emails to Aurora went unanswered. Argyrios Karagiannis, the managing director of Flair Shipping, declined to comment.

The local elder said young men in the area had turned to piracy because their livelihoods had been "destroyed" by foreign fishermen. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) warned in its 2016 annual report: "The IMB PRC (Piracy Reporting Centre) believes that a single successful hijacking of a merchant vessel, will rekindle the Somali' pirates desire to resume their piracy efforts".

"They have been sailing through the ocean in search for a foreign ship ... and found this ship and boarded it", Salad Nur told the Associated Press. They don't normally kill hostages unless they come under attack.


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