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Pirates hijack SL freighter off Somali Coast

A Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter has been suspected of being hijacked by Somali Pirates. The vessel Aris 13 – carrying a crew of eight – had sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert said.

“The ship reported it was being followed by two skiffs yesterday afternoon. Then it disappeared,” John Steed of the aid group Oceans Beyond Piracy. (source Reuters)

Reports say that a regional naval force aircraft has been attempting to track the ship’s progress and assess the situation.

The 1,800 dead-weight ton Aris 13 is owned by Panama company Armi Shipping and managed by Aurora Ship Management in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Equasis shipping data website, managed by the French transport ministry.

United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organisation (UKMTO), who had been monitoring the vessel says that they have no current information on the vessel.

If confirmed, the incident would be the first hijack of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since 2012

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