The Socotra Gap, a route passing between Yemen’s Socotra and Ethiopia, is often used by ships as a shortcut to save both time and money. Aris 13, a fuel tanker owned by a Greek company with a Sri Lankan crew, was trying to pass through the Socotra Gap when it was boarded by pirates. The 8 crew members have been released unharmed and without ransom payment.
Sunrise over the Arabian Sea from a city beach in central Mogadishu.
From VoA News:
Prior to the crew being released, gunfire was exchanged between the pirates and marine forces.
John Steed, regional manager of the watchdog group Oceans Without Piracy, told VOA, “They [the pirates] were given an offer they could not refuse — live or die. They were surrounded [with] nowhere to go, so pragmatism won in the end.”
(19 Mar 2017) The crew of a hijacked vessel, the Aris 13, arrived in the Somali port of Bosaso on Sunday after being freed by Somali forces. The ship, which had a crew of eight Sri Lankans, was hijacked by Somali pirates last week. Aris 13 and its crew were released unharmed and no ransom was paid. It was the first major hijacking in the east African nation in almost five years, and had raised fears Somali pirates were back in action.