The Aris 13 ship released, escorted by the Courbet (V2)

The Courbet RHIB near the tanker Aris 13 (credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

(B2) The tanker Aris 13, captured by Somali pirates on Monday (March 1), was released according to maritime sources. EUNAVFOR Atalanta HQ confirmed this on Thursday (16 March) in the evening. " The ship is free. They are on their way to a safe port on the northern coast of Somalia. Members of the Puntland Marine Police – who helped free the ship – are currently on board.

Crew safe and sound

The captain confirmed that his crew " had suffered no injuries during the attack or during their captivity which was ultimately short-lived (four days). A Japanese patrol plane – part of the Coalition Anti-Piracy Force (CTF 151) – spoke to the captain today (Friday March 17). He confirmed to him that the ship " was quite free, that he had returned to sea, with all the crew".

(shift) Escort by Courbet

A French ship, the FS Courbet, came to meet the tanker's sailors, providing them with support and reassurance after their release. The French sailors notably brought water and other equipment to the crew, ensuring that they needed no further assistance.


(1) Read: The pirates go on the attack again in the Gulf of Aden. The captured Aris 13

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).