After what has been a tense few days monitoring the situation off Puntland, the MV Aris 13 has been released by the armed pirates who boarded it and forced it to an anchorage off the coast.

The MV Aris 13 was boarded on Monday 13 March by armed men who later demanded a ransom for the release of the ship and its eight crew.

Japan-led CTF 151 received a report on Friday 17 March from a Japanese MPRA that overflew the MV Aris 13 that the master had confirmed that he and his crew were unharmed and heading to a safe port.

This incident has highlighted the importance of following best management practice (BMP 4) in order to deter potential acts of piracy and using the Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor (IRTC) when planning a route.