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Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)  - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report

Office of Naval Intelligence

Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report

1. (U) Scope Note 1. (U) The Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) message provides info on piracy threats to, and criminal action against, merchant vessels and the shipping industry worldwide in the last 30 days. This report is produced primarily to inform merchant mariners and naval forces.

2. (U) Warnings and Advisories


The incident reported on 25 Oct 16 (Advisory 007/Oct/16) and subsequently updated remains the subject of ongoing investigation. Indications are an MV was fired upon with small arms from occupants of 1 skiff whilst underway 5nm from the southern entrance to the Bab el Mandeb TSS. There is a continuing naval presence in the Bab el Mandeb, an area known for small boat activity. The motive for the incident or those involved are unknown at this time. The vessel and crew are safe. Merchant Vessels are advised to remain at a heightened state of vigilance when transiting the SRS/Bab el Mandeb. Further updates to follow. All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported. Email, Tel: +971 4 309 4268, Fax: +971(0)43094254.

2. (U) IMB PRC ADVISORY - 251100 UTC OCT 2016:

General Advisory for ships transiting Celebes Sea / Sulu Sea / Off Sibutu Island, Tawi Tawi, Philippines. In view of the latest and first kidnapping incident on 20 October 2016 involving a merchant ship off Sibutu Island, Philippines. Ships are advised to avoid this area and should consider using the route west of Kalimantan/west side of Sabah/Sarawak instead. Past recent kidnapping incidents involved tugs and fishing boats only. On 20.10.2016 at 1347 in position 04:32N - 119:33E, around 8.2 nm southeast of Sibutu Island, Philippines, a ship was attacked and boarded by armed unknown persons. Two crew members were then kidnapped. 24 hours Anti-Piracy Helpline +603 2031 0014 FAX: +603 2078 5769 Email: IMBKL@ICCCCS.ORG

3. (U) NGA Special Warning 134: Red Sea, Bab el Mandeb Strait, and Gulf of Aden.

Commercial vessels in the region of the Red Sea, Bab el Mandeb Strait, and the Gulf of Aden should operate under a heightened state of alert as increasing tensions in the region escalate the potential for direct or collateral damage to vessels transiting the region. These threats may come from a variety of different sources such as missiles, projectiles or waterborne improvised explosive devices. Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for a 1 October attack on a UAE vessel. Vessels in the region should report hostile activities immediately and contact coalition naval forces via VHF bridge to bridge radio. Email:, phone: 973 1785 3879

Table of Contents

1.Scope Note


3.Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements and Advisories

4.Details: Monthly Incidents by Region

5.Appendix A: Further Contact Information and Resources

6.Appendix B: Terminology and References

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