Office of Naval Intelligence
Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
Table of Contents
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
1. (U) Scope Note
(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
1. UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 002/MAR 2017
2. UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 001/MAR 2017
3. UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 002/FEB 2017
4. UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 001/FEB 2017
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 9 March 2017, an MV reported two motherships had deployed four skiffs that approached the MV to within 1 cable.
B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 7 March, an MV reported being followed by a two skiffs with 16 - 20 armed persons.
C. (U) NIGERIA: On 6 March, seven Russian sailors and one Ukrainian national, who were kidnapped last month off the coast of Nigeria, were freed.
D. (U) LIBYA: On 5 March, the Russia-flagged general cargo ship MERLE was seized by the Libya Coast Guard.
E. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 5 March, a skiff with six persons onboard approached and followed general cargo ship PHU AN 268 for approximately 1.5 hours.
F. (U) PUERTO RICO: On 2 March, robbers stole a dinghy and outboard motor from a sailing yacht anchored in Sun Bay, Vieques.
G. (U) HONG KONG: On 2 March, Customs authorities broke up a smuggling attempt when they arrested five men and confiscated more than HK$10 million worth of goods.
H. (U) NIGERIA: On 2 March, a boat reportedly followed a general cargo vessel 127 nm southwest of Lagos for nearly 2 hours.
I. (U) ARABIAN SEA: On 2 March, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS ARUNTA seized 800 kilograms of hashish from a dhow in the Arabian Sea.
J. (U) VENEZUELA: On 1 March, three robbers boarded an anchored product tanker in Puerto La Cruz.
K. (U) MALAYSIA: On 1 March, state marine police foiled an attempt to smuggle 21,000 liters of diesel in an operation near Seberang Takir River.
L. (U) LIBYA: On 24 February, HACI TELLI, a Turkey-flagged oil tanker, was seized by an armed group.
M. (U) INDIA: On 17 February, two robbers boarded an offshore support vessel anchored 6.3nm west of JNPT Port, Mumbai.