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) SOMALIA: On 13 March, Somali pirates hijacked the Comoros-flagged tanker ARIS 13 as the ship was in transit with a cargo of fuel from Djibouti to Mogadishu.
B. (U) ARABIAN SEA: On 13 March, a joint US Navy, Royal Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy operation intercepted a small stateless dhow the Arabian Sea, seizing 270 kilograms of heroin.
C. (U) PUERTO RICO: On 13 March, a dinghy and outboard motor was stolen from a sailing yacht anchored in Vieques.
D. (U) ST LUCIA: On 12 March, thieves boarded an unlocked yacht anchored in Soufriere while crew was ashore.
E. (U) RUSSIA: On 12 March, Russian officials found two dead Nigerian men, believed to have been stowaways, in a cargo hold of bulk carrier LADY SERRA in the port of Svetly, Kaliningrad.
F. (U) YEMEN: On 10 March, a Yemen Coast Guard vessel struck a mine in waters of the southern Red Sea.
G. (U) NIGERIA: On 10 March, a speed boat carrying armed men attacked LNG tanker LA MANCHA KNUTSEN approximately 90 nm south of Port Harcourt.
H. (U) MEXICO: On 8 March, Customs officials in the port of Lazaro Cardenas found four suitcases, containing 130 kilograms of cocaine, inside a shipping container board the container ship LUNA MAERSK.
I. (U) NIGERIA: On 8 March, the bulk carrier SOFIA was attacked 120 nm southwest of Brass, Bayelsa State.