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 - UPDATE 151445 UTC MAR 2017
2. MARAD ADVISORY NOTICE 2017-003A - Tanker Hijacking-Off Somali Coast:
4. UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 003/FEB 2017
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 23 March, probable Abu Sayyaf militants boarded the vehicle carrier SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 9 approximately 19 nm southeast of Sibago Island, in the Moro Gulf, kidnapping 4 crewmen.
B. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 23 March, the Philippine military announced it had successfully rescued two Malaysian tugboat crewmen held by Abu Sayyaf bandits since July 2016.
C. (U) INDONESIA: On 19 March, one robber boarded a tanker anchored 0.8 nm off Pulat Rupat, Dumai.
D. (U) BANGLADESH: On 19 March, four armed men boarded the container ship SANTA FIORENZA, anchored in Chittagong Anchorage.
E. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 18 March, a catamaran anchored at Canouan Charlestown Bay was boarded.
F. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 17 March, a sailing yacht anchored in St Anne had a tiller extension handle stolen from their dinghy at the main dinghy dock.
G. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 17 March, a sailing yacht anchored at St Anne reported that the outboard motor on the dinghy had been stolen from the main dinghy dock.
H. (U) ARABIAN SEA: On 17 March, a joint US Navy, UK Royal Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy operation intercepted a small stateless dhow in the international waters of the Arabian Sea, seizing 500 kilograms of hashish.
I. (U) SOMALIA: On 16 March, the Somali pirates who hijacked the tanker ARIS 13 released the ship without any conditions.
J. (U) YEMEN: On 16 March, at least 42 Somali refugees were killed when a helicopter reportedly attacked the boat in which they were travelling.
K. (U) MALTA: On 15 March, Customs inspectors discovered over 300 kilograms of cocaine while inspecting a container supposedly containing cans of pineapple at Malta Freeport.
L. (U) COLOMBIA: On 15 March, a sailing yacht anchored at Isla Baru was boarded by 4 men armed with a gun and a machete.
M. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 15 March, the Armed Forces of the Philippines confirmed that the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf had killed one of the six Vietnamese seafarers abducted from the bulk carrier GIANG HAI.
N. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 15 March, robbers boarded a chemical tanker anchored in Batangas Anchorage.
O. (U) UNITED STATES: On 12 March, Federal authorities in Florida arrested one man on charges of human trafficking, 2 nm south of Key Largo.
P. (U) INDONESIA: On 11 March, an unknown number of robbers boarded a chemical tanker anchored in Lubuk Gaung Inner Anchorage, Dumai.
Q. (U) INDONESIA: On 9 March, one robber boarded a product tanker anchored in Merak Anchorage OPL