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.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) SOMALIA: On 12 April, Somali security forces clashed with pirates and freed nine seamen recently kidnapped from an Indian cargo dhow.
B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 8 April, armed pirates in a skiff boarded the bulk carrier OS 35 147nm southeast of Al Mukalla.
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 8 April, a suspicious skiff with three persons on board approached an underway tanker approximately 140 nm northwest of Socotra Island.
D. (U) ANGOLA: On 7 April, two robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored in the Congo River.
E. (U) MEDITERRANEAN SEA: On 6 April, Italy's Coast Guard and humanitarian ships rescued 1,350 migrants in 12 separate operations.
F. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 5 April, robbers boarded a sailing yacht berthed at the long main dock in Port de France.
G. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 2 April, robbers boarded a sailing yacht berthed at the long main dock in Port de France.
H. (U) GUINEA: In early April, Guinean fishery authorities and an environmental NGO conducted a joint surveillance operation. During the operation, numerous shark fins were discovered on two Chinese fishing vessels. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
I. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 1 April, a robber boarded a sailing yacht anchored in Charlestown Bay. J. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 28 March, two robbers boarded a sailing yacht anchored in Charlestown Bay.
K. (U) MOZAMBIQUE: On 22 March, two robbers boarded a bulk carrier at Berth No 6, Port of Beira.