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) NIGERIA: On 19 April, nine pirates in a skiff approached and fired upon a tanker underway 59 nm southsouthwest of Brass.
B. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 April, an offshore tug was boarded by armed criminals 10.8 nm south of Brass.
C. (U) RED SEA: On 16 April, three suspicious, blue-hulled skiffs with five persons in each approached a container ship underway in the southern Red Sea.
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 15 April, six pirates armed with automatic weapons in a white skiff approached and fired upon the product tanker ALHEERA underway southwest of Al Mukalla.
E. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 13 April, militants beheaded a Filipino fishing boat captain abducted during December 2016 in the Celebes Sea.
F. (U) NIGERIA: On 12 April, armed criminals killed two soldiers responding to a distress call.