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) VENEZUELA: On 2 May, three robbers armed with knives boarded a cement carrier berthed in Berth No.5, Portugalete.
B. (U) RED SEA: On 2 May, a merchant vessel reported a suspicious group of 9 skiffs, black and white hulls with 3 persons in each skiff near, in the southern Red Sea.
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 2 May, a merchant vessel reported a suspicious group of 3 to 4 skiffs, green and white hulls with 4 to 5 persons in each skiff, 12 nm off Yemeni coast, near the entrance to Bab el Mandeb Strait.
D. (U) BANGLADESH: On 2 May, two robbers boarded a product tanker anchored in Chittagong Anchorage. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
E. (U) INDONESIA: On 2 May, three robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored in Tanjung Priok Anchorage, Jakarta.
F. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 1 May, a merchant vessel reported being approached by five skiffs with 5 persons in each skiff, 57 nm southwest of Aden, Yemen.
G. (U) NIGERIA: On 29 April, armed pirates in a speedboat boarded a general cargo vessel underway 47 nm southwest of Bonny Island.
H. (U) GUYANA: On 28 April, duty officer on routine rounds onboard a seismic support vessel anchored in Georgetown Anchorage.
I. (U) LIBYA: On 28 April, Libyan naval forces captured two vessels suspected of smuggling oil from Libya after gun battles lasting several hours west of the capital Tripoli.
J. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 27 April, a yacht was boarded in Luperon Bay.
K. (U) AUSTRALIA: On 27 April, eight suspected illegal Indonesian fishermen were arrested after being found with an illegal cargo of sea snails in Australian waters.
L (U) SAUDI ARABIA: On 25 April, Saudi Arabia confirmed that Yemen based Houthi rebel forces tried to attack an Armco fuel distribution terminal in Jazan province with a remotely controlled boat filled with explosives. .
M. (U) WEST AFRICA: During a recent two month patrol made by an environmental NGO ship with law enforcement authorities from several West African countries embarked, eight Chinese vessels were detained for fishing illegally.
N. (U) PUERTO RICO: On 8 April, a robber boarded a yacht moored in Isabel Segunda and stole an outboard motor.