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 23 May, Somali pirates reportedly hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel to use as a base to attack bigger ships.
B. (U) INDONESIA: On 22 May, authorities seized 63.8 tons of smuggled ammonium nitrate on a boat bound for eastern Indonesia.
C. (U) ABU DHABI: On 21 May, authorities intercepted a small boat carrying five persons attempting to smuggle 100 kilograms of hashish and one million Captagon tablets. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
D. (U) NIGERIA: On 20 May, suspected militants bombed an oil pipeline operated by the Nigerian Gas Company Limited near Sanomi Creek.
E. (U) ITALY: Between 19 and 20 May, rescuers pulled 2,121 migrants to safety from boats in the Mediterranean and recovered one dead body.
F. (U) INDONESIA: On 20 May, six robbers wearing masks and armed with long knives boarded a berthed chemical tanker at the MSSP Jetty, Lubuk Gaung Port, Dumai.
G. (U) VENEZUELA: On 18 May, robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker 4 nm west of Lecheria.
H. (U) BAHRAIN: On 17 May, Kuwaiti media announced that Bahrain and several regional neighbors had recently intercepted several ‘huge’ shipments of charcoal coming from Somalia en route Kuwait.
I. (U) COLOMBIA: On 17 May, authorities found 87 kilograms of cocaine in a duffel bag stashed in a small compartment of the bulk carrier NORD MANZANILLA in the port of Barranquilla.
J. (U) NIGERIA: On 16 May, gunmen kidnapped four Itsekiri community leaders and four officials of Elcrest, a Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, along the Benin River, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.
K. (U) GUYANA: On 16 May, two masked pirates attacked a fishing boat in the Corentyne River.
L. (U) CAYMAN ISLANDS: On 12 May, a beached dinghy/outboard motor was stolen from the beach area near downtown Georgetown.
M. (U) NIGERIA: On 12 May, two skiffs approached an underway tanker underway in Yoho Anchorage.