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) RED SEA: On 28 June, a merchant vessel reported that 5 skiffs with 4 -5 persons aboard and carrying weapons made a suspicious approach in the southern Red Sea.
B. (U) MEDITERRANEAN: Between 26 and 27 June, about 5,000 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast by emergency services, Italy's Navy, aid groups, and private boats.
C. (U) MEDITERRANEAN: On 25 June, an Irish naval ship rescued 712 people including pregnant women and infants off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
D. (U) BAB EL MANDEB: On 25 June, a merchant vessel reported that one dark hulled skiff with 8 persons aboard and carrying weapons made a suspicious approach in the Bab el Mandeb Strait.
E. (U) VENEZUELA: On 24 June, eight robbers boarded an anchored tanker in Jose Terminal Anchorage, during the pre-departure inspection.
F. (U) MALAYSIA: On 23 June, CP 41, a laden tanker en route from Singapore to Songkhla, Thailand, was hijacked by six armed pirates in a speed boat 33 nm north-northeast of Kuantan.
G. (U) INDONESIA: On 21 June, while carrying out pre-departure checks a duty crewman noticed wet footsteps on the poop deck of a cargo ship anchored at Jetty No. 3, CPO Kabil Port, Batam.
H. (U) GREECE: On 16 June, the Greek Coast Guard seized 1,557,200 contraband cigarette packs from the Tanzania-flagged cargo ship GOLENDRI as it was sailing south of Crete.
I. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 1 June, an outboard motor was stolen from a sailing yacht anchored in Wallilabou.
J. (U) TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: On 30 May, customs authorities discovered three high-powered assault rifles in a barrel containing loose dog food at the El Socorro Bond area of Piarco Air Services.
K. (U) SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: On 24 May, a dinghy and outboard motor were stolen from a UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED sailing yacht anchored in Wallilabou.
L. (U) TAIWAN: In early June, customs officials seized approximately 18.6 metric tons of smuggled tobacco at the Port of Taichung in central Taiwan.