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) SPAIN: On 17 August, Spain's Coast Guard says it rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24- hour period, amid a spike in the number of migrant arrivals.
B. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 15 August, two robbers boarded a container ship anchored in Manila South Harbor Anchorage.
C. (U) MALAYSIA: On 13 August, two robbers attempted to board a berthed tanker in Sandakan Port.
D. (U) ECUADOR: On 13 August, Chinese refrigerator ship FU YUAN YU LENG 999, with 20 crew, was arrested by the Ecuador Navy near San Cristobal Island. E. (U) GREECE: On 11 August, Greek authorities seized two tons of Albania-grown marijuana on an Italy-flagged UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED yacht destined for the Aegean Sea islands.
F. (U) RED SEA: On 10 August, a merchant vessel was approached by 7 skiffs 16 nm southeast of Mocha Port.
G. (U) LITHUANIA: On 9 August, more than 600 kilograms of cocaine was seized in the port city of Klaipeda.
H. (U) YEMEN: On 9 August, at least 50 migrants drowned when they were thrown into the Arabian Sea by a boatman they had paid to take them across the Gulf of Aden.
I. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 9 August, robbers boarded a container ship anchored in Manila Anchorage.
J. (U) PANAMA: On 2 August, a US Navy guided missile destroyer seized more than 800 kilograms of cocaine off the coast of Central America.
K. (U) MALAYSIA: On 29 July, 8,000 kilograms of pangolin scales were seized by customs authorities at the Sepanggar Bay container port, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
L. (U) SCOTLAND: In July, an amateur drone pilot sparked a security review of Britain’s biggest and most technologically advanced aircraft carrier after a handheld drone landed on the flight deck of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH while it was docked in Invergordon.
M. (U) RUSSIA: On 22 June, the master of a ship off the Russian port of Novorossiysk discovered his GPS put him in the wrong spot, more than 32 kilometers inland, at Gelendzhik Airport.