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) UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: On 22 August, a state-owned newspaper in Dubai reported that a man was recently arrested for smuggling 5.7 million amphetamine pills.
B. (U) PANAMA: On 21 August, an in-the-water but chain locked dinghy and outboard motor were stolen overnight from a sailing yacht anchored in Portobello Bay.
C. (U) INDONESIA: On 20 August, two robbers boarded an underway bulk carrier 4.7 nm south-southeast of Pulau Nipah.
D. (U) UNITED STATES: On 20 August, two men were reportedly stabbed while aboard the fishing vessel FV BILLY B, near Pensacola, Florida.
E. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 August, one robber boarded a tanker anchored in Lagos General Purpose Anchorage.
F. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 August, a merchant vessel reported that eight black-hulled skiffs with two persons on board each skiff made a suspicious approach 14 nm off Delta State.
G. (U) RED SEA: On 19 August, a merchant vessel was approached by 5 skiffs with three persons in each skiff. H. (U) RED SEA: On 18 August, a merchant vessel was approached by a number of skiffs with 5 to 6 persons in each skiff.
I. (U) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: On 18 August, an unoccupied trimaran on a mooring in Luperon Bay had its primary mooring line released and the secondary anchor and rope stolen.
J. (U) ROMANIA: On 13 August, a Turkey-flagged motor-yacht was intercepted by a patrol ship belonging to Romania’s Black Sea Coast Guard, 10 nautical miles away from Mangalia Port. The coast guard found 69 Iraqi migrants onboard.
K. (U) VENEZUELA: On 12 August, six fishermen on Lake Maracaibo were assaulted and murdered by pirates.
L. (U) ST MARTIN: On 9 August, a dinghy and outboard motor were stolen from a sailing yacht anchored in Simpson Bay Lagoon.
M. (U) GHANA: On 4 August, deck watch personnel onboard an LPG tanker anchored in Takoradi Anchorage.
N. (U) VANUATU: During a 10 day period in August, 117 fishing vessels were boarded at sea and in port during a regional operation to crack down on illegal tuna fishing.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for August 2017. To apply for JMSDF escort, visit http://www.mlit.go.jp/en/maritime/maritime_fr2_000000.html, please contact directly the Anti-Piracy Contact and Coordination Office, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MILT), Japan: Tel: +81-3-5253-8932; Fax: +81-3-5253-1643. Email: INFO-PIRACY@mlit.go.jp. (MSCHOA)
B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Korean Navy convoy schedule for August 2017. All merchant vessels wishing to join the convoy group must submit their application forms directly to the ROK naval warship carrying out the mission. The ROK MTG can be reached directly at 1-203-574-6387. Email: email@example.com. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese Navy convoy schedule for August 2017. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Tel: 00870 773 121 248; or 441 203 136. (MSCHOA) UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for August 2017. To register, email email@example.com; or visit www.dgshipping.com. Telephone numbers for contact are: 91-22-22614646 or fax at 91-22-22613636. (MSCHOA)