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) TURKEY: On 30 August, security forces intercepted 150 Syrian refugees who boarded a fishing boat to Romania from the city of Kastamonu.
B. (U) JAMAICA: On 28 August, narcotics detectives and customs agents seized 187 pounds of cocaine at the Kingston Container Terminal.
C. (U) RED SEA: On 28 August, a merchant vessel reported sighting 4 skiffs with 5 to 6 persons in each boat in the Bab el Mandeb.
D. (U) NIGERIA: On 28 August, unknown gunmen, suspected to be militants, attacked a Navy boat and killed four soldiers and a civilian in Bayelsa State.
E. (U) NEW CALEDONIA: On 27 July, a French Navy ship boarded sailing yacht AFALINA and during the course of a search, 1.46 tons of cocaine were found. F. (U) GRENADA: On 27 August, an unoccupied catamaran was boarded while anchored in Mt. Hartman Bay.
G. (U) BAHAMAS: On 27 August, a large amount of marijuana was seized in Williams Town. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED H. (U) LIBYA: On 27 August, Libyan naval forces seized the Liberia-flagged oil tanker LEVANTE with its crew of 20 on suspicion of smuggling.
I. (U) LIBYA: On 25 August, Tripoli's Rada Special Deterrence Force announced it had arrested one of the biggest Libyan fuel smugglers and human traffickers.
J. (U) INDIA: On 25 August, India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seized 40 metric tons of red sandalwood logs which were about to be smuggled to Malaysia.
K. (U) GREECE: On 23 August, Greek authorities intercepted a smuggling boat carrying 62 migrants northwest of Strofades Island.
L. (U) MARTINIQUE: On 22 August, a thief stole a dinghy and outboard motor from a yacht anchored in Le Marin.
M. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 19 August, Philippine troops raided an Islamist militants' camp on a remote southern island and rescued a Vietnamese sailor held captive for nine months. N. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 August, two Moroccan sailors kidnapped on 30 July were released.
O. (U) SOMALIA: On 11 August, Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that they are working to repatriate 18 migrant workers who are on a Thai fishing boat in Somalia.
P. (U) COLOMBIA: On 10 August, Colombian police seized 1,054 kilograms of cocaine at the country’s main Pacific port of Buenaventura.
Q. (U) MALAYSIA: On 9 August, marine police recovered 3,300 sea turtle eggs from two abandoned boats in a mangrove swamp near Sandakan.
R. (U) GUYANA: During the week of 7 August, pirates attacked four fishing vessels in the Waini River.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for August and September 2017. To apply for JMSDF escort, visit http://www.mlit.go.jp/en/maritime/maritime_fr2_000000.html, please contact directly the AntiPiracy 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 and September 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 and September 2017. For further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Tel: 00870 773 121 248; or 441 203 136. (MSCHOA)
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for August and September 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) E. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Russian Navy convoy escort schedule for August and September 2017. For further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; or fax +7 (499) 642-83-29. (MSCHOA)