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) BANGLADESH: On 13 September, authorities announced that at least 99 bodies, believed to be those of Rohingya Muslims, have washed ashore in Bangladesh.
B. (U) ROMANIA: On 13 September, Romania's coast guard has rescued before dawn more than 157 migrants from Iraq and Iran, of which were 53 children, from a ship in distress on the Black Sea.
C. (U) UNITED STATES: On 11 September, two men aboard a boat filled with marijuana were arrested after officials found 1,500 pounds of marijuana on the suspects’ craft.
D. (U) INDONESIA: On 11 September, robbers boarded a bulk carrier during cargo operations in Muara Berau, Samarinda Anchorage.
E. (U) CYPRUS: On 10 September, authorities intercepted two boats carrying more than 300 migrants off the northwest coast of the island.
F. (U) TURKEY: Between 9 and 10 September, Turkish authorities rescued 313 migrants on the Black Sea attempting to reach Balkan countries.
G. (U) ITALY: Between 9 and 10 September, authorities in the port of Gioia Tauro found two large consignments of cocaine hidden in shipping containers coming from South America.
H. (U) ROMANIA: On 9 September, the Romanian coastguard intercepted a fishing boat in the Black Sea with 97 migrants on board, 36 of them children.
I. (U) UNITED KINGDOM: On 9 September, three men were arrested after illegal firearms were found on five boats moored at Fallwood Marina in Bramley.
J. (U) ROMANIA: On 8 September, authorities intercepted a boat heading for Romanian territorial waters. The fishing boat was carrying around 120 migrants.
K. (U) GUINEA: On 8 September, seven robbers armed with knives and crowbars boarded an anchored bulk carrier in Conakry Anchorage.
L. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 7 September, Philippine security forces rescued two Indonesians kidnapped in November 2016 by the Abu Sayyaf extremist group off Kunak town in Sabah, Malaysia.
M. (U) MALAYSIA: On 7 September, authorities completed a lengthy search of a shipping container at Sepanggar Port, finding large amounts of smuggled ivory and Pangolin scales.
N. (U) INDIA: On 7 September, an Indian Coast Guard unit detained a passenger vessel, MSV AL KARIMI, on suspicion of the illegal transfer and smuggling of 5,000 liters of diesel fuel. O. (U) MALAYSIA: On 7 September, four persons armed with a gun and knives boarded an underway LPG carrier 35 nm south-southeast of Pulau Aur.
P. (U) NIGERIA: On 7 September, the Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted 1,100 rifles which were smuggled into the country from Turkey.
Q. (U) BAHRAIN: On 6 September, authorities announced the arrest of two Bahrainis in connection with an attempt to smuggle 68 kilograms of drugs into the kingdom.
R. (U) VIETNAM: On 6 September, authorities in the port of Cat Lai searched a shipping container arriving from Africa and found 1,356 kilograms of smuggled ivory. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
S. (U) CANADA: On 3 September, authorities searched a 9-meter sailboat, named Quesera, in East River, Nova Scotia, and found 270 kilograms of cocaine.
T. (U) ROMANIA: On 3 September, authorities rescued 87 migrants onboard boat off its Black Sea coast.
U. (U) SAUDI ARABIA: On 3 September, naval patrols of the Border Guards in the Makkah region broke up an attempt to smuggle in a large quantity of hashish through the Jeddah sector.
V. (U) COLOMBIA: On 2 September, robbers boarded an anchored LPG tanker in Cartagena Inner Anchorage.
W. (U) GRENADA: On 1 September, multiple boardings were reported aboard 6 occupied and unoccupied yachts in Prickly Bay.
X. (U) SRI LANKA: On 1 September, Sri Lanka Navy personnel arrested three Indian nationals attempting to smuggle in a banned herbicide in the seas off the northwest coast.
Y. (U) INDIA: On 29 August, robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker during cargo operations in Kakinada Port.
Z. (U) INDONESIA: On 25 August, authorities boarded and searched the cargo ship AMANAH II, near the Riau Islands, finding 15 tons of smuggled salt.
AA. (U) EGYPT: On 21 August, authorities announced the arrest of a group of persons involved in smuggling a collection of 18th century artifacts
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for September 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 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 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 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 September 2017. For further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; or fax +7 (499) 642-83-29. (MSCHOA)