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
A. (U) GULF OF OMAN: On 28 September, a merchant tanker was attacked 20 nm south of al Gaydah, Yemen.
B. (U) MYANMAR: On 27 September, a large mob forced an aid ship to unload 50 tons of aid packages in the port of Sittwe.
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 26 September, a merchant vessel reported sighting suspicious five skiffs with four persons in each skiff.
D. (U) UNITED KINGDOM: On 24 September, two stowaways had to be airlifted from a passenger ferry 20 miles off the Devon coast after falling ill when they hid in a fridge for 13 hours.
E. (U) LIBYA: On 24 September, a bulk carrier reported being attacked 42 nm east-northeast of Derna.
F. (U) GUATEMALA: On 23 September, authorities impounded 33 boats that were used to transport cocaine.
G. (U) SOMALIA: On 23 September, Puntland authorities said that they have seized a boat carrying illegal weapons and other materials off the coastal town of Bosasso.
H. (U) VENEZUELA: On 22 September, the duty officer onboard a bulk carrier anchored in Puerto La Cruz Anchorage raised ship’s alarm for missing duty crewman.
I. (U) NIGERIA: On 22 September, a tugboat, towing a barge was attacked in the Ekebiri Waterway, two people were killed.
J. (U) NIGERIA: On 22 September, pirates killed two persons in Bayelsa when a passenger boat was attacked.
K. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 22 September, a merchant vessel reported sighting suspicious one skiff with three persons on board carrying weapons approximately 151 nm southwest of Mukalla, Yemen.
L. (U) MALAYSIA: On 21 September, the mastermind behind the hijacking of tanker MGT 1 was given 16 years in jail for conspiracy to hijack while the 10 other Indonesians that were actually caught onboard in the hijack attempt were also jailed for 16 years each.
M. (U) UNITED KINGDOM: On 20 September, authorities in the port of Gloucestershire arrested four stowaways onboard the Ireland-flagged general cargo ship ARKLOW RAVEN.
N. (U) SPAIN: On 20 September, several persons utilizing 2 Netherlands-flagged tug boats attempted to steal a partially constructed cable laying ship LIVING STONE from a shipyard in Bilbao.
O. (U) NIGERIA: On 20 September, a robber boarded an anchored tanker in Lagos Anchorage.
P. (U) NETHERLANDS: On 18 September, two suspects were arrested after the authorities intercepted 3,800 kilograms of cocaine in the port of Antwerp.
Q. (U) MALTA: On 6 September, during a joint operation by police and the Armed Forces of Malta, 70 kilograms of cannabis resin were found in a boat entering Ghadira Bay.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for September and October 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) UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Korean Navy convoy schedule for September and October 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese Navy convoy schedule for September and October 2017. For further information, please e-mail email@example.com, or call Tel: 00870 773 121 248; or 441 203 136. (MSCHOA)
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for September and October 2017. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 and October 2017. For further information e-mail email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax +7 (499) 642-83-29. (MSCHOA)