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 KINGDOM: On 21 September, activists from an environmental group boarded the vehicle carrier ELBE HIGHWAY in the port of Sheerness.
B. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 20 September, customs authorities announced the seizure of 500 sacks of smuggled rice in a shipping container falsely declared to contain polyester fabric.
C. (U) NIGERIA: On 19 September, customs authorities announced another find of smuggled weapons at Tin Can Port in a shipping container loaded with 475 smuggled rifles.
D. (U) VIETNAM: On 19 September, robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier during cargo operations in Campha Inner Anchorage.
E. (U) BRAZIL: On 19 September, press reporting announced that a female British adventurer on a solo kayaking trip through the Amazon was shot dead by river pirates.
F. (U) GREECE: On 19 September, authorities arrested the captain and chief mechanic of a ship that was taking part in a cleanup operation on charges of fuel smuggling.
G. (U) VIETNAM: Between 17 and 18 September, border guard forces intercepted 2 illegal shipments of fish and fish products being smuggled from China by boat. H. (U) UNITED STATES: On 18 September, authorities arrested 3 persons and seized a boat and 1,600 pounds of marijuana after the cargo came ashore on a beach.
I. (U) NIGERIA: On 18 September, a vessel reported it was attacked and boarded near Parrot Island, Calabar, kidnapping five persons.
J. (U) MALAYSIA: On 16 September, maritime officials in Labuan seized a large consignment of smuggled beer from a speedboat.
K. (U) UNITED STATES: On 16 Sept, the United States Coast Guard intercepted a fishing vessel operating illegally in waters off the coast of Texas.
L. (U) NIGERIA: On 16 September, The Nigerian Navy arrested six Bangladesh nationals and 16 Nigerians for allegedly illegally diverting 22 metric tons of diesel along the Calabar water channel.
M. (U) LIBYA: On 15 September, the general cargo ship ENVI 1 was intercepted by Libyan Coast Guard off Zawya, under suspicion of illegal transportation of construction materials.
N. (U) GUINEA: On 15 September, seven robbers armed with a gun, knives and iron bars boarded an anchored container ship in Conakry Anchorage.
O. (U) CAYMAN ISLANDS: On 14 September, officers arrested several men from Jamaica for transporting marijuana in a canoe.
P. (U) CHINA: On 14 September, Chinese authorities announced they had busted an oil smuggling group in Fujian Province, in eastern China.
Q. (U) PERU: On 14 September, container ship DIMITRIS C was searched by police and customs officers in the port of Ilo. Cocaine was found during the search.
R. (U) NIGERIA: On 14 September, a supply vessel reported that its security team fired warning shots at a suspicious speedboat as it headed towards their vessel 9 nm southwest of Bonny Island. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
S. (U) TAIWAN: On 5 September, police seized 70 kilograms of hydroxylamine hydrochloride, a substance used to make the recreational drug Ketamine.
T. (U) PANAMA: On 29 August, a thief stole a dinghy and outboard motor from a yacht anchored in Bocas del Toro.
U. (U) NIGERIA: On 27 August, the Nigerian Navy arrested four trawlers belonging to a Chinese company and 79 suspects for Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported (IUU) fishing.
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)