Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
2 October – 2 November 2017
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
1. (U) The Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) message provides information on piracy threats to, and criminal action against or that involves merchant vessels, the shipping industry, and other maritime stakeholders worldwide in the last 30 days. This report is produced primarily to inform merchant mariners and naval forces.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) NIGERIA: On 1 November, a merchant vessel was attacked in the vicinity of Port Harcourt. .
B. (U) ALBANIA: Between 30 and 31 October, 100 Syrians of whom 39 children, were rescued by the Albanian naval vessel ORIKU in the Aegean Sea in two different operations. .
C. (U) NEW ZEALAND: On 31 October, four persons were arrested in Tauranga after they retrieved a shipment of cocaine from hidden container attached to the exterior of the hull. .
D. (U) COLOMBIA: On 29 October, robbers boarded an anchored LPG tanker noticed a small boat in Cartagena Inner Anchorage. .
E. (U) BRAZIL: On 29 October, robbers boarded a passenger ferry on the Amazon River in the state of Para and robbed the passengers and crew. .
F. (U) MALAYSIA: On 29 October, five robbers with knives in a skiff boarded a tanker underway 4 nm southsoutheast of the Kampung Sungai Buntu Coast. .
G. (U) PORTUGAL: On 28 October, Portugal’s drug enforcement agency, jointly with the Portuguese Navy and Air Force intercepted the in the ro-ro cargo ship AGAT, off the coast of Morocco. 1130 kilos of cocaine were found. .
H. (U) EL SALVADOR: On 27 October, authorities intercepted and seized and semi-submersible craft carrying 1.7 tons of cocaine. .
I. (U) SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE: On 27 October, five skiffs approached an underway LPG Tanker 35 nm northwest of Sao Tome & Principe. .
J. (U) INDONESIA: On 27 October, four robbers boarded a tanker anchored, Cilacap Anchorage. .
K. (U) INDONESIA: On 27 October, five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored product tanker 13 nm north-northeast of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan. .
L. (U) NIGERIA: On 25 October, armed pirates from a speed boat boarded an underway crude oil tanker 51 nm south-southwest of Bonny Island. .
M. (U) NEW CALEDONIA: On 25 October, authorities announced that the French Navy intercepted a yacht in New Caledonia's exclusive economic zone and found 578 kilograms of cocaine onboard. .
N. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 30 September, at least seven robbers boarded an anchored container ship in Manila South Port Anchorage
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements .
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for November 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 November 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 November 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 November 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 November 2017. For further information, e-mail email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax +7 (499) 642-83-29. (MSCHOA)