Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
16 October - 15 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 13 November, a press release stated that pirates have released six crew members of the container ship MV DEMETER kidnapped in late October off the Nigerian coast.
B. (U) CAPE VERDE: On 13 November, three robbers armed with knives, boarded a sailing yacht anchored at Porto da Praia Bay, Ihla de Santiago.
C. (U) NIGERIA: On 11 November, armed pirates boarded the bulk carrier VENUS BAY drifting 17nm southsouthwest of Bonny Island.
D. (U) NIGERIA: On 10 November, five to six armed personnel in a blue hulled boat, 5 to 6 meters in length attempted to board a vessel in the vicinity of Pennington Terminal.
E. (U) INDONESIA: On 10 November, three robbers boarded an LPG Tanker anchored 14 nm north-northeast of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan.
F. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 10 November, three Vietnamese sailors held for eight months by Islamist gunmen were rescued by soldiers in the southern Philippines.
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) UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
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: email@example.com. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese Navy convoy schedule for November 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 November 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 November 2017. For further information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; or fax +7 (499) 642-83-29. (MSCHOA)