Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
6 November - 6 December 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) SOUTH KOREA: On 19 December, South Korea’s Coast Guard said it fired 249 warning shots over a group of Chinese fishing boats “swarming around” one of its patrol ships in South Korean waters.
B. (U) UNITED STATES: On 18 December, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it had interdicted a Mexican lancha boat crew suspected of illegally transporting 1,500 pounds of marijuana into U.S. waters.
C. (U) SPAIN: On 18 December, authorities in the port of Algeciras seized 332 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of sugar from Brazil.
D. (U) BANGLADESH: On 16 December, robbers boarded a barge under tow 14 nm west of Nidania.
E. (U) VIETNAM: On 16 December, robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier in Hon Net Anchorage.
F. (U) NIGERIA: On 14 December, at 0830 UTC pirates boarded the Greece-flagged bulk carrier SKYLIGHT 32 nm south of Brass. Ten crewmen were kidnapped. (IMB; www.fleetmon.com)
G. (U) NIGERIA: On 14 December, at 0128 UTC robbers made an unsuccessful attempt to board a merchant vessel south of Brass. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
H. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 14 December, a merchant vessel reported a suspicious approach 60 nm southeast of Mukalla.
I. (U) SINGAPORE STRAIT: On 13 December, four robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker underway in the Singapore Strait.
J. (U) EL SALVADOR: On 12 December, naval forces seized nearly a ton of cocaine and arrested eight people smuggling it on boats intercepted offshore in the Pacific Ocean.
K. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 9 December, robbers boarded an anchored container ship via the anchor chain, near position 14:35N - 120:55E, Manila South Harbor Anchorage.
L. (U) INDONESIA: On 25 October, robbers attempted to board a general cargo ship underway 1.8 nm northwest of Pulau Cula.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for December 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 December 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 December 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 December 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)