Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
4 December - 3 January 2018
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) CARIBBEAN SEA: On 1 January, product tanker KALUBA was intercepted and boarded, 1,570 kilograms of cocaine was found and 12 crew were detained.
B. (U) BANGLADESH: On 31 December, robbers boarded a barge under tow near Kutubdia Island. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
C. (U) MEXICO: On 30 December, authorities in the port of Lazaro Cardenas found six cases attached to the hull below the waterline of the container ship CAP PALLISER, containing 285 kilos of cocaine.
D. (U) COLOMBIA: On 29 December, three robbers in a wooden boat boarded a general cargo vessel anchored in Cartagena Inner Anchorage.
E. (U) CHINA: On 29 December, two robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored in Caofeidian Anchorage.
F. (U) BRAZIL: On 28 December, four robbers armed with a handgun boarded a small sailing yacht in the approaches to the port of Santos late at night.
G. (U) SINGAPORE STRAIT: On 28 December, four robbers boarded a bulk carrier awaiting a Pilot 3 nm south of Changi.
H. (U) INDONESIA: On 26 December, a drifting tug under the name KM AMERIKA was spotted by local fishermen some 60 nm off Sungai Liat, Bangka Island, Indonesia. It appeared to be abandoned.
I. (U) MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Between 25 and 26 December, more than 250 migrants were rescued in the central Mediterranean.
J. (U) COSTA RICA: On 25 December, Costa Rica Drug Control Police and the National Coast Guard Service found container of cocaine attached to a GPS buoy in the waters of the Pacific 70 nautical miles from the Pacific coast.
K. (U) CHINA: On 25 December, customs authorities seized 12,000 tons of smuggled fuel.
L. (U) INDONESIA: On 25 December, duty crewman onboard a tanker anchored in Cilacap Anchorage.
M. (U) NIGERIA: On 24 December, three robbers attempted to board a product tanker anchored in the SSA Anchorage, Lagos.
N. (U) NEW ZEALAND: On 21 December, a French tourist was caught in Paihia with 24 kilograms of cocaine.
O. (U) CAMBODIA: On 6 December, authorities in the southwestern port of Sihanoukville found 280 full and partial elephant tusks hidden amongst a cargo of hollowed out logs inside an abandoned shipping container.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for January 2018. 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 January 2018. 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 001-646-466-9522. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese Navy convoy schedule for January 2018. For further information, please e-mail email@example.com, or call Tel 86 10 652 92218; or 86 10 652 92296. (MSCHOA)
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for January 2018. 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)