Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
25 December - 24 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) NIGERIA: On 24 January, a merchant tanker was attacked 50 nm south of Brass.
B. (U) NIGERIA: On 24 January, a bulk carrier was attacked by 2 speed boats with 2 to 3 armed men in each boat 40 nm south of Bonny Fairway Buoy.
C. (U) GUINEA: On 23 January, two persons attempted to board a cargo vessel in Conakry Port Terminal.
D. (U) NIGERIA: On 22 January, gunmen killed two policemen Bayelsa State. E. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 21 January, the bulk carrier NACC VALBELLA was attacked 90 miles southeast of the Yemeni port of Mukalla.
F. (U) GULF OF ADEN: On 20 January, a small boat made a suspicious approach against a Panama-flagged merchant vessel under escort by a Chinese Navy frigate.
G. (U) INDONESIA: On 20 January, two robbers boarded an anchored vessel in Muara Berau Anchorage.
H. (U) SOMALIA: On 19 January, the Federal Government of Somalia welcomed home forty-one of its citizens who had UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED 4 been in Indian jails for piracy related offences.
I. (U) INDONESIA: On 19 January, two fishermen kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants over a year ago were freed by their captors.
J. (U) BRAZIL: On 18 January, authorities confiscated 444 shipping containers in a probe into illegal logging in the Amazon.
K. (U) UNITED STATES: On 17 January, authorities in the port of Miami announced they had seized 550 pounds of cocaine aboard a cargo vessel.
L. (U) PANAMA: On 14 January, an in-the-water and not locked dinghy went missing from a sailing yacht anchored in San Blas Wasaladup.
M. (U) NIGERIA: On 5 January, two robbers boarded a tanker carrying out STS operations 6.24 nm south of Lagos.
N. (U) VIETNAM: On 1 January, a robber boarded an anchored vessel during cargo operations in Cam Pha Loading Anchorage.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for January and February 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 and February 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 and February 2018. For further information, please email 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 and February 2018. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit ww.dgshipping.com. Telephone numbers for contact are: 91-22-22614646 or fax at 91- 22-22613636. (MSCHOA)